OLR BILL ANALYSIS
AN ACT CONCERNING VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND AMBULANCE COMPANIES AND THE DEFINITION OF EMPLOYER UNDER THE STATE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ACT.
This bill requires volunteer fire departments and volunteer ambulance companies to comply with the state's Occupational Safety and Health Act (Conn-OSHA). By law, the state and political subdivisions must comply with Conn-OSHA. (Under current law, volunteer fire departments are not considered political subdivisions. )
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2012
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act governs workplace safety in the private sector, but states may enact their own laws governing public-sector employers and employees. In Mayfied v. Goshen Volunteer Fire Company (301 Conn. 739 (2011)), the state Supreme Court ruled that a volunteer fire company did not have to comply with a Conn-OSHA warrant to inspect the company's premises because it was not a political subdivision of the state.
Labor and Public Employees Committee