CONN-OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program
you having trouble meeting your safety and health needs? CONN-OSHA offers
professional, on-site consultations to both public and private employers in
the State of Connecticut. Consultation services can help employers identify
and correct potential safety and health hazards at their worksites, improve
their safety and health programs, and prevent work-related injuries and
illnesses in the workplace. Consultations are provided free of charge and
are completely voluntary.
CONN-OSHA recognizes the difficulties public
officials, agency directors, and business owners face in technical and
resource management of workplace safety and health issues. Our skilled staff
can offer professional advice and assistance, consulting services, relevant
educational programs and useful materials, and statistical data. We will
partner with you and use our resources to help you move your safety and
health programs forward.
Topics which can be addressed during the
Occupational Exposure to Noise;
Control of Hazardous Energy – Lockout/Tagout;
Recordkeeping (OSHA 300 log);
Personal Protective Equipment;
Process Safety Management
Consultations are Confidential & Free
Consultation services are completely separate from
OSHA enforcement operations. Your request will not prompt a federal or state
OSHA compliance inspection. Our consultants will not provide company owner
names or give any information about the workplace to enforcement staff, as
long as the employer agrees to correct, in a timely manner, any serious
hazards identified during the consultation visit.
There is no fee for the on-site consultation
visit. There is also no charge for any chemical, noise, or other type of
monitoring conducted during the consultation visit.
No Citations or Penalties
CONN-OSHA consultants do not issue citations or
propose penalties for violations of OSHA standards. Instead, solutions are
offered for correcting identified hazards.
Employer Determines Scope of Consultation
Consultation requests are tailored to fit the
needs of employers. An employer may request either a full-service visit or a
limited visit, depending on specific needs. The employer controls the scope
of the consultation visit. The employer may expand, limit or cancel the
consultation at any time.
How Consultations Can Help You
Our safety and health consultants provide a
variety of services, including:
and evaluation of safety and health hazards in your workplace;
Safety and health program evaluations;
Problem solving and hazard correction
Review of workplace injury and illness rates;
Training and education for you and your
Industrial hygiene services include, but are
not limited to, the following:
Personal exposure monitoring for air
Ambient air sampling for chemical and/or
Indoor air quality surveys;
Noise exposure determinations;
The Consultation Process
The consultation process begins with a manager’s
request by phone, an on-line request, or a written request made directly to
CONN-OSHA. Your assigned safety and/or health consultant will contact you to
schedule a visit. The time required for the consultation visit will vary
depending on the size of the workplace and the scope of the visit. In some
cases, a follow-up visit may be necessary. The consultation visit consists
of an opening conference, the walkthrough survey, a closing conference, and
a written report.
The Opening Conference
When the consultant arrives, he or she will review
the entire consultation process during an opening conference. The consultant
will explain his or her role and your obligations as an employer.
The Walkthrough Survey
During the walkthrough survey (which is limited to
the work areas you specify), the consultant will assess conditions and work
practices. The consultant will point out potential safety or health hazards,
discuss applicable OSHA standards, and recommend possible control measures.
An assessment of your existing safety and health program may be conducted.
This would include a review of certain OSHA-required written programs which
may be applicable to your workplace such as emergency action, lockout/tagout,
hazard communication, confined space entry, and bloodborne pathogens
programs. Employee bulletin board posting requirements may also be
The Closing Conference
At the closing conference, the consultant will
explain preliminary findings, review possible solutions, and schedule
abatement periods to eliminate or control identified hazards. Timelines for
correction of serious hazards are discussed at this point.
Employers are obligated to correct all serious and
imminent danger hazards within a timeframe agreed upon between the employer
and the consultant. All serious hazards will have correction due dates. We
ask the employer to inform us of all actions taken to correct serious and
imminent danger hazards. Abatement of identified hazards is required in
order to reach the consultation objective of effective employee protection.
The Written Report
Following the visit, the consultant will send you
a detailed written report explaining all findings, possible control
measures, and confirming abatement periods discussed during the closing
conference. The results of any monitoring conducted will also be included in
the written report.
Establishing an effective safety and health
program can help reduce workplace injury and illness rates, decrease
workers’ compensation costs, improve employee morale and productivity, and
cultivate an environment in which both employers and employees take
responsibility for safety and health.
To Request a Consultation:
Call CONN-OSHA at (860) 263-6900,
Write to the Division of Occupational Safety
and Health, Connecticut Department of Labor, 38 Wolcott Hill Road,
Wethersfield, CT 06109, or
Complete and submit the online “Consultation
Request Form” at:
(Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program)
Connecticut OSHA’s (CONN-OSHA) Safety and Health
Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) was developed to provide a road map
and incentive for Connecticut employers and employees to work together to
find and correct hazards, develop and implement effective safety and health
programs, continuously improve, and become self-sufficient in managing
occupational safety and health. Employers who meet all of the eligibility
criteria and on-going program requirements may be removed from Federal
OSHA’s Programmed Inspection Schedule for “a period of not less than one
A program of CONN-OSHA’s Consultation group, the
goal of SHARP is to recognize employers that have achieved an exemplary
level of occupational safety and health management which has the effect of
reducing injuries and illnesses. It also shows other employers that
occupational safety and health can work for everyone.
For an employer to be considered for SHARP, an
Employ less than 250 employees on site.
Have at least one year of operating history at
the particular worksite for which the employer is seeking SHARP
participation. This will establish the location’s Days Away, Restricted
or Transferred (DART) rate and Total Recordable Cases (TRC) rate.
Request a consultation visit that involves a
full service safety and health hazard identification survey, including a
comprehensive assessment of the worksite’s safety and health management
The employers seeking SHARP approval should know
that their worksites must:
Have an injury/illness rate that falls below
the published Bureau of Labor Statistics rate for that industry.
Receive a score of at least “2” on all basic
attributes of the Form 33.
Submit a request for SHARP participation to
the Consultation Project Manager (CPM).
Receive a full-service safety and health
consultation visit and a comprehensive review of their safety and health
management system with all hazards found by the consultant(s) corrected.
Agree to notify the CPM and request a
subsequent on-site consultation visit when changes in working conditions
or work processes occur that may introduce new hazards into the
The journey to SHARP status begins with an
employer’s request to participate in the SHARP program. Once
the request is received, a member of the CONN-OSHA consultation staff will
conduct an initial assessment of a company to identify the strengths and
weaknesses of its safety and health management program. The company can
then develop an action plan to focus its energy where it is most needed.
CONN-OSHA staff returns, as needed, to provide assistance and guidance.
When the company is ready, a consultant conducts a final assessment, and, if
the company qualifies, recommends it for SHARP approval. In addition to
receiving the SHARP certificate, the company is removed from the Federal
OSHA list of programmed inspections for the period of SHARP approval.
Initial SHARP approval lasts up to two years. In order to re-qualify, SHARP
companies are expected to work toward continuous improvement of their safety
and health management systems.
SHARP employers have the knowledge that they have
achieved a safety goal that very few companies even consider possible.
Connecticut companies that have achieved Sharp status include:
CAS Medical Systems, Inc.
Hi-Tech Profiles, Inc.
Midwestern Connecticut Council on Alcoholism
Sanford & Hawley, Inc. - all three Connecticut
locations have achieved SHARP status
Smurfit Stone Container Corporation, Inc.
Wafios Machinery Corporation
Congratulations to all.
Corner... Electrical Shutoff is Critical at a Fire
This year, two firefighters from fire departments
at opposite ends of the state received electrical shocks at different fire
scenes. In 1996 a young volunteer firefighter lost his life from
electrocution at a fire scene. All of these accidents had one distinct
thing in common: a breakdown of critical communication concerning electrical
power. The confirmation that power is de-energized can never be assumed.
In January 2010, a volunteer firefighter received
an electrical shock when working an
morning cottage fire. The major attack was over, but the utility company had
not arrived at the scene. Since the power lines connected to the house were
burnt through, the firefighters assumed there was no power to the cottage. A
volunteer firefighter knelt on the ground to direct a small diameter hose
stream under the cottage to extinguish hot spots. An electric shock created
elbow pain, but he assumed it was pain from striking his arm against the
hard, icy ground. When it happened a second time, he realized he had been
shocked, dropped the hose, and backed away. He was transported to the
hospital by ambulance for evaluation. There were no signs of burns on his
body or clothing and he was released. When the utility company arrived on
scene, power was verified as still going to the house.
In April 2010, a volunteer firefighter with 20
years of experience was shocked while fighting an apartment fire. The
utility company was on scene. However, apparatus blocking the utility pole
delayed the shut-off of power. A firefighter entering the building said he
heard someone say that the power was shut. Once inside, he attempted to gain
entry into a room where the door was blocked. While on his hands and knees,
he reached around the door and felt a sharp pain run from his shoulder to
his opposite hand. He rolled to his side to break the current, yelled,
“power is on”, and immediately retreated from the building. He was treated
at the hospital and released. Again, there were no burn marks on his body or
clothing. Witness statements indicated that the power was cut at about the
same time the shock occurred.
In December 1996, a 23 year-old volunteer
firefighter lost his life to electrocution. On arriving at a house fire,
fire officials observed a downed electrical line. They contacted the utility
company and requested the shut-off of power. Approximately 15 minutes after
the request was made, the wires arced violently, a loud pop was heard, and
the wires stopped arching. Without confirmation from the utility company,
the fire officials assumed the power had been shut-off and directed the fire
fighters to begin fighting the fire. After extinguishing the flames, a
firefighter was walking backwards while checking for hot spots. His SCBA
tank came into contact with the 23,000 volt electrical line. He was fatally
Direct face-to-face communication is the only
recommended manner in which life critical information is transferred between
the utility company and on-scene command.
CONNECTICUT-OSHA ~ Training Update …
Workplace Violence - September 14, 2010 -
This workshop is designed to make you more aware of some of the
issues related to workplace and to provide tools to help manage, defuse
and prevent it. This class will be held from 10 am-noon.
OSHA Recordkeeping - October 5, 2010 -
Learn how to fill out the OSHA Log of Work-Related Injuries & Illnesses
(Form 300) accurately and correctly. This class will be held from 9am
Construction Site Safety - October 22, 2010
- Construction managers, first line supervisors, and construction
employees will be provided with an overview of four areas of concern on
the construction site. Program contents include: fall protection,
scaffolding and ladders, electrical hazards, and trenching safety. This
class will be held from 9:00 am-noon.
Confined Space Safety - November 17,
2010 This workshop includes the basic requirements and procedures
involved with permit-required confined spaces as detailed in 29 CFR
1910.146. This class will be held from 10 am-noon.
Breakfast Roundtable - This discussion
group meets the third Tuesday of every month from 8:15 am to 9:45 am.
Pre-registration is required. To be placed on the e-mail distribution
list, contact John Able at
Classes are free and held at 200 Folly Brook
Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT in Conference Room A/B. To register, contact
John Able at firstname.lastname@example.org or Catherine Zinsser at email@example.com.
Pre-registration is required. A Photo I.D. is required to allow entry into
a public building. For more training information, visit the CONN-OSHA web