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Kentucky State Plan

Kentucky State Plan

Kentucky State Plan

[Kentucky State Plan Website]
  • Initial Approval: July 23, 1973
  • State Plan Certification: February 08, 1980
  • 18(e) Final Approval: June 13, 1985

Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health (Kentucky OSH) is part of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet's Department of Workplace Standards, which is headed by the Commissioner. Its main office is located in Frankfort, Kentucky.


The Kentucky State Plan applies to all workplaces in the state, with the exception of: private sector maritime activities, Tennessee Valley Authority facilities, military personnel, the United States Postal Service, federal government workers, and issues of field sanitation and temporary labor camps in agriculture (except for agricultural temporary labor camps associated with egg, poultry, red meat production, or the post-harvest processing of agricultural or horticultural commodities).

Unique State Plan Standards and Regulations

The Kentucky OSH Standards Board is a 13-member body empowered to adopt, modify, or repeal OSH standards in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Board is chaired by the Secretary of the Labor Cabinet. The remaining 12 members are appointed by the governor to equally represent agriculture, labor, management, and the safety and health profession. Kentucky's OSH regulations are promulgated by means of Kentucky Administrative Regulations. They consist of state-specific regulations unique to Kentucky, OSHA regulations incorporated with state-specific provisions, and OSHA regulations incorporated without change. Below are state-specific regulations unique to the Kentucky State Plan:

General Industry
  • Batteries
  • Electrical Testing
  • Safety Belts, Lanyards, and Life Lines
  • Off Highway Motor Vehicles and Equipment
  • Rollover Protective Structures and Overhead Equipment
  • Fire Apparatus and Fire Department Facilities
  • Refuse Collection and Compaction Equipment
  • Receiving and Unloading Bulk Hazardous Liquids
  • Employers Responsibilities Where Workers Are Exposed to Toxic Substances
  • Reporting Amputations or In-Patient Hospitalizations
  • Guarding Floor and Wall Openings
  • Occupational Noise
  • Flammable and Combustible Liquids
  • Control of Hazardous Energy
  • Medical Services and First-Aid
  • Powered Industrial Trucks
  • Mechanical Power Presses
  • Selection and Use of Work Practices (Electrical)
  • Four, Four-Methulene bis (Two-Chloroaniline)
  • Laboratory Activities
  • Access to Worker Exposure and Medical Records
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Safety and Testing of Supply Lines in Excess of 600 Volts
  • Refuse Collection and Compaction Equipment
  • Receiving and Unloading Bulk Hazardous Liquids
  • Employers Responsibilities Where Workers Are Exposed to Toxic Substances
  • Reporting Amputations or In-Patient Hospitalizations
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Fall Protection
  • Material Hoists, Personnel Hoists, and Elevators
  • Steel Erection
  • Blasting and Use of Explosives
  • Power Transmission and Distribution

For more information, visit the Kentucky State Plan website.

Enforcement Programs

Kentucky OSH Compliance is responsible for the enforcement of its safety and health standards. Compliance officers inspect workplaces for hazardous conditions and issue citations where violations of regulations are found. Inspections may be the result of regular scheduling, imminent danger reports, fatalities, and worker complaints or referrals. More information on enforcement in Kentucky OSH can be found on the Kentucky State Plan website.

Voluntary and Cooperative Programs

Kentucky OSH offers voluntary and cooperative programs focused on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. It also offers on-site consultation services which help employers - both state and local government and private sector - comply with Kentucky OSH or OSHA standards and identify and correct potential safety and health hazards. For more information on these programs, please visit the Kentucky State Plan website.

Informal Conferences and Appeals

Employers, workers, and worker representatives have the right to contest citations issued by Kentucky OSH. When a citation is contested, the case is reviewed by the Review Commission. For more information on these proceedings, please visit the Kentucky State Plan website.

Contact Information

Kentucky Labor Cabinet
  • 1047 US HWY 127 South, Suite 4
  • Frankfort, KY 40601
  • (502) 564-0684
  • (502) 564-5387
  • Larry L. Roberts, Secretary
  • (502) 564-0684
  • Rocky Comito, Deputy Secretary
  • (502) 564-0684
  • (502) 564-5387

Department of Workplace Standards
  • Anthony Russell, Commissioner
  • (502) 564-3070
  • (502) 564-5387
  • Chuck Stribling, CSP, OSH Federal-State Coordinator
  • (502) 564-3070


OSHA makes every effort to ensure that this webpage is accurate and up-to-date; however, for the latest information please contact the State Plan directly.

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