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All resources are provided for your information. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment does not testify to, sponsor or endorse the accuracy of the information provided by external links. If you know of a valuable occupational health resource and would like to see it posted on this page, please contact Meredith.Towle@state.co.us.
Colorado passed the Public Health Improvement Act in 2008, which drastically changed the landscape of public health practice across the state. This legislation requires that every public health agency, both local and state government, conduct a comprehensive community health assessment and improvement plan every 5 years. Because of the necessary work of the community health assessment, many agencies are looking closely for data that can help describe their community best. The demand for community health data has never been higher.
In an effort to integrate occupational health and safety into this effort, we have created the following resources for local health departments to help them learn about various sources of county-level occupational health outcomes and employment data, as well as the resources available to help them address occupational health and safety issues in their communities.
If you want help creating a safer workplace, or just have questions about preventing injury and illness around potential hazards, contact the Colorado State University OSHA Consultation Program or the NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) Program. They provide several confidential and free services for qualifying businesses, including:
Occupational Health & Safety Consultation
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
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More information for developing and evaluating your workplace safety program:
If you are concerned about unaddressed health or safety hazards where you work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Workers Webpage provides valuable information on worker rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a confidential complaint.
Workers can also submit at request for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to conduct a Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) at their place of employment.
If you have questions about these resources, or are seeking help addressing a workplace hazard, please contact our program at (303) 691-4938.
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American Industrial Hygiene Association Rocky Mountain Section (AIHA RMS): The Rocky Mountain Section is a regional subdivision of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. The AIHA promotes, protects, and enhances industrial hygienists and other occupational health, safety and environmental professionals in their efforts to improve the health and well being of workers, the community, and the environment following the AIHA.
American Society of Safety Engineers Colorado Chapter (ASSE): The Colorado based chapter works to advance the technical, scientific, managerial and ethical knowledge and skills of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals, and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. ASSE provides such services as education, public affairs, government affairs, and involvement in national and international safety standards development, technical publications and timely and ongoing communications on safety advancements worldwide.
Building Trades National Screening Program: Provides free medical screening to construction workers who helped to build our nation's nuclear defense sites.
Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology is a statewide manufacturing assistance center dedicated to increasing the competitiveness of Colorado manufacturers. CAMT's list of services includes assistance with building health and safety programs.
Colorado Department of Agriculture, Pesticide Applicator Program provides certification and training for private and commercial pesticide applicators.
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) - Workers Compensation Division: The Colorado DOLE workers compensation division is the state office responsible for administering and enforcing workers compensation laws in this state. In doing so, it recognizes the intent of the Colorado General Assembly to ensure the quick and efficient delivery of disability and medical benefits to injured workers, at a reasonable cost to employers.
Colorado Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP): Provides safety training courses and resources, as well as supervisory skills development classes.
Colorado School of Public Health: Colorado School of Public Health actively addresses issues relevant to Colorado communities including access to health care, environmental protection and sustainability, preventing and living with chronic disease, responding to emerging infectious disease, and preventing injuries.
Colorado State University (CSU) - Department of Environment and Radiological Health Science: CSU establishes educational and research programs in occupational health and safety and ergonomics for rural Colorado, the Western Great Plains and the Eastern Rocky Mountain regions.
Colorado State University: The OSHA Consultation Service: The OSHA consultation service provides comprehensive safety and health solutions for small businesses throughout Colorado.
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE): CSTE is poised to advance the NIOSH strategic surveillance goals under the National Occupational Research Agenda and Research to Practice initiative.
Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL BLS): The BLS Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities Program provides data on occupational illnesses and injuries on the job, and data on worker fatalities.
Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health.
Environmental Protection Agency, Renovation Repair and Painting: This program requires that firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint be trained and certified by EPA to follow lead-safe work practices.
High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (HICAHS): The HICAHS Center is located in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences at Colorado State University and is focused on research, education, and intervention to reduce agricultural injury and illness.
Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC): A NIOSH-funded occupational safety and health training center of excellence located at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH): NIOSH is the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. The NIOSH Denver Regional Office (DRO) is located in Denver where and a key priority is enhancing state capacity for occupational safety and health.
NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) Reports: Search reports by topic, state, industry or health effect.
National Jewish Health- Division of Environmental and Occupational Health: A multidisciplinary team focused on the detection, treatment and prevention of pulmonary diseases that are primarily a result of occupational/environmental exposures.
National Jewish Health - Miners Clinic of Colorado: A program that provides free and confidential medical screening, diagnosis, treatment, pulmonary rehabilitation, education, counseling, and prevention services for miners and others, through the Black Lung Clinic and the Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program (RESEP).
Occupational Health Clinics: The Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC) has grown to a network of more than 60 clinics and more than 250 individuals committed to improving the practice of occupational and environmental medicine through information sharing and collaborative research.
National Supplemental Screening Program (NSSP): A program of the U.S. Department of Energy to evaluate the health of former DOE workers who may have been exposed to hazardous substances at work.
Red Rocks Community College- Rock Mountain Education Center (RMEC): Provides OSHA approved training programs for workers, supervisors and employers.
Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center (RMPDC): RMPDC provides poison and drug information services to medical professionals and the public.
Saccomanno Research Institute: Saccomanno Research Institute expands medical and scientific knowledge in areas that improve the health and well being of residents in the Grand Junction area, with an emphasis on respiratory illness and disease. The Institute strives to make progress against genetic, environmental, and occupational diseases affecting area residents.
Tri-County Environmental and Occupational Health: Tri County occupational and environmental health programs focus on preventing communicable diseases and environmental conditions that could be harmful to your health.
Western Slope Safety Council (WSSC): WSSC is organized to promote a commitment to safety and environmental preservation through adoption of “best practices” within the oil and gas industry.