The Connecticut Occupational Safety and Health Division (CONN-OSHA) is part of the Connecticut Department of Labor. The main office is located in Wethersfield.
CONN-OSHA covers all state and local government workers in the state. It does not cover federal government workers. Federal government workers, including those employed by the United States Postal Service and civilian workers on military bases, are covered by OSHA which also exercises authority over private sector employers in the state. A brief summary of the Connecticut State Plan is included in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 29 CFR 1952.23. Federal OSHA retains the authority to promulgate, modify, or revoke occupational safety and health standards under Section 6 of the OSH Act. In the event that federal OSHA resumes enforcement, those federal standards will be enforced. Federal OSHA also retains the authority to monitor the State Plan under Section 18(f) of the OSH Act.
CONN-OSHA has adopted all OSHA standards for general industry and construction. CONN-OSHA incorporates federal standards by reference. Therefore, the state and federal standards are identical with the exception of Table Z-1, Limits for Air Contaminants, in 29 CFR 1910.1000, 29 CFR 1904.1, 29 CFR 1904.2, note to Subpart B and non-mandatory Appendix A to Subpart B of 29 CFR 1904.
CONN-OSHA compliance is responsible for the enforcement of CONN-OSHA safety and health standards. Compliance officers inspect workplaces for hazardous conditions and issue citations where violations of CONN-OSHA regulations are found. Inspections may be the result of: regular scheduling, imminent danger reports, fatalities, worker complaints or referrals. CONN-OSHA enforces a provision prohibiting retaliation for occupational safety or health activity. More information on enforcement in Connecticut can be found on the Connecticut State Plan website.
CONN-OSHA offers voluntary and cooperative programs focused on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. CONN-OSHA also offers on-site consultation services which help employers - both public and private - comply with CONN-OSHA or OSHA standards and identify and correct potential safety and health hazards. For more information on these programs, please visit the Connecticut State Plan website.
CONN-OSHA personnel conduct informal conferences in an effort to resolve contested cases. The Connecticut Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission hears and rules on appeals from citations, notifications, and penalties issued by CONN-OSHA. For more information, please visit the Connecticut State Plan website.
OSHA makes every effort to ensure that this webpage is accurate and up-to-date; however, for the latest information please contact the State Plan directly.
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