Colorado Inspections laws & safety compliance analysis

Colorado Inspections : What you need to know

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).

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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.

State Requirements
TABLE: AGENCY INSPECTIONS—HAZARDOUS MATERIALS MOTOR CARRIERS
Item Frequency
Hazardous materials—Motor carriers8 Colorado Code of Regulations 1507-25 The CSP may inspect, at any time, motor vehicles, motor vehicles drivers, cargo, and any required documents whenever motor vehicles are transporting hazardous materials or nuclear materials on streets and public roads.
The CSP must inspect all motor vehicles carrying nuclear materials and entering the state at the point of entry at the weigh station nearest where the shipment enters the state. ...

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