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Virginia Administrative Code

16VAC25. Safety and Health Codes Board



The Safety and Health Codes Board, with the advice of the Commissioner of Labor and Industry, is authorized to adopt, alter, amend, or repeal rules and regulations to further protect and promote the safety and health of employees in places of employment over which it has jurisdiction and to effect compliance with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (P.L. 91-596) under the State Plan agreement for the enforcement of occupational safety and health, between the Commonwealth and  the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S, Department of Labor. The Board is mandated to adopt the occupational safety and health standard that most adequately assures, to the extent feasible, on the basis of the best available evidence, that no employee will suffer material impairment of health or functional capacity. However, such standards shall be at least as stringent as the standards promulgated by federal  OSHA. Such rules and regulations of the Board are to be enforced by the Commissioner and the Department of Labor and Industry. The Board may determine appeals submitted by employers who contest Department orders denying variances from its standards.  Code of Virginia, Title 40.1, Chapters 1 and 3.

The Board is authorized to adopt definitions, rules, regulations, and standards necessary for the operation of the Voluntary Protection Program in a manner that will promote safe and healthy workplaces throughout the Commonwealth. Code of Virginia, Title 40.1, Chapter 3.


The Board is also authorized to adopt, alter, amend, or repeal rules, regulations, and standards to ensure the proper demolition and renovation of asbestos containing structures or buildings and effect compliance with the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) asbestos requirements of the U.S. Clean Air Act, administered by the Environmental Protection Agency. Code of Virginia, Title 40.1, Chapter 3.3.

The Board is authorized to adopt, alter, amend, or repeal definitions, rules, regulations, and standards that are designed for the protection of human life and property from the unsafe or dangerous construction, installation, inspection, operation, maintenance and repair of boilers and pressure vessels in the Commonwealth. Code of Virginia, Title 40.1, Chapter 3.1.

The Board is further authorized to promulgate regulations requiring contract fee boiler inspectors, as a condition of their doing business in the Commonwealth, to demonstrate sufficient financial responsibility. Code of Virginia, Title 40.1, Chapter 3.1.

The Board is also authorized to establish standards to be used in determining the ability, proficiency, and qualifications of a person applying for certification as a boiler and pressure vessel operator. Code of Virginia, Title 15.2, Chapter 9.

The Board is authorized to adopt reasonable rules and regulations designed to protect the safety and health of the employees engaged in the construction, maintenance, repair and operation of tramways or any other hauling or lifting devices used as a public or employee conveyance, and to protect the safety and health of the public or the employees when using such conveyance in, about, or in connection with recreational areas. Code of Virginia, Article 5 of Title 40.1, Chapter 3.

Agency regulations may be accessed by means of:

(i) the Virginia Legislative Information System website at:;

(ii) email at:;

(iii) regular mail from:

Department of Labor and Industry

Main Street Centre

600 East Main Street, Suite 207

Richmond, VA 23219-2430;

(iv) or in person at:

Department of Labor and Industry,

Main Street Centre,

600 East Main Street, 17th Floor

Richmond, VA 23219-2430.

Rev. 09/2018

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