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ConsultATION Services

CONN-OSHA offers a variety of consulting services to both public and private employers in Connecticut. All of our consulting services are available at no charge and are tailored to fit individual employer needs. We provide consultations in the areas of safety, industrial hygiene, ergonomics, injury and illness prevention plans, and new business assistance. Each consultation visit is viewed by CONN-OSHA as an opportunity to help that employer incorporate the key elements of an effective workplace injury and illness prevention plan into the way the business is run over the long term. Additionally, penalties and citations are not issued as a result of the consulting process.


Consulting Services

Consulting services that are offered by the department include the following: 

  • Ergonomic Evaluations

  • Evaluation of Occupational Injury and Illness Logs

  • Health and Safety Training and Education

  • Indoor Air Quality Surveys

  • Job Hazard Analysis

  • Noise Monitoring

  • Non-Ionizing Radiation Monitoring

  • OSHA Standard-Specific Program Development (hazard communication, lockout/tagout, confined space, respirators and more...)

  • Personal Exposure Monitoring for Biological Contaminants

  • Personal Exposure Monitoring for Chemical Contaminants

  • Safety and Health Program Development

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How To Request Consulting Services

To Request Consulting Services: Contact the Program Manager, Anne Bracker, at (860) 263-6920 or write to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, Department of Labor, 38 Wolcott Hill Road, Wethersfield, CT 06109.

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How The Consulting Process Works 

Step 1. Once a consultation request is received, it is assigned to either an occupational safety consultant or an occupational hygienist, who contacts you by telephone to determine a mutually convenient date/time for an on-site visit. 

Step 2. On the day of the scheduled visit, the consulting process begins with an opening conference, during which time the consultant can answer any initial questions you have. 

Step 3. After the opening conference, the consultant conducts a walk through of your facility to identify hazards and evaluate work practices. Occupational hygienists also conduct industrial hygiene monitoring (if requested) at this time. 

Step 4. The site visit concludes with a closing conference to discuss findings and hazards found. Correction dates for serious hazards are then determined and agreed upon by you and the consultant. 

Step 5. The consultant prepares a written report of identified workplace hazards, evaluated safety and health programs, and in certain cases, interpretations of industrial hygiene sampling analyses. 

Step 6. Once you receive a written report of the consulting visit, you must send the consultant written confirmation regarding the correction of serious hazards.

NOTE: Employers can request extensions for the abatement of serious hazards simply by writing/faxing such requests to the consultant.

CONN-OSHA consultants can guide you in: 

  • Preventing Occupational Injuries and Illnesses 

  • Reducing Workers Compensation Costs 

  • Identifying Existing/Potential Workplace Hazards 

  • Interpreting OSHA and CONN-OSHA Standards

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Consulting Benefits

Consulting services are beneficial to Connecticut employers in the following ways:

  • Promote a safe, healthful, and more productive work environment.

  • Reduce workers' compensation costs.

  • Improve management and labor relations.

  • Save money and tax dollars.

  • Prepare for OSHA and CONN-OSHA inspections.

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Distinction Between Consulting and Compliance 

•  CONN-OSHA enforces state occupational safety and health standards only in municipalities and state agencies. 

•  CONN-OSHA offers consulting services to state agencies and municipalities as well as to private businesses in Connecticut. There is no cost for consulting services.

•  There is no exchange of information between CONN-OSHA consultants and compliance officers. If consulting services are in progress, a compliance officer typically will not go to that site unless one of the following occurs:

•  An employee makes a complaint.

•  A death occurs at that site.

• Three or more individuals are hospitalized as a result of one particular incident. 

•  Penalties and citations are not issued as a part of the consulting program.

On rare occasions, if the designated representative of your state agency/municipality will not comply with the corrective timetables agreed upon by both parties, the consultant may refer the case to the CONN-OSHA Director. The Director may refer the case to enforcement when all options are exhausted.

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Customer Feedback About Consulting Services

The consultation program has definitely helped us make this a safer shop. I now realize that shop safety is an ongoing project and that to some extent we are never done with OSHA compliance. However, our intention is to make the safest shop we possibly can. Thanks to OSHA’s consultation program we have a road map to follow. That alone is a big relief to a small business owner like me! – Richard Auber, President, The Village Woodwright,

I whole-heartedly recommend ConnOSHA's service to any business whether they are "targeted" by Federal OSHA or not; simply to be aware of the requirements and to take advantage of Mr. Hartmann's unique perspective and recommendations on corrective action. - Ronald H. Levine, CEO, Apparel Manufacturing Corporation, Sterling

The consultant was very knowledgeable and conducted herself in a professional manner. This is an important service that every company should take advantage of. - Jeff Teolis, Regulatory Counsel, Jeneric/Pentron, Inc., Wallingford

Identification Products will definitely continue to use CONN-OSHA services, and is very happy with the help provided thus far. CONN-OSHA is a great source of information, and what they offer is not only efficient and effective, but allows us to find piece of mind in dealing with the complexities of our business. - Ken McCarthy, Screen Printing Supervisor, Identification Products Corporation, Bridgeport

The consultant was friendly, courteous, knowledgeable, and professional. This is a good way to recoup your tax dollars and avoid costly penalties. - Richard Snow, Vice President of Administration, Design Label Manufacturing, Inc., East Lyme

The consultation was informative and personal. The program is something all businesses could use to make their working places a safer environment. - Kevin Aiken, J. F. Barrett & Sons Site Developers, Inc., Norwalk

The consultant was courteous and had a good technical background. The consultation was helpful and professional as advertised. - Jay Forcellina, Manager, Curbell, Inc., East Granby

The consultant was extremely friendly, courteous and knowledgeable. CONN-OSHA needs to be more widely known in the business community. - William White, Armoloy, Bristol

Last Updated: December 21, 2021

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