About VIDOSH

 WHO WE ARE

 

The Virgin Islands State Plan was converted to a public employee only occupational safety and health program on July 1, 2003. It is administered and enforced by the Virgin Islands Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (VIDOSH) throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Virgin Islands public employee program, established by the Virgin Islands Occupational Safety and Health (24 V.I.C. Chapter 2 - Act No. 6846) was amended on July 19, 2006 to reflect its limited public sector coverage in compliance with the revisions noted above. It extends full authority to the agency to enforce and administer all laws and rules protecting the safety and health of employees of the Government of the Virgin Islands, its departments, agencies and instrumentalities, including any political subdivisions. It covers all activities of public employers and employees and places of public employment. The Territory has adopted all Federal standards applicable to the public sector in the Territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and has given assurances that it will continue to adopt and update all Federal standards, revisions and amendments.  Click here for  more information.

MISSION

The Virgin Islands Division of Occupational Safety and Health (VIDOSH) ensures that Virgin Islands Public Sector employers/employees are provided with safe and healthful work environment free from recognized hazards.  The compliance of the assigned strategies is critical to the mission of VIDOSH:  Instituting and maintaining standards to reduce hazards and unsafe acts in the workplace

  • Encouraging employer and employees to recognize and reduce the number of safety & health hazards.
  • Accomplish compliance no advanced notice inspections.
  • Promoting a safety healthful culture within the Public Sector workplaces.
  • Providing safety and health educational programs and information materials.
  • Providing consultation services to the Public Sector Employers/Employees.

 OVERVIEW

 

VIDOSH operates as an entity of the US Virgin Islands Government, Department of Labor and operates under a state plan program for the public sector. VIDOSH enforces the Occupational Safety and Health laws of the Virgin Islands, in accordance with VI OSH Act 6846 and OSHA Act 1970, to ensure employers provide a safe and healthful workplace.  The VIDOSH Program is structured around three basic functions, set by Occupational Safety and Health administrative rules, regulations and standards which include Enforcement Inspection, Consultation, and Education/Outreach and Training.

 JURISDICTION

 

The V.I. State Plan offers Health and Safety inspections and consultation for the public sector.  The VIDOSH office handles all safety concerns and complaints. Additionally, Consultation services and Education/Outreach and Training are provided for the Public Sector by VIDOSH. 


The Private Sector provides "Safety In Paradise" Onsite Consultation Program, administered by the University of the Virgin Islands, Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center at (340) 693-1100.


Federal OSHA of Puerto Rico
maintains jurisdiction over all private sector workplaces as well as federal agencies, maritime employers such as shipyards, marine terminals, and longshoring; military facilities; and the U.S. Postal Service. The Private Sector safety and health concerns are forwarded to the Federal OSHA - Puerto Rico area office at (787) 277-1560 or fax (787) 277-1567.

 MANDATORY ACTIONS

 
  • VI Government Agencies must post the VIDOSH Poster
  • Employers must post all complaints letters, citations and any  inspection related documents.
  • Union and/or Employee representative have the right to be present during all OSHA intervention— Inspections, Consultation, and Outreach.
  • All Virgin Islands Public Sector Departments and/or Agencies must report:
    • Fatalities to OSHA within eight hours or after hours to the OSHA Emergency Hot-Line 1-800-321-OSHA.
    •  All work-related inpatient hospitalizations, all amputations and all losses of an eye within 24 hours
    • Only fatalities occurring within 30 days of the work-related incident must be reported to OSHA. Further, for an in-patient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye, these incidents must be reported to OSHA only if they occur within 24 hours of the work-related incident
  • You Can Report to OSHA by:
    • Calling OSHA's free and confidential number at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).
    • Contacting VIDOSH during normal business hours via (Phone) 340-713-3414, (Fax) 340-713-3422 or E-MAIL Subject: Fatalities and/or Accidents Reporting Recordkeeping.
    • Utilizing the new online form that will soon be available.
  • The employer must post the OSHA’s Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Forms (Form 300A) from February-April every year.  VI employers with seven or more employees are required to record all injury and illnesses.
 

 CONTACT US

  Director – Dean Andrews (andrews.dean@dol.gov)

 

St. Croix – Main Office
4401 Sion Farm
St. Croix, USVI 00820
Phones:  340-773-1994
Fax:  340-773-0094
St. Thomas
2353 Kronprindsen Gade, Charlotte Amalie
St. Thomas, USVI 00802
Phone:  340-776-3700
Fax:  340-774-5908


Please free to contact us for:

FATALITIES
REFERRALS
ACCIDENTS

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
COMPLAINTS                          

ANY OCCUPATIONAL CONCERNS

 
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