Department of Labor and Industry
Safety and Health Codes Board
Construction Industry Standard for Sanitation [16 VAC 25 ‑ 160]
|Description||The Construction Industry Standard for Sanitation requires employers engaged in construction activities to furnish, without cost to the employees potable water, toilet facilities and hand washing facilities. Potable drinking water containers as well as toilet and hand washing facilities are required to be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition (in accordance with appropriate health sanitation practices). The potable drinking water which must be furnished under the regulation must be suitably cool and in sufficient amounts so that it is not completely consumed during the workday. Drinking water must be dispensed in single-use cups. Also, the regulation requires that toilet and hand washing facilities be provided at a 20:1 (workers:facility) ratio. Toilet facilities shall be adequately ventilated, appropriately screened with self-closing doors that can be closed and latched from the inside, and shall be constructed to ensure privacy.|
|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 material impairment of health of Virginia workers due to workplace exposure to known hazards.
2. Require sanitary facilities for construction workers equal to those required for agricultural workers.
3. 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.
|Name / Title:||Jay Withrow / Director, Legal Support, VPP, ORA, OPP, and OWP|
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