VFDA is focused on the health and safety of the employees and customers of Vermont’s energy providers. The men and women that provide fuel and service for heat and hot water are providing an essential service. We are in contact with Vermont Emergency Management, the Public Service Department, the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Public Safety to provide our members with the best information on how cope with COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. Here are some things you should know:
- Gov. Phil Scott has declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This action includes limiting the size of public gatherings.
- In response, VFDA has cancelled all training classes through the end of March. Once we have these classes rescheduled, we will update our training page and contact those that had previously signed up.
- The DMV has issued a 90 day extension for renewals of licenses and registrations. If your license or registration is about to run out, you have a 90 day grace period.
- We have closed the TSA Background Check Center. If you have an employee that needs a background check to get their hazmat endorsement, please call VFDA.
- Service technicians working in homes should take care to protect themselves with masks and gloves when responding to a heating emergency. Some companies are choosing to defer routine maintenance and non-emergency calls. Others are limiting contact with customers in their offices. OSHA has published a guidance document (available here) intended to help employers protect workers from exposure to the potentially deadly illness and prevent it from spreading. NPGA has also issued a guidance document (available here) in response to concerns from employees and customers.
- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued an emergency declaration (available here) which provides some relief for certain commercial vehicle operators. At this time, the waiver does not include the transportation of motor or heating fuels.
Click here to access the latest information from Vermont Health Department.
Click here to access the latest information from the Agency of Commerce & Community Development with resources for employers.
We are updating our website to provide information and resources relevant for VFDA members. Go to vermontfuel.com/coronavirus or contact us if you have any questions.
Matt Cota VFDA 802-223-7750