The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry is the agency responsible for administering the plan and
the Virginia Department of Health is designated as responsible for occupational health matters. The plan defines the covered occupational safety and
health issues as defined by the Secretary of Labor in 29 CFR 1902.2(c)(1) and all safety and health standards adopted by the Secretary of Labor,
except those found in 29 CFR Parts 1915, 1916, 1917, and 1918 (ship repairing, shipbuilding, shipbreaking and longshoring), will be enforced by the
State upon approval of the plan by the Assistant Secretary. The State will retain its existing standard applicable to ionizing radiation. New Federal
standards will be adopted by the Safety and Health Codes Commission within 6 months after Federal promulgation.
The plan includes enabling legislation passed by the Virginia legislature in February 1973, and
amendments thereto enacted in 1975 and 1976. The Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry will have authority to enforce and administer
laws regarding the safety and health of employees. Safety inspections will be conducted by the Department of Labor and Industry whereas health
inspections will be conducted by the Department of Health. The Department of Labor and Industry will issue citations, set abatement dates, and issue
summons and/or warrants for a civil district court determination of violations and assessment of proposed penalties for such safety and health
violations. Appeals of the district court's determination shall be to the circuit court sitting without a jury. Fire safety inspections and
enforcement will be provided by agreement with the State Fire Marshal. The State plan provides for the coverage of all employees including coverage of
public employees within the Commonwealth with the exception of maritime workers, employees of the United States, and employees whose working
conditions are regulated by Federal agencies other than the U.S. Department of Labor under section 4(b)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act
of 1970. The Commissioner is authorized to establish a program applicable to employees of the State and its political subdivisions.
The legislation also insures inspections in response to employee complaints; right of employer and
employee representatives to accompany inspectors; notification to employees or their representatives when no compliance action is taken as a result of
alleged violations; notification to employees of their protection and obligations; protection of employees against discharge or discrimination in
terms and conditions of employment; adequate safeguards to protect trade secrets; prompt notice to employers and employees of alleged violations of
standards and abatement requirements; effective sanctions against employers for violations of rules, regulations, standards and orders; employee right
of review in the State civil courts and employee participation in this judicial review process. In addition, there is provision for prompt restraint
of imminent danger situations by injunction and "red-tag" procedures. The plan also proposes to develop a program to encourage voluntary compliance by
employers and employees, including provision for onsite consultation, which program will not detract from its enforcement program.
The plan sets out goals and provides a timetable for bringing it into conformity with Part 1902 of this
chapter at the end of three years after commencement of operations under the plan. The plan also includes the State Administrative Process Act. A
merit system of personnel administration will be utilized.
The plan includes the following documents as of the date of approval:
The plan document and appendices including revised legislation, submitted June 21, 1976.
Letters from the Department of Labor and Industry dated January 15, March 4, and August 23, 1976,
and from the Department of Health dated August 18, 1976.