"To make Virginia
a better place to work by promoting safe and healthful workplaces and
best employment practices and to provide employers an opportunity to
train a skilled workforce through a proven, cost-effective system of
FROM THE COMMISSIONER
Since 1898, the
Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) has been committed
to serving the citizens, employers and employees of the Commonwealth.
Although the Agency's responsibilities have
evolved over time, our fundamental job - to make Virginia a safe, healthy,
and productive place to work - remains the same and is the driving force
behind everything we do.
I am pleased to present DOLI's 2003 Annual Report.
We continue to work with Virginia employers and employees that have
strong safety and health programs and those that want to achieve them
through our voluntary protection programs and consultation services.
Affordable, quality safety and health training is provided through our
successful Annual Safety and Health Conference. Compliance activities
address safety and health hazards in general industry and construction,
and special emphasis programs are in place to increase safety awareness,
especially in construction. Through registered apprenticeship, we provide
workers job training opportunities for lifelong skills and help employers
meet their needs for highly skilled workers. We also ensure that employees
are properly paid and protected by administering payment of wage, minimum
wage, child labor, and other labor laws. Our boiler safety program protects
life and property by certifying and overseeing the installation, operation,
and repair of boilers and pressure vessels.
For additional information on our activities
and services, please visit our Web site at http://www.doli.virginia.gov.
If my staff or I can be of assistance to you, please contact us.
C. Ray Davenport
VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) is dedicated to serving
the needs of the citizens of the Commonwealth by making Virginia a safe,
healthy, and productive place to work. The agency provides a broad variety
of services to employers and workers. Along with the Virginia Safety
and Health Codes Board, the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Board and
the Virginia Apprenticeship Council, DOLI administers and enforces the
Commonwealth's occupational safety and health programs, payment of wage
statute, right-to-work and child labor laws, fosters worker apprenticeship
programs, and certifies the safe operation of commercial boilers and
pressure vessels. In addition to central office headquarters located
in Richmond, Virginia, customer assistance is provided at seven regional
and field office sites throughout the Commonwealth.
2003, the staff of the Virginia Apprenticeship program worked actively
with more than 11,000 apprentices and 1,900 employers (registered sponsors)
throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. These apprentices and sponsors
represent over 300 occupations, including but not limited to, electrician,
maintenance mechanic, welder, and shipfitter.
Anyone interested in apprenticeship opportunities
can seek apprenticeable occupations and sponsors on DOLI's Web site
most sought-after apprenticeships include the following occupations:
- Cosmetologist and Barber
- Electronics Mechanic
- Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
- Maintenance Mechanic
DOLI's Apprenticeship staff includes a program
director, senior management analyst, and nine field representatives.
Field representatives work from offices located in all regions of the
state and are responsible for developing sponsorships through program
promotion, registering new participants, and providing ongoing customer
service. The program director and analyst are housed at DOLI's headquarters
office, where they manage and set policy, issue completion certificates,
and represent and promote the program to the public, educators, parents,
and other agencies and organizations. All staff work with several workforce
training partners - the Virginia Employment Commission, the Virginia
Community College System, the Department of Business Assistance, and
the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, U. S. Department of Labor.
Virginia's Apprentices Work in a Variety of Industries,
as Illustrated in the following Chart:
*Other - Includes Agriculture, Forestry
and Fishing; Mining; Finance, Insurance and Real Estate; and Wholesale
The Virginia Apprenticeship
Council (VAC), appointed by the Governor, is composed of management
and labor representatives familiar with apprenticeable occupations.
The Commissioner of the Virginia Employment Commission and the Chancellor
of the Virginia Community College System, or their designated representatives,
and a local superintendent from a school division that provides apprenticeship
related training are ex-officio members of the Council with voting privileges.
The Commissioner of Labor and Industry, with the advice and guidance
of the Council, is responsible for administering the provisions of the
Voluntary Apprenticeship Act.
Each year, the Council, in collaboration with
DOLI, recognizes outstanding apprentices who have completed their training
programs and are nominated by their sponsoring organizations. Apprentices
are judged on craftsmanship, accuracy, cooperation, leadership, decision-making,
and consideration for their companies and co-workers.
At its December meeting, the Council presented
annual Outstanding Apprentice Awards to four individuals:
Robert B. Arredondo, Jr., an electrician apprentice
employed by Northrop Grumman Newport News, Newport News;
Mark D. Christian, a HVAC mechanic apprentice
employed by University of Virginia Facilities Management, Charlottesville;
Kevin D. Clay, a maintenance mechanic apprentice
employed by C. B. Fleet, Lynchburg; and
Yolanda D. Davis, a brick mason apprentice employed
by Norfolk Area Bricklayers, Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee,
the guidance of the Chief Inspector, the Boiler Safety Compliance Division
enforces and oversees the provisions of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel
Safety Act. The program's primary objective is to protect life and property
through regular inspections of boiler and pressure vessel equipment
and to ensure compliance with state laws and rules and regulations governing
the construction, installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of
boilers and pressure vessels.
In 2003, more than 35,021 inspections were made of boilers and pressure
vessels by insurance companies registered in Virginia to write boiler
and pressure vessel insurance, private contract fee inspectors, and
owners/users who qualified to obtain Virginia Commissions from DOLI
for their inspection personnel.
On July 2, 2003, the Virginia Safety and Health
Codes Board's approved amendments to boiler rules, such as those governing
waterside controls on fuel trains, went into effect, bringing the rules
up to date with national standards.
During 2003, in a continuing effort to prevent
accidents, Boiler Safety focused on finding unregistered objects in
automobile industries, apartment buildings, and laundry and dry cleaning
establishments. Delinquent notices formerly sent following certificate
expiration were replaced with reminder notices 30 days prior to expiration.
We also worked jointly with insurance companies to provide electronic
review, resulting in more accurate and consistent data, as well as increased
electronic reporting. In addition, internal procedures were improved
to process inspection reports more quickly and eliminate a backlog in
reports. Interpretations and technical letters continue to be posted
on the agency's Web site.
A boiler inspector position was replaced and
reassigned to Tidewater to provide better customer service. Through
participation in the Virginia Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors
Association and meetings with inspectors, there has been improved understanding
and enforcement of Virginia rules, operations and developments. Inspectors
are handling and abating more non-comformances before they become violations.
OF BOILER SAFETY
Total Active Objects Registered
SAFETY AND HEALTH CONFERENCE
The Eighth Annual Virginia Safety and Health
Conference was held June 4-6, 2003 at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel
and Waterfront Conference Center. The more than 380 Conference participants
engaged in safety and health training sessions on chemical exposures,
accident investigations, drugs in the workplace, crane safety and Virginia
payment of wage provisions, among others. Safety and health training,
equipment and related products were displayed and demonstrated at more
than 40 vendor exhibits.
Concurrent sessions also included opportunities
to learn about emergency response systems, what to expect of a VOSH
inspection, black box technology in traffic accidents, innovations in
industrial hygiene, and employee safety in excavations.
The Conference succeeded in increasing session
participation and improving the variety of training offered at an affordable
price to employers, employees and safety and health professionals in
Consultation Services provides safety and
health consultation to private and public sector employers with priority
given to high hazard companies with 250 or fewer employees. Funded ninety
percent (90%) by federal OSHA, in 2003 eleven (11) consultants provided
on-site safety and health services to 515 employers in the private sector.
The public sector program is funded fifty percent (50%) by federal OSHA
and provided on-site service to forty-eight (48) employers. The following
table outlines the program activities of Consultation Services and occupational
safety and health training programs conducted for both private and public
sector employers. The total number of visits are lower due to two vacancies
for part of 2003, also contributing to fewer hazards issued. More SHARP
recertifications contribute to fewer hazards issued because these companies
are recognized as exemplary worksites; thus, they are expected to be
SERVICES: PROGRAM ACTIVITIES
Program Assistance Visits
Serious Hazards Abated
Serious Hazards Identified
Total Hazards Identified
VOSH Training staff conducted formal training
programs for both the private and public sectors and provided consultative
services to public sector employers as reflected in the accompanying
Formal Training Sessions
Informal Training Sessions
In October of 2003 the agency filled a training
vacancy, which will increase formal training opportunities for private
and public sector employers throughout the Commonwealth. To date, 19
training courses have been identified and developed that will be presented
in 52 sessions during the first half of 2004.
In 2003, the Research and Analysis unit
conducted the 32nd Annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses,
collecting data for calendar year 2002 from 5,100 employers throughout
the Commonwealth. The Annual Survey reports injury and illness rates
by industry for Virginia and 53 other jurisdictions under a cooperative
agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Virginia's private sector rate for 2002 was
4.4 cases per 100 full-time equivalent employees. The public sector
rate for injuries and illnesses was 5.0 with a state government rate
of 4.1 and a local government rate of 5.5. The Annual Survey also provides
demographic characteristics of injured or ill employees and the case
characteristics of the incidents that occur.
Because of the revised OSHA requirements for
reporting occupational injuries and illnesses (the change in the reporting
instrument to the Form 300), the estimates from the 2002 Survey are
not comparable with those from previous years. In statistical terms,
the change is a break in series.
The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI),
also conducted cooperatively with BLS, provides information on all work-related
fatalities for Virginia and the nation. Each fatality must be confirmed
by at least two independently obtained source documents. Research of
death certificates at the State Health Department is necessary. The
Census, conducted yearly by the Research and Analysis unit, includes
all work-related fatalities, whether or not they are subject to OSHA
law and standards.
In 2002, the Virginia Census reported 142 occupational
fatalities, down slightly from the 146 fatalities reported in 2001.
Transportation accidents (50), which include highway, nonhighway, pedestrian,
air, water, and rail fatalities, decreased by 26 percent from 2001 and
continued to be the leading cause of workplace fatalities. Falls (24)
were at the highest level since the series began in 1992, up 50 percent
from the previous year. Assaults and violent acts (22), which include
homicides and suicides, more than doubled from 2001, while contact with
objects and equipment (22), mainly workers struck by falling objects
(13), declined by 29 percent.
The Department continued its participation in
the OSHA Data Initiative for the seventh consecutive year, collecting
data on approximately 1,600 Virginia companies identified by OSHA in
high-hazard industries. The information gathered through this mandatory
survey can be used to target VOSH interventions and to establish and
track performance measures.
The Safety and
Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) provides incentives and
support to smaller, high hazard employers to work with employees to
develop, implement, and continuously improve safety and health programs.
To participate in the SHARP program, an establishment cannot employ
more than 250 employees at one worksite nor more than 500 total employees
nationwide, must be a fixed worksite, have one year of operating history,
and have a Lost Workday Injury and Illness (LWDII) rate below that of
the latest published national average for that industry.
In 2003, twenty-six (26) businesses were recognized
as participants in SHARP. Of these, seven (7) companies achieved SHARP
status for the first time and nineteen (19) companies were recertified
in the program. There are also five (5) companies in the deferral program
with hopes of achieving SHARP status during 2004.
The Virginia Voluntary
Protection Program (VPP) is patterned after the federal VPP and is designed
to recognize and promote effective safety and health management. It
is available to employers in both the private and public sectors. The
program has two levels of participation, Star Worksite and Merit Worksite.
Star participants are a select group of worksites that have designed
and implemented outstanding safety and health programs, including full
and meaningful employee involvement. Merit participants are those that
have demonstrated the potential and willingness to achieve Star status
and are implementing planned actions to fully meet Star requirements.
VPP has rigorous requirements and confers a
high level of recognition on certified employers. The program relies
heavily on employer self-assessments and requires an extensive application
process, including submission of written safety and health policies
and procedures. Once an employer has successfully submitted an application,
the final certification as a Star facility requires agreement to an
intensive, week-long inspection by a VOSH VPP review team. The inspection
team interviews employees, reviews safety and health plans, observes
work practices, and verifies that the employer has implemented effective
safety and health programs. Only those employers that fully meet the
eligibility requirements, that have injury and illness rates below the
state and national averages for their industry, and who can successfully
pass the on-site inspection will have their facilities certified as
In 2003, the goals for the program were: continued
growth in the number of Star worksites in Virginia and an increased
level of involvement by Star sites, both in the area of mentoring and
in participation as Private Industry Volunteers (PIVs). In all of these
areas the program achieved very favorable results. The number of Star
Worksites increased from 23 to 25, at least half of the current Star
Worksites were actively involved in mentoring other sites, and the number
of PIVs increased from 2 to 10. Success in these areas is reflective
of the increase in recognition of the VPP and in the high level of employer
support for the program.
For 2004, there are three main objectives for
- Develop and implement a training program for
Private Industry Volunteers. Virginia currently relies on training
courses sponsored by federal OSHA. However, the cost of travel and
the relatively small number of scheduled classes make it difficult
for businesses to send their employees to this valuable training.
Instituting an agency program will give us the flexibility to schedule
the training at times and in locations that will best serve Virginia.
- Raise the number of PIVs in the state from
10 to 20. Implementation of the first objective will help achieve
this increase and is important for two reasons. First, it increases
the opportunity for Virginia businesses to share best practices. Private
industry volunteers, as members of VPP audit teams, can share their
ideas with those companies undergoing certification. Equally important
is that PIVs will have the opportunity as team members to observe
the best practices of the companies that they audit. Attainment of
this objective is also important because it will help to offset the
costs to Virginia associated with audit team activities; Star worksites
that sponsor PIVs assume full financial responsibility for them.
- Continue increasing the number of Star sites
that are actively involved in mentoring other sites. In view of the
state's limited resources, it makes good sense to leverage the skills
and knowledge of Virginia's private employers to help the agency achieve
The realization of these three objectives will
ensure that the program continues to grow, that it will be an increasingly
effective vehicle for the sharing of best practices, and that this increased
effectiveness will encourage more employers to voluntarily improve their
safety and health programs and seek recognition through VPP.
DIVISION OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW
The Labor and Employment
Law Division is responsible for administering and enforcing the laws
of the Commonwealth that govern the payment of wages, minimum wage,
child labor, garnishee rights, the right to work, and certain other
provisions of state law pertaining to polygraphs, medical examinations,
employees being prevented employment by others, employees' day of rest
and discharge for work-related injuries.
DOLI's Labor and Employment Law staff includes
a director, legal assistant and program staff located in the agency's
headquarters office and nine labor law representatives that work in
offices located throughout the state.
In 2003, the Division collected $1,046,863.47 in wages on behalf of
employees who worked in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Civil monetary
penalties in the amount of $212,125.00 were assessed and reduced to
judgment, and a total of $24,023.33 in civil monetary penalties was
collected and sent to the state's general fund.
During 2003, there were 15,088 minors working under Labor and Employment
Law certificates; 14,696 were working with employment certificates,
30 with age certificates and 362 with theatrical permits. The Division
returned 194 employment certificates for errors or noncompliance; of
those, 108 certificates were revoked and the remaining documents were
corrected and issued. Every year, the Division assists, instructs, supervises
and provides supplies to over 1,500 Issuing Officers across the Commonwealth,
who are charged with the responsibility of issuing properly executed
employment certificates to minors 14 and 15 years of age.
The General Assembly amended the Payment of
Wage Act in 2003 to allow employers to pay employees with pay cards.
The new law, which went into effect on July 1, 2003, allows an employer
to pay its employees with pay cards only if the employees elect to be
paid by that method. The amendment also requires employers who want
to use pay cards to establish a trust fund account from which pay card
wage payments will be made. In order for the employer to comply with
§40.1-29 of the Code of Virginia, every employee receiving his
or her wages by way of a pay card will be a named beneficiary of the
A one-call pilot program was initiated in December
of 2003. Designed to provide more efficient service to our constituents,
payment of wage cases selected for this program so far have arisen primarily
in the Tidewater region. Under the pilot program, rather than initiating
each case by corresponding with the employer, a labor law representative
will first contact the employer by telephone. If successful in reaching
the employer, the representative will explain that the agency has received
a complaint and ask if the employer owes the claimant, often a former
employee, the wages that are indicated on the claim form. If the employer
agrees that the wages are due and submits the wages to DOLI for distribution
to the claimant, the case will be closed immediately, with no further
investigation. The initiative has proven to be successful, with collection
of $13,411.71 in wages by contacting 88 employers over a six-week period.
Annually, Labor and Employment Law staff respond to thousands of telephone
and Internet inquiries from employers, employees, and other interested
persons requesting information and literature concerning labor laws
and related concerns.
LABOR PENALTY ANALYSIS
Working Without an Employment Certificate
Failure to Keep Time Records
Working Illegal Hours
Employment of Children in Prohibited Occupations
|Child Labor Complaints were Investigated Against
14 Companies in 2003, Resulting in 41 Violations.
Payment of Wage
MIGRANT AND SEASONAL FARMWORKERS BOARD
AND INTERAGENCY MIGRANT WORKER POLICY COMMITTEE
Some 18,000 migrant
and seasonal farmworkers help tend Virginia's crops annually, serving
a critical role in the state's agricultural economy. Virginia has both
a Governor's Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Advisory Board and an
Interagency Migrant Worker Policy Committee. The Board, which meets
quarterly, is comprised of 15 representatives of grower communities;
migrant and seasonal farmworkers; government, public and private agencies;
and interest groups. The Committee, which also meets on a quarterly
basis, is comprised of representatives of 16 state agencies that serve
farmworkers. The Board's and Committee's primary roles are reviewing,
coordinating, and evaluating services and addressing issues regarding
migrant and seasonal farmworkers in Virginia. The Virginia Department
of Labor and Industry provides staff support to both the Board and Committee,
with the Commissioner serving as Committee Chairman.
A biennial report detailing Board and Policy
Committee activities is prepared and sent to the Governor and General
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH COMPLIANCE
VOSH Safety Compliance
enforces the state laws and regulations that address the safety and
health of workers employed in construction and general industry, both
in the public and private sectors. The primary responsibility of the
division is to enforce these laws by conducting inspections of the state's
workplaces to ensure compliance with state safety standards and regulations.
These inspections are conducted in response to accidents, complaints,
referrals or randomly scheduled inspections.
The long-term approach for achieving workplace
safety is to identify significant problems, determine the most effective
way to address them, use the best mix of available tools, and then measure
the results. For instance, Safety Compliance used Workers' Compensation
First Reports of Accidents to promptly investigate amputations and other
serious accidents. Other emphasis programs on scaffolding, heavy equipment,
and trenching resulted in increased awareness of safety in the construction
The Richmond regional office changed location
from Main Street Station in downtown Richmond to the North Run Office
Complex on Parham Road in the West End. This move was necessitated by
the conversion of Main Street Station back into a full-fledged train
In addition, eight new Compliance Officers were
hired in 2003 and are in the process of being trained. This is certainly
a greater number of new hires than normal, but the transition is going
Proposed General Requirements for Clearances, Construction of Electric
Transmission and Distribution Lines and Equipment in the Construction
Industry were presented to the Safety and Health Codes Board. These
requirements matched Construction standards to existing General Industry
standards, basically requiring prevention of exposure to other body
parts, other than hands and arms, during construction.
The Safety and Health Codes Board also adopted a technical amendment
to the final rule for Powered Industrial Trucks, General Industry, §1910.178
to include the latest federal changes.
In addition, the Board amended the final rule for Occupational Injury
and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements, §§ 1904.12
and 1904.29(b)(7)(vi) to include the December 2002 federal changes.
The amendments deleted musculoskeletal disorders record keeping provisions.
On August 12, 2003 the Safety and Health Codes Board held a public hearing
in compliance with the regulatory adoption process of the Administrative
Process Act. The Board received public comments regarding the proposed
Virginia-unique regulation on Safety Standards for Fall Protection in
Steel Erection in the Construction Industry. The Steel Erection rulemaking
was finalized in November 2003, allowing Virginia to continue requiring
fall protection in steel erection at heights of 10 feet or higher, and
not to recognize controlled decking zones in steel erection.
Our Northern Virginia region had the most fatalities
in 2003. This was largely due to the great amount of construction in
that area. Falls from heights remained the number one cause of death
in the workplace for the third year in a row, followed closely by being
"crushed by" an object or equipment. Being "struck by"
an object, electrocution and explosions were the next most frequent
causes of fatalities in the Commonwealth. Greater focus through consultation
and education and training is being implemented throughout the state
that hopefully will have a positive effect on the overall fatality rate.
Specifically, a new Trainer was hired in 2003 to conduct training classes
for employers. In addition, the Commissioner and the VOSH Director gave
numerous talks to various groups and organizations encouraging safety
and health in the workplace.
The VOSH Health Compliance Division focuses on recognition and evaluation
of exposure to occupational health hazards. Industrial Hygiene Compliance
Officers conduct workplace inspections to evaluate employee exposure
to substances or work conditions such as air contaminants, noise, and
bloodborne pathogens. The division is also responsible for enforcing
VOSH regulations that contain control measures used to reduce employee
exposure to such substances/conditions, including engineering controls
(industrial ventilation, enclosures, etc.), administrative controls
(employee rotation, hazard communication, housekeeping, etc.), and personal
protective equipment (respiratory protection, hearing protection, chemical
protective clothing, etc.). Workplace inspections are generated in the
same manner as the VOSH Safety Compliance Division, i.e., through accidents,
complaints, referrals or general schedule inspections. Additionally,
the Health Compliance Division continues to focus on the health hazards
of silica, asbestos, and lead through special emphasis programs. The
Health Compliance Division also has been authorized by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency to enforce the National Emission Standard for Hazardous
Air Pollutants (NESHAPs) for the protection of the general public and
the environment from asbestos emissions during renovation and demolition
The following tables offer an analysis
of the activities
of VOSH enforcement over the period of 2001-2003:
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY &
PENALTIES ASSESSED (IN
Failure to Abate
OFFICE OF LEGAL SUPPORT
Office of Legal Support provides general legal and technical support
to DOLI's occupational safety and health programs and other programs
in the agency, as needed. Among its responsibilities are:
- reviewing and processing VOSH contested cases,
significant cases (e.g. pre-citation review of fatality and proposed
willful citation cases), formal settlement agreements, administrative
search warrant requests, subpoenas for documents and testimony;
- litigating VOSH contested cases in Virginia
Circuit Courts by serving as Special Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys,
or assisting Commonwealth's Attorneys in their prosecution of our
cases (Litigation work is done with the review and approval of the
Assistant Attorney General assigned to the Department.);
- processing requests for information under
the Virginia Freedom of Information Act;
- evaluating and responding to Complaints Against
State Plan Administration (CASPAs); and
- assisting divisions in the development of
policies and procedures, standards, and statutory changes.
OF LEGAL SUPPORT ACTIVITIES
Significant Case Pre-Citation Reviews
Contested Case Review Activities
Settlement Agreement Activities
Freedom of Information Act Requests
The VOSH Office of Planning and Evaluation
(OPE) provides planning and procedural assistance to DOLI's occupational
safety and health programs. Program evaluation efforts continue to be
developed as resources permit. Accomplishments during 2003 include the
- Issued 29 program directives dealing with
inspection or enforcement procedures for individual standards, compliance
assistance, or specific emphasis programs;
- Coordinated with the Office of Legal Support,
as needed, to develop performance measures;
- Updated and reprinted three VOSH publications:
Employer's Rights and Responsibilities Following a VOSH Inspection,
Closing Conference Guide, and the Administrative Regulations Manual;
- Developed alternate e-versions of the revised
VOSH Field Operations Manual, program directives system and related
manuals for posting on the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall Web site.
The Safety and Health Codes Board held two meetings and one public hearing
during 2003. OPE assisted the Board in the adoption, amendment, and
approval of several regulatory actions, as follows:
- Adopted new proposed General Requirements
for Clearances, Construction of Electric Transmission and Distribution
Lines and Equipment in the Construction Industry;
- Adopted a technical amendment to the final
rule for Powered Industrial Trucks, General Industry, §1910.178
to include the latest federal changes;
- Amended the final rule for Occupational Injury
and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements, §§1904.12
and 1904.29(b) (7)(vi) to include the December 2002 and June 2003
- Held a public hearing to receive public comments
regarding the proposed, and subsequently adopted, Virginia-unique
regulation on Safety Standards for Fall Protection in Steel Erection
in the Construction Industry; and
- Authorized the development of a Notice of
Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) for Boiler and Pressure Vessel
Rules and Regulations concerning contract fee inspector financial
of Administration is responsible for the following agency-wide functions:
accounting, budgeting, financial management and compliance (including
grants), information technology, records management, regulatory promulgation,
legislative coordination, policy management, asset management, risk management,
contract management, purchasing, facilities management, mail and copier
support, and telecommunications. The agency's operating budget for fiscal
year 2004 is $12.3 million ($6.4 million General Fund, $5.9 million Nongeneral
Fund), with 177 employees.
During 2003, the Division of Administration implemented
several customer service initiatives, including the following:
- Provided the public with the results of agency
performance measures at www.dpb.state.va.us/VAResults;
- Continued efforts to increase purchases from
small, minority and women-owned businesses;
- Implemented the Commonwealth's e-Virginia
electronic procurement system;
- Met and exceeded the Virginia Prompt Payment
Act's requirements for vendor payments (30-day prompt payment requirement
established at 95%; actual performance achieved 99.9%);
- Issued agency policy, "Preparation and
Publication of Regulations, Meeting/Public Notices, Meeting Minutes
and Guidance Documents" to ensure public accessibility to the
- Increased availability of guidance documents
that provide information or guidance on interpreting or implementing
statutes. Copies are available regionally and are accessible on the
Internet at the Regulatory Town Hall Web site: www.townhall.state.va.us;
- Added a search feature, a public feedback
form and current events to DOLI's Web site: www.doli.state.va.us;
- Increased user anti-virus protection when
accessing the Web site; and
- Conducted meetings through teleconferencing,
reducing travel time and costs.
During 2003, the Office of Human Resource
Management continued to support the agency's mission by processing requests
to fill vacant positions as efficiently as possible. DOLI attempted
to fill positions with well-qualified staff who could contribute and
perform their work with minimal training.
The agency had eight (8) retirements and ten
(10) resignations/separations. Sixteen (16) new employees were hired,
and ten (10) employees received promotions. A reduction in force resulted
in five (5) layoffs, and three (3) staff members were out for part or
all of the year on military leave. Recruiting efforts were successful.
However, DOLI is continually challenged to retain and hire professional
employees because of budgetary constraints.
The Human Resource Office conducted the yearly
Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign. DOLI employees received a silver
award for their participation and charitable contributions to their
Several DOLI staff
voluntarily participated in the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center
clean-up and recovery efforts, as well as documented fatalities that
occurred at the Pentagon. On December 17, 2003, Governor Mark Warner
recognized each individual, as well as presented mementos and thank-you
letters from the U.S. Department of Labor.
(L-R) Commissioner Davenport,
Larry Linton, Clark Brinkmeyer, Dwight Crews, Nancy Jakubec,
Governor Warner, John VanLuik, Richard Rouse, Paul Trabosh, Dennis Childress,
and Doug Damon.
make Virginia a better place to work by promoting safe and healthful
and best employment practices and to provide employers an opportunity
a skilled workforce through a proven, cost-effective system of registered
to top | return
to Annual Reports
We Are | What
We Do | Most Requested | Site
Map | Contacting
DOLI | Home
Date Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2004