Region 1 - Alliance Annual Report - FY 2019

Griffin Hospital Occupational Medical Center
Alliance Background: Signed September 27, 2005
Renewed: September 27, 2007
Modified and resigned May 18, 2018


The purpose was to use their collective expertise to help foster a culture of prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge. Emphasis would be on reducing and preventing exposure to hazards found in healthcare and manufacturing.

Implementation Team Members

Steven Biasi, Area Director, U.S. Department of Labor/OSHA, Bridgeport Area Office
Kenneth Tucker, Director, State of Connecticut, Division of Occupational Safety and Health
Myra Odenwaelder, DPT Director, Rehabilitation Services, Griffin Hospital Occupational Medicine
William Purcell, President, Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce
Leona May, Compliance Assistance Specialist, U.S. Department of Labor/OSHA, Bridgeport Area Office
Dierdre Laverty Client Services, Griffin Hospital Occupational Medicine


Griffin Hospital Safety and Health Director
Griffin Hospital Physical Therapy Department
Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, Shelton, CT
NFP - Human Resource Services, Shelton, CT
Connecticut OSHA
PMA, Wallingford, CT

Evaluation Period

FY 2019 - October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019

Team Meetings

***Numerous telephone calls and emails were exchanged throughout this evaluation period between Bridgeport Area Office’s Compliance Assistance Specialist Leona May, representatives from Griffin Hospital Occupational Medicine, Carol Pendagast, Director of Human Resource Services for NFP and Nancie Gray, Vice President of Marketing and Special event for the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Events and Products

Outreach and Communication

The Alliance utilizes the Connecticut OSHA Newsletter to announce programs, events and training opportunities. Additionally, the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce prints the announcements in their monthly newsletters.

Outreach goals are to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health in the healthcare, manufacturing and construction industry.

Communication is primarily conducted through email, websites and mail distribution.


Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
December 8, 2018 OSHA Recordkeeping


March 20, 2019 A practical Business Approach for Managing and Assessing Your Risk
Ernest St. Amant PMA


June 7, 2019 Walking and Working Surfaces




Upcoming Milestones in FY 2020

The Bridgeport Area Office will continue to present various safety and health topics and training in coordination with Griffin Hospital Occupational Medical Center, Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce members, general public and law enforcement personnel.

October 4, 2019 Seminar on Workers Compensation

FY 2020 - currently working on a presentation regarding drug use effect on work place.