Sec. 31-400. Evaluation of emergency situation. Recommendations to reduce risks. Notifications. Penalty.
(a) In the event of recognition of a health emergency, suggested disease cluster or imminent hazard, the Commissioner of Public Health and the Labor Commissioner, upon their own initiative or upon notice from an occupational health clinic, auxiliary occupational health clinic or employer, may initiate site-specific hazard evaluations, industry-wide epidemiologic and industrial hygiene studies or other surveillance activities. Such investigatory studies or surveillance shall be conducted in full cooperation with local public health officials.
(b) Based on the results of such hazard evaluations, studies or surveillance activities, the Commissioner of Public Health and the Labor Commissioner shall recommend to an employer measures intended to reduce the risk of death, disability, injury or harm from such health emergency, disease cluster or imminent hazard.
(c) In the event such recommendations are made, the employer shall immediately notify all employees at potential risk from such health emergency, disease cluster or imminent hazard. Notification shall also be sent to the Commissioner of Public Health and the Labor Commissioner, and shall include available information about: (1) The nature of the health emergency, disease cluster or imminent hazard; (2) the level at which exposure is determined to be hazardous, if known; (3) the potential acute and chronic effects of exposure at hazardous levels; (4) the symptoms of such effects; (5) appropriate emergency treatment; (6) the precautions being taken by the employer; and (7) precautions that should be taken by employees.
(d) No notification made pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be admissible as evidence of the facts therein stated in any action at law or in any action under the Workers' Compensation Act against the employer making such notification. Any employer who fails to make a notification required by this section, or who knowingly supplies false information, may be assessed a civil penalty of not more than one thousand dollars for each such violation.
(P.A. 90-226, S. 5, 10; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 03-272, S. 3.)
History: P.A. 93-381 replaced commissioner of health services with commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; (Revisor's note: The phrase “commissioner of labor” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “labor commissioner” in conformance with Sec. 31-1); P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 03-272 designated existing provisions as Subsec. (a), adding “employer” therein, and added Subsecs. (b) re recommendations to reduce risk of harm, (c) re required notifications, and (d) re admissibility of notification and civil penalty.