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Last Updated:  August 3, 2009

The Department of Labor and Industry’s Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) Program and the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board have adopted a final regulation for:

Reverse Signal Operation Safety Requirements for Vehicles, Machinery and Equipment for General Industry and the Construction Industry, 16 VAC 25-97

Effective Date and Training Materials:

The final regulation will take effect September 18, 2009, and the text of the final regulation, along with free downloadable training and information materials can be found on the Department’s Web site (see:  http://www.doli.virginia.gov).  The final regulation is also being published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on August 17, 2009 (see:  http://legis.state.va.us/codecomm/register/issfiles.htm).

Procedures for Obtaining Agency Interpretations.

All outside requests for interpretations of the regulation shall be referred to the VOSH Director at:

VOSH Safety Director

Virginia Department of Labor and Industry

13 South 13th Street

Richmond, VA   23219

Frequently Asked Questions

1.Will a truck delivering a refrigerator to a model home under construction be covered?

Response: Any delivery truck operated on behalf of an employer will be covered under the regulation if there is no access to look out a rear window of the vehicle, as the dangers present are the same.   If the vehicle is essentially a pick-up truck or flatbed with a refrigerator sitting in the back, and the cargo is completely blocking the rear window of the truck thereby creating a blind spot, then that would constitute an obstructed view to the rear and the truck would be covered by the regulation.

2.What about pick-up trucks with shells?

Response: With the exceptions noted in the definition for "obstructed view to the rear" such as damaged windows, as long as the shell has a front and rear window that are not obstructed and they allow the driver to look directly out the rear window of the truck, then the truck would not have an obstructed view to the rear and would not be covered by the regulation.

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