The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) was created in 1970. From this enabling legislation, the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA) was created in 1972. VOSHA is a program of the Vermont Department of Labor. As part of its responsibilities, VOSHA carries out workplace inspections, issues citations for violations of safety regulations found during an inspection, holds informal meetings after a violation with an employer (who elects that option), and sends any case to the VOSHA Review Board once a notice of contest of a workplace safety violation has been filed by an employer.
What is the VOSHA Review Board?:
The VOSHA Review Board (VRB) is an independent quasi-judicial state agency (i.e., not part of another State department) created under 21 VSA 3 § 230 within the executive branch of the Vermont government. It has the responsibility of hearing any cases involving a workplace safety violation which is contested by an employer and issuing decisions and orders after any hearings or settlement agreements. The mission of the VRB is to provide fair and timely adjudication of workplace safety and health disputes between the Department of Labor and employers. In doing this, the VRB plays a vital role in encouraging safe and healthy workplaces for Vermont workers.