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Frequently Asked Questions: VOSH Enforcement

  1. How did I get selected for this inspection?
    Inspections are based on general scheduling, complaints or referrals. General scheduling is established from high injury and illness data from your specific industry. Of course, if you suffer a work related fatality or injuries involving the hospitalization of three or more of your employees you are required by law to report the incident to VOSH and an inspection will follow.

  2. How long is this inspection going to take?
    This is based on what we find during our inspection. If we see no violations and you have a good safety program in place, inspections are shorter than if we find numerous safety and health violations.

  3. How much are the fines going to be?
    Fines vary too greatly to give any amount here. Even giving an average fine amount would not be indicative of the fine you may or may not receive, since some fines run very high for companies that are virtually disregarding safety. VOSH has always taken the position that the penalty structure provided under §40.1-49.4, Code of Virginia, is intended primarily to provide an incentive toward correcting violations voluntarily, not only to the offending employer, but also to other employers who may be in violation of the same infractions of the standards or regulations.

  4. How does VOSH determine how much the fines will be?
    Fines are based on the gravity of the violation, the size of the business, the good faith of the employer and the employer's history of previous violations.

  5. What are the types of violations?
    See the list of the 25 most frequently cited construction and general industry standards on this Web site.

  6. Today is not convenient, can you come another day?
    Section 40.1-49.8, Code of Virginia, provides that Compliance officers may enter without delay and at reasonable times any establishment covered under the law for the purpose of conducting an inspection. An employer has the constitutional right to require that the officer seek an inspection warrant prior to entering an establishment and may refuse entry without such a warrant. This is known as a "denial of entry" and a warrant will be sought.

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