Connecticut Facilities: What you need to know

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) (29 USC 651) applies to all employers, and its provisions supersede those of Connecticut except where there are no federal provisions or where the Connecticut provisions are more stringent. A comprehensive discussion of federal safety and health workplace standards is available.
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The state of Connecticut has specific facility requirements that obligate employers to maintain a workplace free from recognizable hazards (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 31-370).
There are also a variety of specific requirements for employers under state law.
Floors. Every workroom floor must be kept as dry as possible. If wet processes are used, there must be good drainage and dry places to stand; otherwise, protective waterproof footwear should be provided.
Lavatories. Every toilet must have a door that can be locked. Separate restrooms must be provided for each gender with the exception of single occupancy toilet rooms with an inside door lock, which are gender neutral. Towels must be individual or be kept in a locked container that allows for an individual portion to be withdrawn for use (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 91a-103et seq.).
Temperature. When any building is used as an office or place of business, a temperature of less than 65 degrees Fahrenheit is deemed injurious to the health of the occupants (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 19a-109). A waiver can be obtained for all or part of a building. State regulations do not specify a maximum temperature under which Connecticut employees can work, but under the federal OSH Act, the temperature may not be so high as to cause physical injury (e.g., employees falling from passing out).
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