There are many reasons Pinnacol policyholders should implement Colorado’s Cost Containment
Certification (CCC) program. Policyholders who have achieved Cost Containment Certification often
see a decrease in claims costs, a reduction in losses, and experience less severe injuries. The
certification can also make policyholders eligible for a discount on their workers’ compensation
premium. More importantly, certification demonstrates your organization’s commitment to protecting
the safety and welfare of your employees.
Colorado’s Cost Containment Certification requires that employers have a six-step formal safety
program in place and document its effectiveness for one year. In addition to these steps, the following
also must be kept throughout the year:
– Safety orientation documentation for all new employees
– Safety training documentation on (at least) a quarterly basis. (Pinnacol recommends
monthly safety awareness training to promote better safety awareness and to develop a
good safety culture for your company.)
– Accident investigation reports for all incidents reported, including corrective measures to be
– Documentation indicating the designated medical provider/s the company selected has
been distributed to all existing and new employees
– Documentation showing efforts towards instituting modified duty that conforms to the
treating physician’s restrictions
– Required documentation must be dated and signed
Keep in mind; you probably already have the majority of the components of the CCC program in
place. If you have a solid safety program implemented and the program and its results have been well
documented – then you may have met some of the above requirements. Regardless, our Pinnacol
safety consultants can help with every step of the process.
Additionally, we offer the Employer’s Guide to Cost Containment Certification – free of charge – online
at Pinnacol.com under the “Order Materials” section of our website. Along with this workbook, we
created a Cost Containment Certification webinar series. The series is an exclusive benefit to Pinnacol
policyholders and was designed to assist you with development of your CCC program and to walk
you through the six-step process, documentation and application. You can access the webinars at any
time from the Resources section of Pinnacol.com.
If you have any questions about the materials or the process, please contact our Safety On
Call hotline at 303.361.4700 or 888.501.4752.