Comparison: State vs. Federal
Colorado is not a “state-plan” state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health program. Consequently, the federal OSH Act governs workplace safety and health in the private sector (private businesses, commercial establishments, and nonprofit organizations).
There are no laws or regulations that govern workplace safety and health in public sector workplaces (state and local offices and operations, school systems, commissions, etc.) in Colorado. Federal facilities are covered under federal agency safety and health rules.
See the national section INSPECTIONS for the federal inspection requirements.
Colorado state agencies are permitted and, in some cases, required, to conduct inspections under state hazardous materials transportation regulations. See the TABLE for state agency inspection requirements for hazardous materials motor carriers.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administers and enforces workplace safety and health inspection requirements for the private sector in the state.
The Colorado State Patrol (CSP) regulates the safety and routing of hazardous materials motor carriers.