WV State OSHA Program


West Virginia Division of Labor is the enforcing agency for the Occupational Safety and Health Act §21-3A of the West Virginia Code. West Virginia adopted the Federal Occupation Safety and Health Administration's standards that were in effect April 15, 1998 to ensure that state agencies abide by Federal OSHA's regulations to provide a place of employment which is free from recognized hazards which could cause death, serious physical harm, or serious illness to employees. Effective June 16, 2021 this will now include checking state employees that operate cranes on a construction project.


West Virginia Division of Labor's State OSHA inspectors may:

1. Enter without advance notice upon showing appropriate credentials.

2. Inspect and investigate the place of employment and all pertinent areas, machines and equipment.

3. Privately interview any employer or employee.

4. Issue citations referencing the violated OSHA standard.

5. Require abatement verification of all citations.


Although the State OSHA program has enforcement authority, we offer compliance assistance by providing an increased awareness to upper management, and training materials for in-house training of employees. We encourage you to visit www.osha.com to learn more about the OSHA regulations your agency is obligated to observe. Please contact us if we can be of assistance in strengthening your workplace safety and health culture.


For public entities not covered by §21-3A and you would like to opt-in for coverage of your workplace, please contact our office.

State OSHA Contacts


State OSHA Forms

State OSHA Statutes & Rules​​​​

1900 Kanawha Boulevard East | State Capitol Complex - Building 3, Room 200 | Charleston, WV 25305
Ph: (304) 558-7890