State Plan Website]
Vermont Department of Labor
5 Green Mountain Drive
P O Box 488
Montpelier VT. 05601-0488
PH: (802) 828-4000
FAX: (802) 888-4022
PH: (802) 828-4301
Workers' Compensation and Safety Division
J. Stephen Monahan, Director
PH: (802) 828-2138
Robert McLeod, Manager
PH: (802) 828-5084
About the Vermont State Plan
The State of Vermont, under an agreement with OSHA, operates an
occupational safety and health program in accordance with Section 18
of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The Vermont State
Plan was initially approved October 16, 1973, and was certified as
being structurally completed on March 4, 1977.
The Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Program (VOSHA) is a part
of the Vermont Department of Labor, Workers' Compensation and Safety
Division. The head of the Department is the Commissioner of Labor.
The State of Vermont has jurisdiction over all public and private
sector places of employment in the state, with the exception of
federal employees, the United States Postal Service, private sector
maritime activities (shipyard employment, marine terminals, and
longshoring),and military bases, which are subject to federal
jurisdiction. See 29 CFR 1952.272.
Regulations and Standards
VOSHA has adopted most federal OSHA standards by reference. There
are two state-specific standards in effect at this time:
- 1910.1000 Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs)
- Mandatory appendix to the Power Transmission, Generation and
Distribution Standard 1910.269 Lineworker Safety).
The Vermont-specific standards and the Vermont Labor Statutes can be
found here. Additionally, a VOSHA online complaint form and a VOSHA
e-mail list signup can be found at the same site.
Vermont has adopted the federal recordkeeping and reporting
requirements. Links to Vermont's Occupational Safety and Health
Standards and recordkeeping requirements are available on the VOSHA
VOSHA has adopted the federal Field Inspection Reference Manual
(FIRM) to provide policy guidance for its enforcement program.
Information on unique enforcement initiatives or local emphasis
programs can be obtained by calling 1-800-287-2765 in Vermont or
Voluntary and Cooperative Programs
VOSHA offers a number of voluntary and cooperative programs focused
on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. VOSHA also offers
safety and health assistance to Vermont employers through a
voluntary on-site consultation program entitled Project WorkSAFE.
The State operates successful VPP and SHARP programs. More
information on these programs is available at these links:
Policies and Procedures
VOSHA has adopted federal CPL (Compliance) and STD (Standards)
directives where applicable. Because VOSHA asserts no jurisdiction
in maritime, no directives have been adopted for Parts 1917, 1918
Informal Conferences and Appeals
VOSHA management staff conduct informal conferences in an effort to
resolve appealed cases. Cases not resolved by informal conferences
are placed in contest and referred to the VOSHA Review Board. The
Board hires hearing officers to conduct contested case hearings for
VOSHA citations and orders.
Orders of the VOSHA Review Board may be appealed to Vermont Superior
Court. Information on the VOSHA Review Board can be obtained by
The VOSHA Review Board statutory language can be found here.
The VOSHA Review Board Rules of Procedure are available by calling:
802-828-2775 or 802-828-2765
Deborah Doyle, Clerk
VOSHA Review Board
13 Baldwin St.
133 State St.
Montpelier VT 05633-6701
Project Road-safe is a program funded by a grant from the Federal
Highway Safety Administration. This program informs employers of the
hazards and Workers' Compensation costs associated with the use of
motor vehicles by their workforce. Information on this program, a
guidebook to reduce traffic crashes and a Road-safe e-mail signup
can be found at Project Road-safe section of the Vermont Department of Labor website.
OSHA makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate
and up to date, but changes in state law and procedures affecting the
information on this page are beyond OSHA's control. Contact state program staff
directly to verify important information.