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.