Vermont OSHA laws & HR compliance analysis

Vermont OSHA: What you need to know

The Occupational Safety and Health Act is “preemptive”; that is, it overrides state laws and regulations in the areas that is covers, which include virtually all sectors of private employment. Under this law, individual states may devise and administer their own laws and regulations, but only with federal approval and only if the applicable state requirements are as strict as the corresponding federal standards. Federal standards in Vermont apply only to federal agencies and facilities and are administered by the U.S. Department of Labor/Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
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Vermont has adopted its own workplace safety and health program, the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Act (VOSHA), and it has been approved by federal authorities. The Vermont Department of Labor and Industry/Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration enforces the state standards. The standards are set by regulation and, in most respects, are identical to those established by the federal government. Vermont has adopted a few additional standards that are stricter than federal standards (VT Stat. Tit. 18 Ch. 28 Sec. 1415et seq.; VT Stat. Tit. 21 Ch. 3 Sec. 201et seq.).
Hazard safety. To the extent possible, employers must ensure that employee health is not materially impaired, even by regular and very long-term exposure to a hazard. Hazard safety for workers is to be ensured by research, experiments, demonstrations, and other practices.
Permissible exposure limits (PEL) for hazardous air contaminants. Vermont has adopted numeric exposure limits in the workplace to certain air contaminants that are stricter than federal limits. In 1989, OSHA ...

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