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Regulation Governing the Employment of Minors on Farms, in Gardens and in Orchards [16 VAC 15 ‑ 50]
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Chapter Information
Description This regulation prohibits the employment of minors under 16 years of age in specified hazardous occupations on farms, in gardens and in orchards. The prohibited occupations include operating a tractor of over 20 PTO horsepower; operating or assisting to operate other heavy equipment such as pickers, combines, mowers, harvesters, bailers, grinders, augers, and tillers; operating or assisting to operate earthmoving equipment, fork-lifts, potato combines, and chain saws; working in enclosed areas occupied by dangerous animals; working from ladders; driving certain vehicles; working inside enclosed areas containing dangerous atmospheres; handling poisonous chemicals; handling blasting agents; and handling anhydrous ammonia.
State Authority Sections 40.1-80.1 and 40.1-100 of the Code of Virginia
Federal Authority None
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation 1. To protect the health, welfare, and safety of the minors of the Commonwealth by prohibiting the employment of minors under the age of 16 from working in hazardous occupations.

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: Wendy Inge  / Director, Division of Labor and Employment Law
Address: Department of Labor and Industry
Main Street Centre, 600 East Main Street
Richmond,, VA 23219
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)786-3224    FAX: (804)371-2324    TDD: (804)786-2376
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11/4/2020 Completed Retain As Is
9/21/2015 Completed Retain As Is
10/18/2011 Completed Retain As Is
8/1/2007 Completed Retain As Is
6/22/2001 Completed Retain As Is