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 places of employment in the state, with the exception of: private sector maritime activities, Tennessee Valley Authority facilities, military personnel, the United States Postal Service (USPS), 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).
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.
General Industry State-Specific Requirements Regarding:
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For more information, visit the Kentucky State Plan website.
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.
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 public and private - 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.
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.
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