COMPARISON: STATE VS. FEDERAL
Colorado is not a state plan state; that is, it does not have a federally approved workplace safety and health regulatory program. Private sector employers are governed by the requirements of the federal Hazard Communication Standard. There are no laws or regulations that govern workplace safety and health in the public sector (state and local offices and operations, school systems, or commissions) in Colorado.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration directs and enforces occupational safety and health, including hazard communication requirements, in the private sector in Colorado.