Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Labor and Industry
Safety and Health Codes Board
Federal Identical General Industry Standards [16 VAC 25 ‑ 90]
Chapter is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
General Working Conditions in Shipyard Employment
Action 3585
General Information
Action Summary Federal OSHA revised and updated standards to the existing Subpart F of 29 CFR part 1915 that addresses hazards in general working conditions in shipyard employment. Shipyard employment activities are performed aboard vessels, in confined or enclosed spaces below deck, on scaffold and on busy crowded docks. These revisions update existing requirements to reflect advances in industry practices and technology, consolidate certain safety and health requirements into a single subpart, and provide protection from hazards not previously addressed, including the control of hazardous energy. The final rule will cover diverse working conditions in shipyard employment, including sanitation, medical services and first aid, motor vehicle and pedestrian safety, lighting, housekeeping, and hazardous energy. It will apply to all shipyard employment at landside facilities, on vessels and in vessel sections. The revised final rule will not apply to landside fish-processing facilities, which will continue to be covered by Part 1910, general industry requirements. In addition, on July 25, 2011, federal OSHA published a correction to §§ 1910.145 and 1910.147 of this revised standard. In the first sentence in paragraph (a)(1) of §1910.145,OSHA substituted “intended to indicate” following “(as included in paragraphs (c) through (e) of this section)” for “that indicate”. The corrected sentence now reads: “These specifications apply to the design, application, and use of signs or symbols (as included in paragraphs (c) through (e) of this section) intended to (emphasis added) indicate and, insofar as possible, define specific hazards that could harm workers or the public, or both, or to property damage”. The first sentence in paragraph (a)(1)(i) of §1910.147 was corrected to read: “This standard covers the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment in which the unexpected (emphasis added) energization or start up of the machines or equipment, or release of stored energy could cause injury to employees.”
Chapters Affected
  VAC Chapter Name Action Type
Primary 16 VAC 25-90 Federal Identical General Industry Standards Amend Existing Regulation
Other chapters
  16 VAC 25 - 100 Federal Identical Shipyard Employment Standards
Executive Branch Review This Action is exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required. As such, it can be submitted directly for publication and is effective upon publication.
Exempt Citation: Under Virginia Code Section 2.2-4006.A.4(c), this regulation is exempt from Article 2 of the Virginia Administrative Process Act because it is necessary to meet the requirements of federal law or regulations.
RIS Project Yes  [003034]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
6045 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 01/15/2012.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Cristin Bernhardt  / Regulatory Coordinator / Staff Attorney
Address: Main Street Centre
600 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)786-2392    FAX: (804)786-2641    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this agency.