Governing Law and Regulations
Occupational Safety and Health Program, Vermont Statutes Annotated (VSA) 21-201 to 21-264, and regulations at Vermont Administrative Rules VAR 24-050-001 to 24-050-032
Accident prevention program (APP): VSA 21-624
Private and public sector: VSA 21-203
Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA)
VDOL Workers' Compensation Division (WCD)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
· Rules. Vermont is a “state-plan” state, which means it has its own federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. State law governs occupational safety and health in public and private sector workplaces, except for domestic employment and mines. The state has adopted the federal safety and health standards by reference, and has adopted its own state standards for permissible exposure limits (PELs) for air contaminants and lineworker safety that are stricter than federal rules. High-hazard employers must implement an accident prevention program (AAP) under state workers’ compensation rules.
For information on the federal requirements, see the national sections HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD, MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET, and OSHA.
· Administration and enforcement. The Vermont Department of Labor’s (VDOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA) administers and enforces safety and health requirements in private and public sector workplaces. The Workers’ Compensation Division (WCD) administers the AAP requirements for high-hazard workplaces.
ORGANIZATION AND RESPONSIBILITIES
VDOL’s VOSHA protects workers from occupational hazards by regulating ...