Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Program

The Kentucky Safety and Health (OSH) Program, under the statutory authority of Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) Chapter 338 and through a state plan approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), exercises jurisdiction for enforcement, on-site consultation, standards promulgation, and training services related to workplace safety and health. Enforcement activities and voluntary compliance services are extended to both the public and private sectors in Kentucky with the exception of employees of the federal government and employers under the authority of federal agencies other than OSHA, such as the Mine Safety and Health Administration or the Federal Railroad Administration. OSHA retains jurisdiction in Kentucky for private sector maritime activities as well as for Tennessee Valley Authority employment, military bases, and other properties ceded to the U.S. government.

Since 1972, the mission of the Kentucky OSH Program has been to prevent any detriment to the safety and health of all public and private sector employees arising out of exposure to harmful conditions or practices at places of work. This is accomplished by the dual approach of firm, fair enforcement that may bear citations with monetary penalties for violations of OSH standards or regulations, coupled with the offer of cost-free voluntary compliance assistance through on-site consultative surveys, training courses, and technical assistance. This balanced, common sense approach has improved Kentucky's work environment and prevented countless work-related injuries and illnesses since the inception of the Kentucky OSH Program.

The primary components of the Kentucky OSH Program include:        

  • The Division of Occupational Safety and Health Compliance;
  • The Division of Occupational Safety and Health Education and Training; and
  • Office of Federal-State Coordinator.
Additionally, the OSH Standards Board and the OSH Review Commission are associated with the program.

OSH Program at a Glance
Established
  • By the General Assembly in 1972
  • State Plan approved by OSHA in 1973
Enabling Legislation
  • Kentucky Revised Statutes
    Title XXVII - Labor and Human Rights
    Chapter 338 - Occupational Safety and Health of Employees
Administrative Regulations
  • Kentucky Administrative Regulations
    Title 803, Chapter 2 - Occupational Safety and Health
Mission
  • To prevent any detriment to the safety and health of all public and private sector employees arising out of exposure to harmful conditions or practices at places of work.
Jurisdiction
  • All public and private employers and employees with the exception of those in private sector maritime activities, federal employees, employment at Tennessee Valley Authority facilities, military bases, and any properties ceded to the U.S. government.
Organizational Units
  • Division of Occupational Safety and Health Compliance
  • Division of Occupational Safety and Health Education and Training
  • Office of OSH Federal-State Coordinator
Associated Entities
  • Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board
  • Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission
Funding Sources
  • Workers' Compensation Funding Commission
  • U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Address
  • Kentucky Labor Cabinet
    Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Program
    1047 US HWY 127 South
    Suite 4
    Frankfort, KY 40601
Reports
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