Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Labor and Industry
Safety and Health Codes Board
Virginia Field Sanitation Standard, Agriculture [16 VAC 25 ‑ 180]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
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.
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.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Cristin Bernhardt  / Regulatory Coordinator / Staff Attorney
Address: Main Street Centre
600 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)786-2392    FAX: (804)786-2641    TDD: ()-
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Correcting Amendments to the Construction Industry Standard for Sanitation; in General; and Field Sanitation Standard
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 09/15/2012.

Periodic Reviews
Last Activity Status
11/16/2020 Agency Completed Retain As Is
7/20/2016 Agency Completed Retain As Is
5/1/2009 Agency Completed Retain As Is
7/16/2004 Agency Completed Retain As Is
7/17/2000 Agency Completed Retain As Is