Manufacturing Health Officer Training Continuously Adapting to New Guidance and Requirements

July 09 - August 06, 2020
1:30PM - 3:30PM
Zoom meeting


The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of Vermont’s manufacturers in one form or another. Some companies continued operations, others completely shut down and still others are operating on a much reduced scale or retooling to assist in urgent needs for PPE or medical supplies. In accordance with Governor Scott’s 3-Phased Reopening Plan, Vermont’s Manufacturing, Fulfillment and Distribution enterprises must appoint a Health Officer:  “The Health Officer shall have the authority to stop or modify activities to ensure work conforms with the mandatory health and safety requirements.”

Made possible with funding from the Vermont Department of Labor, VMEC is offering a new course for Health Officers at small- and medium-size manufacturers to help them effectively and confidently navigate this new role right now and as conditions and guidelines might change going forward. The course will focus on how to apply COVID-19 health guidance and requirements to a company’s unique and dynamic situation and how to communicate and train others on the changes and why they are important.  Continuous Improvement and problem solving fundamentals, as well as structured training and coaching methods, will be taught with examples and applications to the current challenges manufacturing Health Officers are experiencing. 

The training focuses on developing critical thinking skills and repeatable methods so that trainees can: 

  1. Identify the gap between current practices and compliance with the RestartVT guidelines 
  2. Modify work tasks and work layout to comply and train people on the new method 
  3. Effectively communicate and address people issues, concerns and behaviors that will arise as the new methods are implemented.  


In addition to live, remote classroom sessions, trainees will have the opportunity for three small group coaching sessions. This will include being part of a private work group on VMEC’s Manufacturing Exchange-Vermont where they can access course materials, receive coaching and feedback, and participate in on-line discussions during and after the course.  This training course will provide a safe and interactive environment for participants to learn and practice new skills.

This course is organized into five (5) 2-hour sessions per course, plus three (3) small group coaching sessions.  At the completion of the course, manufacturing Health Officers will have increased their skills and confidence in understanding and complying with state guidance and VOSHA requirements as part of their companies’ COVID-19 response plan.

Who Should Attend: All levels of leadership, front line supervisors/ managers and others in the role of Health Officers.  The training will be most valuable to small- and medium-size manufacturers that don’t have a full-time Environmental, Health and Safety Officer.  

Course Dates: The course will be offered three times (maximum 24 participants per course).  The first course will begin on June 4, 2020 (at capacity, no longer accepting registrations) and run for 5 weeks (Thursdays, 1:30 – 3:30 pm).  The second course will begin on June 16, 2020 (at capacity, no longer accepting registrations) and run for 5 weeks (Tuesdays, 10 am – 12 N).  The third course will begin on July 9, 2020 and run for 5 weeks (Thursdays, 1:30 – 3:30 pm).

Cost: These three courses are open to up to 3 participants (total) per company at no cost.   Additional Health Officer Training courses will be added based on interest at a cost of $450 per participant.