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Workplace Standards

Workplace Standards Basics


The Department of Workplace Standards has the statutory authority and oversight to carry out the administrative duties of the Divisions of Wages & Hours; Occupational Safety & Health Compliance; and, Occupational Safety & Health Education & Training.

The Department of Workplace Standards has the responsibility of enforcing the statutes established in Chapters 207, 336, 337, 338, 339 and 345 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes.

Division of Occupational Safety & Health Education &Training (KY Safe)

The Division of Occupational Safety & Health Education & Training (KY Safe) assists employers and employees by promoting voluntary compliance with the OSH standards.

Training Details

Division of Wages & Hours

The Division of Wages & Hours is responsible for the enforcement of wage and hour laws, child labor laws, various discrimination laws, and the management and enforcement of prevailing wage rate determinations.

Division of Occupational Safety & Health Compliance

The Occupational Safety & Health Program exercises jurisdiction for the enforcement, on-site consultation, standards promulgation, and training services related to workplace safety and health.

Labor Directory

In 1965, the first Directory of Kentucky Labor Organizations was published in an attempt to satisfy a very real need for communication between Kentucky's organized labor force, the citizens, and the government of our Commonwealth. In 1974, a renewed effort was made to extend that original purpose and establish a constantly updated source of information on the organized labor force of the Commonwealth. After a year of extensive research, the 1975 directory was published.

Since 1975 the Labor Cabinet has attempted to obtain all of the relevant information for every union and their locals operating in the Commonwealth and their district, or council, affiliations. The responses have been incorporated into the directory. We encourage and request unions, locals, districts, councils, and users of the directory to send all changes of officers, addresses, telephone numbers, locals, membership totals, and contracts so that our records will be useful and timely. This will ensure that any omission, inaccuracy, or incomplete information will be corrected as quickly as possible.

In 2002 the directory was made available on the internet and the last hard copy was published. This allows us to update the information more frequently and provide users with the most accurate information available. We need your help to ensure our information is accurate. Please let us know when there are changes to your organization so we can update your information in the directory. The forms below are provided to help keep the directory as up to date as possible. If you have a change, please complete the appropriate form below and email it to us so we can update your information.

National Office Form
International Representatives Form
Union Local Form

Open Records Request

In order to process a requested record, the following steps must be followed:

  1. When requesting information, please be as detailed as possible in your request. (i.e. Name of Company; Date of Inspection; Name of Party Injured (if an injury occurred); Inspection Number (if possible, but not necessary); Address of Company (or where the inspection occurred).
  2. Requests may be sent via email ( or mailed to Open Records Officer – DWS at 500 Mero Street, 3rd Floor, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
  3. If request is made by mail, please include a return mailing address and phone number with the request.

Please Note:

  • There is no specific form for OSH or Wage and Hour open records request.
  • Certain types of information may not be released due to statutory exemptions.
  • Responses to requests may be picked up in person, mailed, or emailed (where file size permits). If you wish to pick up a response in person, please indicate that in the request and provide a phone number so that our office can contact you when the response is ready.
  • There is a charge of $11.00 per CD/DVD. If you wish to receive a hard copy, it is ten cents per page and 25 cents per color page. Please indicate in your request that you would like a hard copy rather than a CD.
  • We will respond to requests within 3 business days from the date we receive the request. Some requests are larger than others and may require additional time to obtain and sanitize the responsive information. If more than three days are needed to prepare a response, you will receive communication from our office indicating the additional time needed to prepare a response.