Connecticut has a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program, but it applies only to the public sector (state and municipal government offices and operations). This means that while public employers must follow the Connecticut Occupational Safety and Health Act (CT OSH Act), private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) employers are regulated by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (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 ENFORCEMENT 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 sections HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD, MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET, OSHA, and TRAINING.
All private and public sector employers with 25 or more employees (regular employees, excluding temporary and seasonal workers) must develop safety committees at each worksite. Employers of any size must have committees if their injury and illness rate exceeds the average for all industries in the state.
In Connecticut, federal OSHA administers and enforces the federal OSH Act for private employers. The Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL) Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA) administers and enforces the state law applicable to public sector employers. The Workers’ Compensation ...