DEC Issues Reminder on Water Quality Checks at Reopening Businesses

The Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding businesses that are reopening to check, and if needed, flush their water systems to ensure the best water quality for employees or patrons.  DEC has issued guidance to help businesses (click here) ensure their systems are functioning properly upon restart of operations.

New Online Resource for Operational Practices and Other Guidelines for Manufacturers

AIV’s national allies at NAM’s Manufacturing Leadership Council have posted a new online information center dedicated to COVID-19 operational resources.  Among the new resources, a report “New Operational Practices to Consider in the Time of COVID-19” provides key shared practices to assist manufacturers in meeting or exceeding federal guidelines while also reducing operational and business […]

Webinar: Economic Impacts of COVID-19 and Getting Back to Work

AIV’s national allies at NAM will host a webinar on the state of the manufacturing economy and business considerations as workplaces begin to reopen. The webinar will be held on May 28 at 1:00 pm.   Register for the webinar clicking here.  If you cannot make this event, let us know at and we will […]

New Guidance and Resources Page for Manufacturers from CDC and OSHA

The CDC and OSHA have jointly posted comprehensive manufacturing-specific guidance that details the steps companies need to take to protect their workforce, and you can access the new guidance and related information clicking here. Remember that national and other third-party guidance and resources should be considered complimentary to official Vermont mandates and requirements.

Questions Continue to Surround Legislation to Provide Grants to “Frontline” Workers

As reported previously, S.346 was passed by the Senate and would provide grants for certain critical/essential employees who worked during the last two months (see related post here).  As the bill developed, questions were raised about the appropriate scope of the bill, the period of time it should apply to, whether federal COVID-19 funding would […]

Proposed Grant Program to Support Manufacturers Retooling to Produce PPE Put on Hold | Feedback Still Needed from Interested Companies

As reported previously, H.945 was developed by the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee to provide grants to Vermont manufacturers that might need assistance in retooling their operations to produced PPE needed in the state (see related post here).  This week, however, the Committee put further consideration of the bill on hold after feedback from […]

Upcoming Online Forum on Reopening and Operations

AIV’s partners and allies at VMEC will be hosting another online forum with state and private sector experts to discuss restarting and operational issues next Wednesday, May 20, at 1:30 pm.  The forum is scheduled for an hour and panelists will include: Dan Whipple, Program Manager, VOSHA Stephen Monahan, Director of Workers’ Compensation & Safety, […]

Vermont Offers Free COVID-19 Testing at Pop-up Sites, but Efforts to Facilitate Testing for Workplace Safety Continue

The Vermont Department of Health has announced testing at pop-up locations, where anyone without symptoms can now be tested at a pop-up location. Health care workers, first responders and child care providers are encouraged to get tested. People who are returning to Vermont, and who are at day 7 or later in their quarantine period, […]

Reminder | May 14: Protecting Safety and Health of Workers Virtual Town Hall Meeting with Department of Labor

The Vermont Department of Labor and VOSHA will hold the following Virtual Town Hall event on Thursday, May 14 at 3:30 pm: Protecting the Safety and Health of Workers  Overview: Details around VOSHA and CDC guidance to protect Vermont workers as workplaces open, including materials developed by VOSHA.  Speakers: Stephen Monahan (Director, Workers Compensation Division), […]