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CONN-OSHA Roundtable Addresses Importance of Workplace Employee Assistance Programs

For immediate release
March 10, 2009

WETHERSFIELD - Employee Assistance Programs and their importance in the workplace will be the topic of a March 17 Breakfast Roundtable Discussion meeting being sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA.)  The event will run from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. at the Labor Department’s Central Office, 200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield.

Michael Popp, Ph.D, Director of the Lower Hudson Valley Building and Construction Trades Employee Assistance Program, will talk about free programs offered through the workplace that can help individuals and their families, and ultimately, the health of a company.  A decorated Vietnam veteran and former New York City police officer, Popp holds a master’s degree in social work and a doctorate in sociology.

Popp, who is also an adjunct professor at the College of New Rochelle and Pace University, and a member of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, the Employee Assistance Professional Association and the National Association of Social Workers, will talk about his program and the experiences he has encountered while working for the past 20 years with approximately 60,000 union members and their dependents.

Many people think of employee assistance programs as being something for people who need help with alcoholism or drugs,” explains CONN-OSHA Safety Training Specialist John Able, who coordinates the breakfast series. “But these free programs offer so much more than that, including help for emotional distress, issues surrounding family and personal relationships, as wel as healthcare concerns.”

Also continuing this month, Able adds, will be the discussion portion of the breakfast roundtable program. Time permitting, each person taking part will be asked to submit a question for discussion and participants will be invited to share their opinion regarding the issue.

Admission to the roundtable is free, but pre-registration is required. To register for the breakfast roundtable or for additional information, please contact Able at (860) 263-6902, or via email at

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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