COMPARISON: STATE VS. FEDERAL
In Connecticut, private sector employers (businesses and nonprofit organizations) are governed by the requirements of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act). Public sector employers (state and local governments, school systems, commissions, etc.) must follow state occupational safety and health requirements, including hazard communication. Connecticut has adopted the federal rules by reference, and also requires public sector employers to inform employees about carcinogens produced or used in the workplace. The state has also adopted its own information posting and employee notification requirements.
For more information about federal rules, see the national HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD analysis.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration administers and enforces occupational safety and health, including hazard communication requirements, in the private sector in Connecticut. The Connecticut Department of Labor Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA) is responsible for the administration and enforcement of public sector occupational safety and health requirements.
Connecticut General Statutes (CGS) 31-40c
Carcinogens. With the offer of employment (and on January 1 of each year), employers must furnish to each employee a list of all carcinogenic substances used or produced in the facility and also list the specific dangers of each exposure. Within the first month of employment, employers must provide training adequately describing the presence of carcinogenic substances, the dangers inherent in exposure, proper methods for avoiding harmful effects, and permissible exposure limits set by U.S. OSHA.