Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Labor and Industry
Safety and Health Codes Board
Heat Illness Prevention Standard [16 VAC 25 ‑ 210]
Action NOIRA on Heat Illness Prevention
Comment Period Ended on 6/9/2021
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6/8/21  5:01 pm
Commenter: VA Transportation Construction Alliance

VTCA Comments on Notice of Intended Regulatory Action - Heat Illness Prevention

The Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance represents more than 300 transportation contractor, aggregate producers, consultant engineers, suppliers and service providers who design, build, and maintain Virginia’s transportation network.   On behalf of our members, we are pleased to submit comments related the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) to initiate the regulatory process to a adopt regulation applicable to Heat Illness Prevention.

VTCA’s members place protection of their employees, our most valuable resource, as a top priority through extensive safety programs, requirements, and adherence to proven existing regulatory standards.  To successfully achieve the Board’s objective to reduce/eliminate employee injuries, illnesses, and fatalities due to heat illnesses we strongly recommend that:

  • the proposed regulations be specific and applicable to the covered industry as well as specific work activities.  Road construction and the aggregate mining industry consist of specialized work environments.  Providing effective protection of our workers require the application of preventive measures tailored to the specific activities found on our jobsites.

  • new standards be based on existing, proven protection standards in the road construction industry.

  • final regulations should be based on sound scientific information, data and real-life experience.

  • safety is a heavily regulated element within the highway/road construction industry and the aggregate mining industry.  New regulations intended to address heat exposure risks should be consistent with and complement existing federal, state, and local regulatory requirements.

Given the breadth and importance of our industry to Virginia’s economy and the direct impact this Rulemaking will have on our member’s employees and operations we look forward to working closely with the Regulatory Advisory Panel to address improvements to heat illness safety.


Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments and your consideration of our input.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

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