Navigating Connecticut’s EHS Regulatory Landscape: What Businesses Need to Know

by | Apr 11, 2024

Connecticut is known for having a robust regulatory landscape when it comes to environmental, health, and safety (EHS) regulations. This blog aims to provide businesses with a breakdown of the specific environmental and safety regulations in the state, offering guidance on how they can align their practices to those standards.


Environmental Regulations:

  1. Hazardous Waste Management: Connecticut has strict regulations for the management and disposal of hazardous waste. Businesses need to understand the classification, storage, labeling, and transportation requirements for hazardous waste.
  2. Air Quality: The state has implemented measures to control and reduce air pollution. Businesses must comply with emission standards, obtain necessary permits for air emissions, and install proper emission control systems.
  3. Water Pollution Control: Protecting water quality is a priority in Connecticut. Businesses must adhere to regulations governing wastewater discharge, stormwater management, and proper disposal of contaminants to prevent water pollution.
  4. Solid Waste Management: Connecticut promotes waste reduction, recycling, and proper disposal practices. Businesses should comply with waste management regulations, such as recycling requirements and ensuring proper disposal of hazardous materials.


Health and Safety Regulations:

  1. Occupational Safety and Health: Connecticut follows federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards to ensure workplace safety. Businesses are required to identify and mitigate workplace hazards, provide training, maintain records, and comply with specific industry-based safety regulations.
  2. Emergency Planning and Preparedness: Connecticut requires businesses to have emergency response plans, including evacuation procedures, firefighting systems, and communication protocols. It is crucial to comply with these regulations to ensure the safety of employees and the public.
  3. Hazard Communication: Businesses must have a comprehensive Hazard Communication Program that includes labeling, material safety data sheets (SDS), employee training, and proper handling of hazardous chemicals to protect workers from chemical hazards.
  4. Construction and Building Safety: In the construction industry, Connecticut has regulations for worker safety, fall protection, electrical safety, and scaffold and ladder safety. Construction sector businesses must comply with these regulations to prevent accidents and injuries.

Navigating Connecticut’s EHS regulatory landscape can be complex for businesses. Compliance with specific environmental and safety regulations is necessary to maintain legal compliance, protect public health, and minimize the impact on the environment. It is essential to seek professional guidance, stay updated with regulatory changes, and implement proper EHS management practices to ensure a safe and sustainable business operation in Connecticut.

Walden can provide more information on this topic. If you have any questions about navigating this landscape, please contact Walden’s EHS team at 516-588-6859.

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