The Connecticut Department of Labor's
Division of Occupational Safety and Health is referred to as CONN-OSHA.
CONN-OSHA administers Connecticut's Public Employer Only State Plan and enforces
occupational safety and health standards as they apply to all municipal and
state employees. As a State Plan state, CONN-OSHA adopts and enforces
standards that are at least as effective as the federal requirements.
CONN-OSHA does not enforce
occupational safety and health standards in private businesses in Connecticut.
In those businesses, OSHA standards are enforced by the U.S. Department of
Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (USDOL-OSHA). The two
USDOL-OSHA Area Offices in Connecticut are located in Bridgeport and Hartford.
In addition to having enforcement
responsibilities in the public sector, CONN-OSHA provides on-site consultations
to both public and private sector employers. The mission of the
Connecticut Consultation Program is to provide timely, courteous, and
professional service to Connecticut employers to help them recognize and control
workplace hazards and prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.
Our consultants also provide assistance in developing and implementing effective
safety and health programs. These consultations are provided at the
request of the employer and are free of charge.
CONN-OSHA offers comprehensive
training and education programs covering all aspects of occupational safety and
health. Provided at no charge, these programs are designed to be utilized
in conjunction with both consultation and enforcement activities.
The state-funded Occupational Health
Clinics Program is also administered by CONN-OSHA. This program provides
grants-in-aid to occupational health clinics and auxiliary occupational health
clinics located in Connecticut.