OSHA Vermont Certification
Looking for information about OSHA training in Vermont? You’ve come to the right place. We have the answers to your top questions, including:
- What’s a state plan and does Vermont have one?
- What are OSHA’s training requirements?
- Why is safety training important for employees and employers?
- Are there specific workplace accident and injury statistics for Vermont?
- Where can you find OSHA 10 and 30 training
Occupational Safety and Health Jurisdiction in Vermont
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) allows states to assume their own occupational safety and health responsibilities as long as they're "at least as effective" as the federal program.
Vermont has an official state plan that covers all state and local government workers in Vermont, as well as most private sector workers.
The state plan adopts federal OSHA standards by reference. Vermont also has two unique standards in effect:
- Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs)
- Lineworker Safety
Enforcement—including inspections, notification, citations, penalties, and appeals—is handled by the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA) under the Vermont Department of Labor.
A small number of Vermonters remain under federal OSHA jurisdiction, instead. Specifically:
- Federal employment
- The U.S. Postal Service plus private contractor-operated facilities engaged by USPS
- Offshore maritime employment, including offshore shipyard employment and longshoring
- Working conditions of aircraft cabin crewmembers onboard aircraft in operation
OSHA Vermont Training Requirements
Since Vermont adopted most federal standards, Vermonters will follow similar training requirements regardless of jurisdiction.
Federal OSHA requires training on specific safety standards that apply to your job functions. Those under VOSHA jurisdiction have the same mandatory training, but Vermont employers should be careful to teach state requirements on the topics of PELs and lineman safety.
Federal OSHA also has Outreach courses (sometimes referred to as "DOL cards") that cover common requirements for your industry. Even though OSHA doesn't require OSHA Outreach training, some employers might. In that case, you’ll either need an OSHA 10-Hour course for entry-level workers or an OSHA 30-Hour course for supervisors.
Benefits of OSHA Vermont Training for Workers
The main goal of OSHA safety training has always been to improve employee well-being by reducing workplace accidents, injuries, and fatalities. However, employees aren’t the only ones that benefit from safety training; when employers invest in the training they can avoid penalties from OSHA noncompliance, lower workers’ compensation costs, and increase financial performance.
If you don’t yet believe us that safety training will reduce the number of workplace accidents, take a look at the below statistics from OSHA, the Department of Labor, and other Vermont agencies.
Fatal Occupational Injuries in Vermont
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were a total of 22 fatal occupational injuries in Vermont in 2017, while nationally there were 5,147 fatal occupational injuries.
Of the 22 fatalities:
- 10 were the result of transportation incidents
- 3 were the result of contact with objects and equipment
- 3 were the result of violence and other injuries by persons or animals
- 3 were the result of exposure to harmful substances or environments
The industries with the greatest number of fatalities were:
- 6 in leisure and hospitality
- 4 in construction
- 3 in agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting
2015-2019 Top OSHA Enforcement Cases in Vermont
Although you now know that Vermont workers are at high risk for injuries and accidents, employees aren’t the only ones at risk for loss. Businesses can lose financially when they don’t invest in safety training programs.
While OSHA lists the top enforcement cases on their website, here are the top cases for 2015-2019 to give you an idea of the hefty risk for violations.
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|State||Inspection Number||Employer||City||Issuance Date||Initial Penalty|
|VT||1244237.015||City of Burlington||BURLINGTON||08/11/2017||$77,000.00|
|VT||1366779.015||Cersosimo Lumber Company, Inc.||BRATTLEBORO||06/12/2019||$$93,126.00|
|VT||1200799.015||City of Montpelier||MONTPELIER||02/07/2017||$69,300.00|
|VT||1091055.015||BIG LOTS STORES, INC.||ESSEX JUNCTION||12/09/2015||$40,000.00|
Federal and State OSHA Offices in Vermont
Since Vermont employers and workers are divided up into federal and state jurisdiction, there are separate local area offices for state and federal OSHA.
Those under federal jurisdiction are served by OSHA's regional office in Boston. That includes federal employees, offshore employment, and the US Postal Service and its mail operations contractors.
Everyone else needs to contact the Vermont state plan office, located in Montpelier. There are additional regional offices in Burlington, Rutland, and Springfield. You can find the contact information for VOSHA offices on VOSHA's website.
Additional Vermont Resources for Safety Information
In addition to the information we have provided, you can visit additional Vermont state agency and association websites for more information on safety resources.
State of Vermont Department of Labor: Here you’ll find a variety of resources, as well as the different divisions that help to enforce federal and state regulations; this includes VOSHA, workers’ compensation, Project WorkSAFE, and unemployment insurance.
Enroll Now in Vermont OSHA Training Courses
While you now understand how critical OSHA Vermont training is to the safety and well-being of workers, you just have to select your appropriate training course.
Luckily you don’t have to look far! We have over 20 years of experience as an OSHA-authorized training provider, and we offer OSHA 10-Hour Construction, OSHA 30-Hour Construction, OSHA 10-Hour General Industry, and OSHA 30-Hour General Industry to satisfy your OSHA training needs.
Simply select the appropriate course and start learning today!