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Virginia State Plan

Virginia State Plan

Virginia State Plan

[Virginia State Plan Website]
  • Initial Approval: September 23, 1976
  • State Plan Certification: August 15, 1984
  • 18(e) Final Approval: November 30, 1988

Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) is part of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) which is headed by the Commissioner. The main office is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia with field offices located in Abingdon, Lynchburg, Manassas, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Verona, and Winchester, Virginia.


The Virginia State Plan applies to all state and local government and private sector workplaces in the state, with the exception of federal workers, the United States Postal Service, private sector maritime, federal military facilities, and other federal territories where the state has relinquished jurisdiction to the federal government.

Unique State Plan Standards and Regulations

VOSH has adopted the majority of OSHA standards that would relate to state and local government and private sector workplace operations. However, VOSH has adopted the following unique standards and regulations:

  • Confined spaces in the construction and telecommunication industries
  • Overhead high voltage line safety
  • Fall protection in steel erection
  • Reverse signal operation in construction and general industries
  • Compliance with manufacturer's instruction for vehicles, machinery, tools and equipment in general industry, construction, maritime, and agriculture
  • Tree trimming
Enforcement Programs

VOSH is responsible for the enforcement of its safety and health standards. Compliance officers inspect workplaces for hazardous conditions and issue citations where violations of VOSH regulations are found. Inspections may be the result of regular scheduling, imminent danger reports, fatalities, and worker complaints or referrals. More information on enforcement in Virginia can be found on the Virginia State Plan website.

Voluntary and Cooperative Programs

VOSH offers voluntary and cooperative programs focused on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. VOSH also offers on-site consultation services which help employers — both state and local government and private sector — comply with VOSH or OSHA standards and identify and correct potential safety and health hazards. For more information on these programs, please visit the Virginia State Plan website.

Informal Conferences and Appeals

VOSH conducts informal conferences in an effort to resolve contested cases. Each employer, worker, or worker representative may request an informal conference after receipt of the citation(s) of alleged violations. The informal conference may be requested through the appropriate VOSH Regional Director. For more information on these proceedings, please visit the Virginia State Plan website.

Contact Information

Virginia Department of Labor and Industry Main Street Centre
  • 600 East Main Street, Suite 207
  • Richmond, VA 23219
  • (804) 371-2327
  • (804) 371-6524
  • C. Ray Davenport, Commissioner
  • (804) 786-2377
  • William Burge, Assistant Commissioner
  • (804) 786-2327
  • (804) 371-2327
  • Ronald L. Graham, VOSH Health Director
  • (804) 786-0574
  • Jennifer Rose, VOSH Safety Director
  • (804) 786-7776
  • Jay Withrow, Director, Division of Legal Support
  • (804) 371-2327


OSHA makes every effort to ensure that this webpage is accurate and up-to-date; however, for the latest information please contact the State Plan directly.

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