The Connecticut Department of Labor's Division of Occupational Safety and Health has scheduled free workshops on commercial vehicle safety and recording and reporting occupational injuries and illnesses.

The workshops are scheduled for Sept. 17 and Sept. 18 at the agency's central office, 200 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield.

On Sept. 17 at 8:15 am, a breakfast roundtable discussion group will address commercial vehicle safety with guest speakers Daniel Devine and Garth Perri, inspectors in the state Department of Motor Vehicles' Commercial Vehicle Safety Division.

They will cover the many state and federal laws and regulations aimed at reducing the number and severity of vehicle crashes on state roads, said John Able, CONN-OSHA occupational safety training specialist.

Devine and Perri also will explain the New Entrant Safety Audit, a federal program designed to ensure that employers looking to conduct interstate operations within the U.S. pass a safety audit before being legally registered with the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Please email John Able to register or for more information.

Injury, Illness Reporting

The Sept. 18 workshop, set for 9 am to noon, will detail OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1904, Recording and Reporting of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.

Catherine Zinsser, CONN-OSHA Occupational Safety Training Specialist, will conduct the session and review the standard. Information will be provided to help employers accurately complete the:

  • Form 300: the Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses
  • Form 300A: the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses
  • Form 301: the Injury and Illness Incident Report

OSHA inspectors visiting an establishment typically start with a review of the OSHA recordkeeping log, Zinsser said, but critical forms are often not properly completed. The workshop is designed to make OSHA recordkeeping rules more user-friendly.

To register for the Sept. 18 workshop, please email Zinsser.