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Virginia Excavation Standard, Construction Industry [16 VAC 25 ‑ 170]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description This regulation requires employers to comply with any more stringent requirements contained in the Virginia Confined Space Standard for the Construction Industry, 16 VAC 25-140, when working in excavation areas which also meet the definition of "confined space" in 16 VAC 25-140.
State Authority Section (40.1-22 )5 of the Code of Virginia
Federal Authority Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (P.L. 91-596)
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act and the standard executive branch review process.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation 1. Reduce the incidence of construction fatalities of Virginia workers due to workplace exposure to known hazards.

2. The protection of the public's health, safety, and welfare with the least possible cost and intrusiveness to the citizens and businesses of the Commonwealth.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Jay Withrow  / Director, Legal Support, VPP, ORA, OPP, and OWP
Address: Main Street Centre
600 East Main Street, Suite 207
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)786-9873    FAX: (804)786-8418    TDD: ()-
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Past Periodic Reviews
Optional Title Date Filed Status
3/18/2013 Retain As Is
12/8/2008 Retain As Is
4/1/2003 Retain As Is
4/24/2000 Retain As Is