Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Labor and Industry
Safety and Health Codes Board
Federal Identical Construction Industry Standards [16 VAC 25 ‑ 175]
Chapter is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Confined Spaces in Construction and Other Related Provisions
Action 4469
General Information
Action Summary The Safety and Health Codes Board approved the adoption of federal OSHA’s Final Rule for Confined Spaces in Construction, Subpart AA, 29 CFR Part 1926.1200 – 1926.1213, and Revisions to Other Related Provisions, published May 4, 2015 in 80 FR 25365. Concurrently, the Board approved the repeal of the Virginia Unique Standard for Confined Spaces in Construction, 16VAC25-140-10, et seq., which was supplanted by the new federal Confined Spaces in Construction standard, and also approved the repeal of the Virginia Underground Construction Standard, 16VAC25-150-10, et seq., and the Virginia Excavation Standard, Construction Industry, 16VAC25-170-10, et seq., which were impacted by the change noted above. The Board adopted the existing federal identical versions of the Underground Construction Standard, 29 CFR Part 1926.800 (16VAC25-175-1926.800), and the Excavation Standard, 29 CFR Part 1926.650 (16VAC25-175-1926.650), made necessary by the repeal of the unique Virginia Confined Space Standard so as to enable the VOSH Program to continue to meet the federal requirement to remain “as effective as” the federal enforcement program itself.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
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: The proposed changes are exempt from the Administrative Process Act under Code of Virginia § 2.2-4006(A)(4)(c), as the changes are necessary to meet the requirements of federal law or regulations and they do not materially differ from those required by fe
RIS Project Yes  [004562]
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
7372 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 01/01/2016.
Contact Information
Name / Title: John Crisanti   / Policy and Planning Manager
Address: Main Street Centre
600 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)786-4300    FAX: ()-    TDD: ()-