- Initial Approval: July 23, 2003 (68 FR 43457)
The Virgin Islands Division of Occupational Safety and Health (VIDOSH) is part of the Virgin Islands Department of Labor which is headed by the Commissioner. The main office is located in Christiansted, St. Croix.
The Virgin Islands State Plan applies to all U.S. territorial government agencies throughout the Virgin Islands, including fire districts and school districts. Federal OSHA covers private sector workplaces as well as federal agencies including the United States Postal Service (USPS). A brief summary of the Virgin Islands State Plan is included in the Code of Federal Regulations at 29 CFR 1952.26. Federal OSHA retains the authority to promulgate, modify, or revoke occupational safety and health standards under Section 6 of the OSH Act. In the event that federal OSHA resumes enforcement, those federal standards will be enforced. Federal OSHA also retains the authority to monitor the State Plan under Section 18(f) of the OSH Act.
State Plan Standards and Regulations
VIDOSH has adopted all OSHA standards and regulations applicable to territorial government employment and does not have any unique standards or regulations.
VIDOSH is responsible for the enforcement of its occupational safety and health standards. VIDOSH utilizes the Field Operations Manual (FOM) with modifications specific for territorial government enforcement. More information can be found on the Virgin Islands State Plan website.
Voluntary and Cooperative Programs
VIDOSH has a territorial government consultation program. It also has an agreement with OSHA, under section 21(d) of the OSH Act, 29 USC 670(d) to provide free on-site consultation services to the private sector. For more information, please contact the "Safety in Paradise" On-site Consultation Program which is administered by the University of the Virgin Islands.
A territorial sector employer who receives a citation and would like to contest it may notify the Commissioner of the Virgin Islands Department of Labor within 15 work days of issuance and a hearing will be held. For more information on proceedings, please visit the Virgin Islands State Plan website.
Virgin Islands Division of Occupational Safety and Health (VIDOSH)
- 4401 Sion Farm, Christiansted
- St. Croix, Virgin Islands (U.S), 00820-4245
- Dean Andrews, Director
- (340) 773-1994 x 2161
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.