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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. Its 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 public and private sector places of employment in the state, with the exception of federal employees, 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

VOSH has adopted the majority of OSHA standards that would relate to public and private sector employer 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 public and private — 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
  • Richmond, VA 23219
  • (804) 371-2327
  • C. Ray Davenport, Commissioner
  • (804) 786-2377
  • (804) 371-6524
  • William Burge, Assistant Commissioner
  • (804) 786-2327
  • (804) 371-6524
  • Ronald L. Graham, VOSH Health Director
  • (804) 786-0574
  • (804) 371-6524
  • Paul B. Schilinski, VOSH Safety Director
  • (703) 392-0900 or (804) 786-7776
  • (703) 392-0308
  • Jay Withrow, Director, Division of Legal Support
  • (804) 371-2327
  • (804) 371-6524


OSHA makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate and up to date, but changes in state law and procedures affecting the information on this page are beyond OSHA's control. Contact state program staff directly to verify important information.

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