On January 25, 2019, the Town of Rocky Hill received CIRMA’s 2019 Excellence in Risk Management Award. The Town was recognized for “New and Innovative Risk Management Initiatives” in the following areas:
- Increased training efforts and Safety Committee Member involvement
- A web-based portal for easy access to workplace safety and workers’ compensation information
- Objective applicant selection and hiring procedures
- Implementation of the ALICE Blended Learning training for violent critical incidents in the workplace and schools.
Read a summary of Rocky Hill's submission here.
Visit CIRMA's Award website here.
CIRMA produced a video about Rocky Hill's risk management efforts. You can view it here.
Picture from left to right: Lieutenant Joseph Phelps (RHPD), Dr. Mark Zito (Superintendent of Schools), Chuck Zettergren (Assistant Superintendent of Facilities & Operations), David Demchak (President & CEO of CIRMA), John Mehr (Town Manager), Dana McGee (Director of Human Resources & Legal Compliance), Camille Gilbert (Human Resources Assistant), Chief Michael D. Custer (RHPD), Sergeant Steven Morgan (RHPD)
Workplace Safety and OSHA Compliance
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970, the Town of Rocky Hill is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace environment for all employees. It is the intent of this municipality to comply with all local, state, and federal regulations governing workplace safety and to develop a safety program that conforms to the best management practices available to minimize hazards and reduce the likelihood of employee injury.
The Town of Rocky Hill understands that to have an effective safety program, safety must be integrated into the daily activities of every employee. Safety is the responsibility of every employee and it is the practice of this municipality to hold all employees accountable for workplace behaviors that affect their own personal safety and health as well as the safety of coworkers.
Workplace Safety Forms
Alternate Entry of Catch Basin
Documentation of Lock Removal
Exposure Incident Form: Bloodborne Pathogens/Sharps Injury
Hearing Conservation Audiometric Testing Form
Hepatitis B Vaccine Declination Form
Report of Incident/Accident on Town Property or at Sponsored Activity
Town Safety Committee
C.G.S. § 31-40v requires each employer with twenty-five (25) or more workers, including municipalities and local public agencies, to establish and administer safety and health committees. The purpose of this legislation is to bring employers and employees together in a cooperative and effective effort to promote safety and health in the workplace.
The goal of the Town of Rocky Hill's Safety Committee is to eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses by involving employees and management in collaboratively identifying hazards and developing methods of how to prevent them.
To achieve this goal, the Town of Rocky Hill has made a commitment to identifying and implementing best practices relative to a municipal risk management program.
The Town of Rocky Hill Safety Committee has been established to identify, and, if necessary, facilitate processes that address the risks that may arise from, or affect, the Town of Rocky Hill's operations and activities on behalf of its residents. Membership is comprised of employees from broad representation across departments. Additionally, members of the Police Department and Board of Education administrators are regular participants in these meetings. All operations in the Town of Rocky Hill are required to cooperate with the Town of Rocky Hill's Safety Committee in this effort.
2019 Governing Documents
2019 Membership List
2019 Meeting Schedule
Compliance Letter (Issued by the Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission)
OSHA Compliance Plans
With regard to safety and OSHA-related regulations, OSHA standards require the Town of Rocky Hill to maintain written compliance plans that address certain safety issues. The Town maintains the following written compliance plans:
Bloodborne Pathogen & Exposure Control Program
Confined Space - Competent Person Program
Emergency Evacuation Plan
Emergency Operation Plan
Hazard Communication Program
(Employees may access chemical inventory through the HazCompliance portal)
Hearing Conservation Program
2019 Execution of Written Compliance Programs & Plans
Workplace Safety Training
The Town of Rocky Hill works to ensure the protection of employees and prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths by providing training, outreach, education and assistance to employees. Many OSHA standards require that the Town provide safety and health training to ensure employees have the required skills and knowledge to safely perform the essential functions of their position.
The following includes examples of classes related to workplace safety completed by employees:
Confined Space - Competent Person