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Federal Annual Monitoring and Evaluation Reports: Connecticut

March 3, 2015
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Connecticut Division of Occupational Safety and Health
Initial approval date: Jan. 1, 1975
Plan converted to public employee-only: Oct. 2, 1978
Program certification date: Aug. 1, 1986
Final approval date: Not applicable

Federal OSHA is concerned that the Connecticut Occupational Safety and Health Administration may be misclassifying some serious violations as other-than-serious, according to the Federal Annual Monitoring and Evaluation Report on the state. However, for fiscal year 2013, OSHA identified no new findings for CONN-OSHA, which has made headway on correcting previously detected shortcomings.

Of the 17 recommendations from the previous year’s report, CONN-OSHA completed six recommendations, including:

  • Initiate more timely investigations in response to complaints.
  • Properly document all incident data in a fatality investigation.
  • Ensure the legibility of activity logs in discrimination cases.

Eight other recommendations from the FY 2012 report have been completed, but federal OSHA is awaiting verification. These include:

  • Reduce the number of days to initiate complaint inspections to five or fewer days.
  • Develop a new State Internal Evaluation Program to monitor enforcement operations.
  • Include settlement agreements in case files whenever possible.

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