Safety and Health
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Kentucky is one of 21 states operating an approved occupational safety and health program. This program is operated by the Kentucky OSH Division.
n 1972, the Kentucky General Assembly adopted KRS Chapter 338, which established the Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Program. Its mission is to prevent any detriment to the safety and health of all employees, both public and private, arising out of exposure to harmful conditions and practices at places of work.
Kentucky OSH Division of Compliance's main objective is to ensure a safe and healthful workplace for the working men and women of the Commonwealth, by enforcing Kentucky's occupational safety and health standards, rules and regulations. The division's safety staff and industrial hygiene staff conduct general scheduled inspections, investigate accidents as well as employee complaints.
The OSH Division of Education and Training's mission is also to assure, as far as possible, every worker in the Commonwealth safe and healthful working conditions. This division pursues its objectives through offering employers and employees voluntary compliance assistance in the form of cost-free services such as on-site safety and health consultative surveys, training, technical assistance, publications, partnership programs, recognition programs and statistical services.
Occupational Safety and Health Regulations
State Consultation Program
One of the primary services provided by the Division of Education and Training is consultative safety and/or health industrial hygiene (health) surveys. A consultative survey is a courtesy inspection (workplace evaluation) conducted at the specific request of an employer or employer representative. The purpose of a survey is to encourage and assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees by identifying workplace hazards and violations of the Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Program standards. Surveys are conducted by the Division of Education and Training's occupational safety and health consultants.