June is Workplace Safety Month in Colorado

For immediate release

Date: June 7, 2018
Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations
Bill Thoennes at (303) 318-8004 or Cher Haavind at (303) 318-8003
Fax: (303) 318-8070
Web:  www.colorado.gov/cdle


(DENVER) – June is National Safety Month and the Division of Workers Compensation (a part of the Department of Labor and Employment) is using this annual focus on safety to stress the importance of workplace safety.  Governor Hickenlooper has issued a proclamation declaring June as Workplace Safety Month.

Employers, risk managers and safety professionals know that when an employee is injured on the job, the resulting medical bills and lost productivity can dig deep into the bottom line. They know that the best way to avoid the costs associated with workplace accidents is by avoiding an injury in the first place.

That cost-avoidance is the philosophy behind the Division of Workers Compensation’s Premium Cost Containment Program.  The Division uses Workplace Safety Month to urge more companies to participate in its Premium Cost Containment Program which offers technical assistance at no cost and conducts a comprehensive risk assessment of participating companies’ safety practices.

Companies with an interest in strengthening workplace safety can be certified by the Division of Workers Compensation’s Premium Cost Containment Program that guides employers in establishing safety practices to reduce work-related injuries. Companies that are granted certification in the Premium Cost Containment Program are eligible for reductions of 5 to 10% on their workers' compensation premiums.

But most employers aren’t solely concerned with the bottom line.  They strive for a safe workplace because they value their employees and want to keep them happy and healthy.  “Responsible business owners know that a safe workplace benefits everyone,” says Department of Labor and Employment Executive Director Sam Walker, “and it’s everyone's responsibility.  Reducing the number of workplace accidents can be challenging, particularly in some industries, but the benefits in employee productivity and morale alone will make it worth the effort.”

Now in its third decade of operation, the Premium Cost Containment Program has certified more than 7,500 companies since 1991.  Currently, a little over 4,000 Colorado businesses are active in the program. And there are currently 450,000 Colorado workers employed at companies that are certified in this program.

Companies interested in learning more about the Premium Cost Containment Program should call 303-318-8644.

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Governor Hickenlooper’s Proclamation declaring June as Workplace Safety Month in Colorado.

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