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Become a Certified Production Technician



Become a Certified Production Technician! The Vermont Department of Labor’s Brattleboro Career Resource Center at 232 Main Street, Room 132, Brattleboro, VT 05301 is now accepting applications for G.S. Precision CPT Pathway training program. Applications must be turned in by May 12, 2016 close of business day.

G. S. Precision, Inc. is offing part-time training, followed by a full-time employment possibility, and a nationally-recognized certification that will demonstrate to potential employers you have the knowledge and skills needed for a manufacturing job. Training will begin the week of May 18, 2016 and last until September 28, 2016. Classes are on Wednesdays, from 5:30pm to 9:00pm at Community College of Vermont’s Brattleboro’s campus. Candidates who complete this program will be interview for potential openings at G. S. Precision.

For more information, contact the Vermont Department of Labor’s Brattleboro’s Career Resource Center at 802-254-4555.


Vermont State Plan for Senior Community Services Employment Program 2016 to 2019 Draft for Public Comment


The Vermont Department of Vocational Rehabilitation is seeking public comment on the “Vermont State Plan for Senior Community Services Employment Program 2016-2019 Draft”.

To view the “Vermont State Plan for Senior Community Services Employment Program 2016-2019 Draft” click on the following link:

Comments should be submitted to Greg Voorheis at by May 13, 2016 close of business day.

Now Hiring

Vermont Department of Labor’s Spring 2016 Career Fair on May 4, 2016 at 11:00am, in Rutland, VT


The Vermont Department of Labor’s Rutland Career Resource Center will host the Spring 2016 Career Fair on May 4, 2016 at the Franklin Conference Center, 1 Scale Avenue, Rutland, VT. The hours of this career fair will run from 11:00am to 3:00pm. The first hour (11:00am to Noon) is reserved for Veterans. The general public is welcome from Noon to 3:00pm. Below is a list of employers and service providers that are scheduled to attend.

For additional information, please contact Bridget Corbett at 802-786-8837 or by email

Employers and service providers scheduled to attend:

Vermont Agency of Transportation
Loretto Home and St Joseph Kervick Residence
Community Care Network/Rutland Mental Health
Genesis HealthCare
VT Air National Guard
Vermont Country Store
Ann Clark, Ltd
Premier Coach
Leddy Group
Okemo Mountain Resort
VT Army National Guard
Middlebury College
Suburban Propane
Kelly Services
VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region
Casella Waste Systems, Inc.
Northlands Job Corps
Amyland Amusements
ADA Traffic Control, Ltd
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Vermont Veterans Outreach
New England Job Corps, Admissions
Stafford Technical Center ATE
United Ways of Vermont/Vermont 2-1-1 and Help Me
Vermont Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and Hero2Hired
Vermont Health Connect
Mary Kay
Vermont Associates for Training & Development
Champlain Valley Driver Training School
Carpenter and Costin
Loretto Home and St Joseph Kervick Residence
Telescope Casual Furniture


New OSHA Workplace Injury Reporting Requirement


Mandatory Reporting of Injuries/Illnesses to VOSHA

Basic requirement.
(1) Within eight (8) hours after the death of any employee as a result of a work-related incident, you must report the fatality to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of Labor.
(2) Within twenty-four (24) hours after the in-patient hospitalization of one or more employees or an employee’s amputation or an employee’s loss of an eye, as a result of a work-related incident, you must report the in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of
an eye to OSHA.
(3) You must report the fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye using one of the following methods:
(i) By telephone or in person to the OSHA Area Office that is nearest to the site of the incident.
(ii) By telephone to the OSHA toll-free central telephone number, 1-800-321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742).
(iii) By electronic submission using the reporting application located on VOSHA’s public Web site at

VOSHA pictogram

OSHA’s revised Hazard Communication requirements as of June 1, 2015


As of June 1, 2015, chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers are required to provide a common approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Chemical manufacturers and importers must provide a label that includes a signal word, pictogram, hazard statement, and precautionary statement for each hazard class and category. VOSHA pictogram labels

Examples of label pictograms.

Beginning in December, distributors may only ship containers labeled by the chemical manufacturer or importer if the labels meet these requirements.
The June 1 deadline was established when OSHA aligned its Hazard Communication Standard in 2012 with the global standard for chemical product labeling. The provisions for labeling offer workers better protection from chemical hazards, while also reducing trade barriers and improving productivity for American businesses that regularly handle, store, and use hazardous chemicals. The updated standard also provides cost savings for American businesses that periodically update safety data sheets and labels for chemicals covered under the standard, saving businesses millions of dollars each year.
The new format for Safety Data Sheets requires 16 specific sections to ensure consistency in presentation of important protection information. For more information, see OSHA’s Hazard Communication webpage.”


The 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages (OES) Data is available


Vermont Department of Labor

June 5, 2015

The Economic & Labor Market Information Division has released the 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages (OES) and they are now available on our website at:

The Economic & Labor Market Information Division has also released the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) for Annual 2014 and 4th Quarter 2014 and they are now available on our website at:

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Workers’ Compensation Centennial Conference on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at Capitol Plaza Hotel, Montpelier.


A Barre stone shed before the days of safety equipment, undated. Notice early power tools and granite dust upon the rafters. O.J. Dodge Collection; Photograph courtesy of Aldrich Public Library, Barre, VT

For the Agenda for the Workers’ Compensation Centennial Conference and to register, go to To become a conference sponsor, go to

Also, please read the Worker’s Compensation Press Release

The Vermont Bar Association is helping us celebrate the Workers’ Compensation Centennial by devoting the summer issue of its Journal to articles about the history of workers’ compensation in Vermont. Here’s a link to the on-line version of the summer issue:


100 Years of Workers’ Compensation in Vermont

In 1915, the Vermont Legislature adopted a no fault insurance program of Workers’ Compensation through passage of Act No. 164. Although the Vermont Workers’ Compensation Act has been amended from time to time, this landmark legislation remains “the grand compromise” between labor and management, providing injured workers with access to prompt medical attention, wage replacement, and other benefits for their work-related injuries while granting employers immunity from personal injury civil lawsuits.

In the coming months, the Vermont Department of Labor and various other co-sponsors will be posting
further information related to the history of the Vermont Workers’ Compensation Act and planned centennial activities. There will be articles, curriculum materials for teachers, and an announcement about an exciting conference to be held on September 15, 2015, in Montpelier. (Save that date!)

Celebrate the Centennial! For more information and to offer your ideas, contact Kristina Bielenberg at