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Like many other states, West Virginia has no official State Plan. In 1998, West Virginia qualified its separate State OSHA regulatory program (WV Code §21-3A) that provides health and safety protections to public-sector workers left uncovered by Federal OSHA Jurisdiction and conducts workplace inspections by State OSHA’s officers.
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While on the other hand, many private-sector employees fall under the protection of Federal OSHA Jurisdiction; hence the U.S Department of Labor regulatory body administers regular inspections, citations, and other operations.
However, West Virginia’s public-sector employees fall under the administration of the West Virginia Division of Labor. Moreover, workers enlisted in the West Virginia Legislature and the Department of Health and Corrections are particularly excluded from the range of State OSHA.
Since West Virginia’s State OSHA law necessarily endorsed Federal OSHA Standards for State government’s industrial facilities, any training obligated by Federal OSHA will also be required for those workers who fall under the State program.
Since training on specific health and safety topics is obligated by Federal OSHA and most employers of West Virginia demand Outreach training to ensure workers have adequate awareness of Occupational Safety and Health, OSHA suggests its OSHA 10 Hour courses for entry-level workers and OSHA 30 Hour courses for workers with supervisory roles.
Furthermore, workers hired for construction projects must obtain their OSHA 10 Hour Construction Certification within 21 days of being appointed on public improvement projects with expenses over $500,000 (WV Code §21-3-22) that comprise construction, reconstruction, remodeling, and repairing projects.
Though OSHA’s primary purpose is to encourage and prevail a safe and healthy environment in various industrial facilities to ensure workers’ rights in terms of safety violations and dangerous working conditions, there are other benefits too, such as: