The Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Program (VOSHA) is a part of the Vermont Department of Labor, Workers' Compensation and Safety Division. The main office is located in Montpelier, Vermont.
The Vermont State Plan applies to 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.
VOSHA has adopted most OSHA standards by reference. There are two state-specific standards in effect at this time:
VOSHA Compliance is responsible for the enforcement of VOSHA safety and health standards. The VOSHA Field Inspection Reference Manual (FIRM) provides guidance for the enforcement programs. Compliance officers inspect workplaces for hazardous conditions and issue citations where violations of VOSHA regulations are found. Inspections may be the result of: regular scheduling, imminent danger reports, fatalities, employee complaints or referrals. Information on unique enforcement initiatives or local emphasis programs can be found on the Vermont State Plan website.
VOSHA offers voluntary and cooperative programs that focus on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. VOSHA also offers on-site consultation services which help employers comply with VOSHA standards and identify and correct potential safety and health hazards. For more information on these programs, please visit the Vermont State Plan website.
VOSHA management personnel conduct informal conferences in an effort to resolve contested 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.
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.
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