Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Labor and Industry
Safety and Health Codes Board
Administrative Regulation for the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Program [16 VAC 25 ‑ 60]
Administrative Regulations for the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Program
Action 4468
General Information
Action Summary The Administrative Regulation for the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) Program is the promulgated rules and procedures under which the Commonwealth carries out its obligations, as prescribed by Title 40.1 of the Code of Virginia and the Virginia State Plan for Occupational Safety and Health, as approved by the U.S. Department of Labor. The NOIRA was requested to address several issues in regard to the Administrative Regulation of the VOSH Program. The proposed changes are intended to accommodate statutory changes to the Code of Virginia, strengthen anti-retaliation or “whistleblower” protections for both public and private sector employees, and to specify the burden of proof threshold for VOSH cases which go to Circuit Court. The goals of this regulatory action is to develop specific language covering the scope and range of each proposed change after these issues have been reviewed and analyzed by VOSH staff as well as input from the public during the initial 30-day public comment period.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [004561]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
7371 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 01/27/2016.
7520 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 02/17/2017.
8023 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 12/15/2017.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Jay Withrow  / Director of Legal Support
Address: Main Street Centre
600 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)786-9873    FAX: ()-    TDD: ()-