LABOR LAW NEWS
Virginia Safety and Health Protection on the Job Notice Revised
By Kelsey Basten
Published on March 2, 2016
Virginia removed the requirement for the minimum number of workers involved in workplace fatalities or injuries that triggers reporting to Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) offices. The revised Job Safety and Health Protection notice now reads:
“All fatalities, and injuries or illnesses that result in an in-patient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye must be reported to VOSH within eight (8) hours.”
The previous version required three or more employees involved in workplace fatalities or injuries before trigger VOSH reporting.
The section heading was changed from “Fatalities” to “Accident Reporting.”
Virginia State Occupational Safety and Health Plan
Virginia is one of 22 states in the U.S. that has a statewide occupational safety and health plan approved by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The majority of the State Plan is a carbon copy of federal OSHA guidelines, with unique standards set for tree trimming, agriculture, telecommunications, and construction operations.
Each state with an OSHA-approved State Plan receives up to 50 percent of the cost of its program from the federal government. After final approval by OSHA in 1988, the Virginia State Plan enabled VOSH officers to inspect workplaces for hazardous conditions and issue citations where violations of VOSH regulations are found.
Virginia Safety and Health Protection on the Job Notice and Posting Requirements
The Virginia Safety and Health Protection on the Job notice are required for all private and public employers with Virginia workplace locations.
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