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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

  • 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
  • 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
Kentucky Labor Cabinet
Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Program
500 Mero Street, 3rd Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601

Division of Compliance

The Division of Compliance is responsible for the enforcement of Kentucky's Occupational Safety and Health Standards. Safety compliance officers and industrial hygienists inspect workplaces to assure there are no hazardous conditions that would threaten the health or safety of workers. Should such a condition be found, inspectors may issue citations for violations of Kentucky statutes or standards. Inspections may be the result of regular scheduling, imminent danger reports, accident or fatality reports, employee complaints or referrals from other agencies.

View the OSH Division of Compliance

Division of Education and Training

The Division of Education and Training assists employers and employees by promoting voluntary compliance with the OSH standards. This cost-free assistance consists of education, technical training, consultation, publications, and information on injury/illness recordkeeping requirements. The Division of Education and Training is also responsible for overseeing the Partnership Programs as well as conducting the Annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, and the OSHA Data Collection.

Fatality Data

Reporting Requirements

Employers are required to report workplace fatalities, amputations, and hospitalizations to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health Compliance.

For all workplace fatality and injury data, please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements

View all available courses and webinars at KYSAFE eTraining.

OSH State Plan

The Kentucky State Plan represents the formal agreement between the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA.

List of approved state plans​

Volume I

  • Table of Contents for Kentucky OSH State Plan; Appendix I
  • Plan Narrative; Appendix II
  • Statutes; Appendix III
  • Legislation Affecting KRS Chapter 338; Appendix IV
  • Executive Orders; Appendix V
  • Executive Orders - Governor's Correspondence; Appendix VI
  • Attorney General Opinions; Appendix VII
  • OSH Program - Administrative Regulations; Appendix VIII
  • OSH Standards - Administrative Regulations; Appendix IX

Volume II

  • Compliance Field Operations Manual; Appendix I
  • Kentucky OSH Technical Manual; Appendix II
  • OSH Review Commission; Appendix III
  • Disclosure and Publicity; Appendix IV

Volume III

  • Interagency Agreement and Agreement Contracts; Appendix I
  • Kentucky OSH Posters; Appendix II
  • Voluntary Compliance Programs, Division of Education and Training Operations Manual; Appendix III
  • Memorandum of Agreements; Appendix IV
  • Organization Charts, Staffing Patterns and Position Descriptions; Appendix V
  • Kentucky OSH Standards Board; Appendix VI

Volume IV

  • Evaluation; Appendix I
  • Federal/State Documents; Appendix II
  • 23(g) Operational Grant; Appendix III (See Volume IV-A)

Review Commission

The Review Commission, also created by KRS Chapter 338, is an independent, quasi-judicial body empowered to adjudicate contested OSH cases. The Commission consists of three (3) members appointed by the Governor to represent the interests of employers, employees, and the occupational safety and health profession. Under an agreement with the Attorney General's Office, first-level contests are heard and ruled upon by hearing officers employed by the Attorney General.

View the Review Commission Websi​te

Federal-State Coordinator

This office is responsible for maintaining the State Plan, as well as handling day-to-day communications with other government agencies, both at the state and federal level, including the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA, BLS, and other state OSH programs.

The Office of the Federal-State Coordinator oversees the Office of Standards Interpretation and Development. Safety and Health Standards Specialists from this office serve as support staff to the OSH Program, the OSH Standards Board, promulgate OSH regulations, respond to OSH inquiries, and provide interpretations of OSH standards and regulations.

Required Workplace Posters​

Please click here to see the list of Required Posters on our Wages​ and Hours​ page.​​