Colorado Safety and Health laws & HR compliance analysis

Colorado Safety and Health: What you need to know

Health and safety in the workplace are regulated in large part according to standards adopted under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), a federal law. The law provides for individual states to devise and administer their own work safety programs, but only with federal approval and only if the state requirements are at least as stringent as the corresponding federal standards. Colorado does not have its own approved occupational safety and health plan; therefore, the federal standards are the governing law of the state.
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) VPP emphasizes the importance of site-specific occupational safety and health programs by recognizing systems that effectively prevent and control occupational hazards. Employers whose safety and health programs go beyond the minimal requirements of OSHA to provide the best possible protection are eligible to participate.
VPP members are taken off the scheduled inspection list. This allows OSHA to focus resources in other areas and allows participants to function as partners--cooperatively handling any safety and health problems that arise. Additionally, companies realize improved employee motivation to work safely, reduced workplace injuries and illnesses, commensurate lower workers' compensation costs, and community recognition.
Management, labor, and OSHA establish a cooperative relationship at a workplace by implementing the following program elements:
· Management agrees to operate an effective program that meets an established set of criteria.
· Employees agree to participate in the program and work with management to ensure a safe and healthful workplace.
· OSHA initially verifies ...

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