Mandatory health and safety training for Vermonters returning to work

Published: Apr. 26, 2020 at 8:19 PM EDT
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The Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Agency has developed training and other materials to inform Vermonters on appropriate safety measures necessary to return to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

More Vermonters are getting back to work Monday morning, as Vermont's economy begins to partially reopen. Here's who is included in the latest round to get back on the job:

•Five workers can be on construction sites and other outdoor projects. Manufacturing and distribution operations and interior construction of uninhabited structures are given the green light, but max five employees in one location and they have to stay six feet apart.

•Workers from out of state must quarantine for 14 days.

•Outdoor retail space can allow in-person shopping, but max 10


All businesses and nonprofit and government entities in operation must complete and document mandatory health and safety training by May 4, 2020.

“As we begin to reopen our economy and get people back to work, it is important that everyone understand the safety measures necessary for accomplishing safe and healthy workplaces,” said Interim Vermont Labor Commissioner Michael Harrington.

Labor officials say employers must provide training and details of standard operating procedures to their employees. That includes the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and how it's spread, social distancing and personal hygiene practices, and when and how to use PPE and how to dispose of it properly.