Connecticut OSHA regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Connecticut OSHA: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) of 1970, 29 USC 651et seq. and regulations at 29 CFR 1901et seq.

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Connecticut Occupational Safety and Health Act (CT OSH Act), Connecticut General Statutes (CGS) 31-367 to 31-385, and regulations at 31-46a-228 Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies (RCSA)

Safety committee: 31-40v-1 RCSA to 31-40v-11 RCSA

Regulatory Agencies

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 1

Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL) Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA)

DOL Workers' Compensation Commission (WCC)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Connecticut has a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program, but it applies to the public sector (state and municipal government offices and operations) only. This means that while public employers must follow the CT OSH Act, private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) employers are regulated by the federal OSH Act. The CT OSH Act has adopted the standards of the federal OSH Act in their entirety, but has included maximum penalty limits for violations in public sector workplaces that are in some cases less strict than federal penalties. See the state section PENALTIES/LIABILITIES for more information.

Connecticut requires private and public sector employers with more than 25 employees and in certain high-risk workplaces to establish safety and health committees to oversee health and safety issues.

For a detailed discussion of the standards of the federal OSH Act, refer to the national ...


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