Virginia just released an update to its Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) law, based on federal OSHA requirements. The updated notice has a revision date of July, 2017.
Here’s What Has (or Hasn’t) Changed
In the Proposed Penalty section of the notice, the following penalty amounts have increased:
- The maximum penalty for serious and other-than-serious violations has increased from $7,000 to $12,471.
- The maximum penalty for willful and repeat violations has increased from $70,000 to $124,709.
However, some penalty amounts remain the same.
Failure to correct a violation within a certain amount of time still carries a maximum penalty of $7,000 per day. Criminal penalties for willful violations that result in the death of an employee are still punishable, upon conviction, by a maximum fine of $70,000, and the penalty will be doubled for a subsequent conviction.
The Best Way to Keep Those Posters Coming
Because the State of Virginia has updated its poster 4 times in the past year, we encourage you to order our 1-Year Compliance Plan. Not only will you automatically receive the updated Virginia poster as soon as it becomes available, but we will provide you with free poster updates for mandatory changes, no matter how many occur during the 12-month period. There’s no better way to take the worry out of being in compliance!