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About CONN-OSHA

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.

The Occupational Safety and Health Statistics Unit publishes information on workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities that occur in Connecticut.  Through the OSHA Data Initiative (ODI), this unit also collects data for USDOL-OSHA targeting and program evaluation purposes.

Last Updated: February 04, 2014


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