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Substitute House Bill No. 5312

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-123

AN ACT RESTRICTING THE USE OF INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE AND SAFETY TITLES AND CONCERNING THE OPTOMETRY BOARD.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (a) No person shall use the title: (1) "Associate safety professional" or use in connection with his name the letters "A.S.P." or any other title, word, letter or other designation intended to imply or designate that he is an associate safety professional, unless he is certified as such by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals; (2) "Certified industrial hygienist" or use in connection with his name the letters "C.I.H." or any other title, word, letter or other designation intended to imply or designate that he is a certified industrial hygienist, unless he is certified as such by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene; (3) "Certified safety professional" or use in connection with his name the letters "C.S.P." or any other title, word, letter or other designation intended to imply or designate that he is a certified safety professional, unless he is certified as such by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals; (4) "Industrial hygienist in training" or use in connection with his name the letters "I.H.I.T." or any other title, word, letter or other designation intended to imply or designate that he is an industrial hygienist in training, unless he is certified as such by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene; or (5) "Occupational health and safety technologist" or use in connection with his name the letters "O.H.S.T." or any other title, word or other designation intended to imply or designate that he is an occupational health and safety technologist, unless he is certified as such by the Joint Committee of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

(b) Any person who knowingly, willfully or intentionally violates any provision of subsection (a) of this section shall, for a first violation, have committed an infraction and, for a second or subsequent violation, be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than three months, or both.

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 20-128a of the general statutes, as amended by sections 12 and 21 of public act 95-257, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) There shall be within the Department of Public Health a Connecticut Board of Examiners for Optometrists. Said board shall consist of seven members appointed by the Governor, subject to the provisions of section 4-9a, as follows: Four practicing licensed optometrists in good professional standing who reside in this state and three public members. The optometrists appointed for terms beginning on and after [January 1, 1991, shall be optometrists who are authorized to use pharmaceutical agents pursuant to section 20-127, except that any optometrist serving on the board on October 1, 1990, shall be eligible for reappointment on or after January 1, 1991, whether or not such optometrist is authorized to use such pharmaceutical agents] JANUARY 1, 1997, SHALL BE OPTOMETRISTS AUTHORIZED UNDER CHAPTER 380 TO PRACTICE AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF THEIR PROFESSION, EXCEPT THAT ANY OPTOMETRIST SERVING ON THE BOARD ON OCTOBER 1, 1996, SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR REAPPOINTMENT ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 1997, WHETHER OR NOT SUCH OPTOMETRIST IS AUTHORIZED TO PRACTICE AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF HIS PROFESSION. The Governor shall appoint a chairman from among such members. No member appointed on or after January 1, 1991, shall serve on the board for more than eight years.

Sec. 3. Section 20-33 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Any person, except a physician or surgeon licensed under the provisions of chapter 370, who practices or attempts to practice chiropractic, or any person INCLUDING SUCH PHYSICIAN OR SURGEON who buys, sells or fraudulently obtains any diploma or license to practice chiropractic, whether recorded or not, or who uses the title "Chiropractor", "D.C.", or any word or title to induce the belief that he is engaged in the practice of chiropractic, without complying with the provisions of this chapter, or any person who violates any provision of this chapter, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than five years or both. For the purposes of this section, each instance of patient contact or consultation which is in violation of any provision of this chapter shall constitute a separate offense. Failure to renew a license in a timely manner shall not constitute a violation for the purposes of this section.

Approved May 24, 1996. Effective October 1, 1996.

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