Colorado Facilities: What you need to know

Unless a state has its own occupational safety and health law, approved by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workplace facilities are regulated principally by OSHA, under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act. Since Colorado does not have its own federally approved program, the OSH Act applies and mandates the design, operation, conditions, and maintenance of workplace facilities.
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Employer's “general duty." Part of the OSH Act is the “general duty” provision, requiring employers to provide a workplace that is free from recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees and to do everything else that is reasonably necessary to protect the lives, health, and safety of employees. To the extent that the OSH Act contains loopholes, this law is intended to fill them.
A comprehensive discussion of federal safety and health workplace standards is available.
Gender-segregated facilities. Under the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act, facilities may be segregated by gender. However, covered entities must allow individuals access to and use of gender-segregated facilities that are consistent with their gender identity (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 24-34-402).
Lactation accommodations. Public and private employers with one or more employees must provide a room or other area near the work area, other than a toilet stall, where an employee can express breast milk in privacy (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 8-13.5-101).
Indoor air quality. The Colorado Clean Air Act prohibits smoking in indoor enclosed areas and workplaces, including restaurants, bars, private clubs, and bowling alleys.

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