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Contact Information
Vermont Department of Labor

5 Green Mountain Drive
P O Box 488
Montpelier, VT 05601-0488
PH: (802) 828-4000
FAX: (802) 888-4022

Annie Noonan, Commissioner
PH: (802) 828-4000

Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA)

Daniel Whipple, VOSHA Program Manager
PH: (802) 828-5084
Fax: (802) 828-0408

H. Leslie Burns, Occupational Safety Compliance Supervisor
PH: (802) 828-5084
Fax: (802) 828-0408

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 home page.

Enforcement Programs

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 802-828-2765.

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 and 1919.

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 calling 802-828-2775.

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.
Montpelier VT

Mailing address:
133 State St.
Montpelier VT 05633-6701

Other Resources

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.