Department of Labor and Industry
Safety and Health Codes Board
Virginia Field Sanitation Standard, Agriculture [16 VAC 25 ‑ 180]
|Description||This regulation is designed to protect workers against heat-related illnesses, communicable and infectious diseases, urinary tract infections and pesticide illnesses. The regulation ensures that sanitary conditions affecting agricultural workers will be maintained so as to minimize adverse effects on their health and safety. The regulation requires employers with eleven or more employees engaged in hand labor operations in the field to provide their employees with potable drinking water, toilet facilities, and hand washing facilities. Employers are required to permit reasonable use of the facilities and provide training on personal hygiene practices to prevent illness and spread of disease. In addition, for all agricultural establishments regardless of the number of employees, the provision of potable drinking water is required.|
|State Authority||Section (40.1-22 )5 of the Code of Virginia|
|Federal Authority||Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (P.L. 91-596)|
|Exempt from APA||No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act and the standard executive branch review process.|
|Text of Regulation||Link to Virginia Administrative Code|
|Goals of Regulation||
1. Reduce the incidence of material impairment of health of Virginia workers due to workplace exposure to known hazards.
2. Require sanitary facilities for agricultural workers equal to those required for construction workers.
3. The protection of the public's health, safety, and welfare with the least possible cost and intrusiveness to the citizens and businesses of the Commonwealth.
|Name / Title:||Jay Withrow / Director, Legal Support, VPP, ORA, OPP, and OWP|
Main Street Centre
600 East Main Street, Suite 207
Richmond, VA 23219
|Telephone:||(804)786-9873 FAX: (804)786-8418 TDD: ()-|