Colorado OSHA laws & HR compliance analysis

Colorado OSHA: What you need to know

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) is “preemptive;” that is, it overrides state work safety and health laws and regulations in the areas that it covers. Since it covers virtually all areas of workplace health and safety in the private sector, it supplants most state work safety requirements. Under the OSH Act, individual states may devise and administer their own standards, but only with federal approval and only if the applicable state requirements are as stringent as the corresponding federal standards.
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Because Colorado has not adopted its own plan, federal standards are the governing law for private sector employers (businesses and nonprofit organizations) in the state. There are no laws or regulations that govern workplace safety and health in the public sector (state and local offices and operations, school systems, and commissions) in Colorado. Federal facilities are covered under federal agency safety and health rules.
Workers' compensation insurance premium dividends may be earned by employers qualifying for certification by the Workers' Compensation Cost Containment Board.
Colorado State University/Department of Environmental Health (DEH) provides free safety and health program assistance to employers, especially those in smaller businesses (fewer than 250 employees per facility and 500 worldwide). The service is funded primarily through federal OSHA, with some assistance from state funds. DEH staff can help you identify workplace safety and health hazards, advise you on how to reduce or eliminate those hazards, and assess your safety and health program. Experienced and professional safety, industrial ...

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