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Kentucky 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.
Division of Compliance
The Division of OSH Compliance is responsible for the enforcement of Kentucky's OSH standards. Safety compliance officers and industrial hygienists inspect workplaces to assure there are no hazardous conditions which would threaten the health or safety of employees. If such conditions are found, compliance officers may recommend citations. Inspections may be the result of random scheduling, report of imminent danger, report of an accident or fatality, employee complaint, or referral.
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.
OSH Standards Board
The Standards Board is a thirteen (13) member body chaired by the Secretary of Labor. The remaining twelve (12) members are appointed by the Governor to equally represent labor, the safety and health profession, management, and agriculture. Meeting at least once each year, the Standards Board is empowered to adopt, amend, or revoking OSH regulations. Notices of all meetings are advertised in newspapers throughout the state. All Board meetings are open to the public.
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.
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 Posters
Click the links below to open the PDF files which you may print and use free of charge.

Also, there may be Federal posters your company is required to post. Please check the US DOL website here for those posters that may apply.

In addition to the Labor Cabinet posters, there are also two other mandatory posters for employers within the Commonwealth. The Kentucky Equal Employment Opportunity poster is provided courtesy of the KY Commission of Human Rights. The Unemployment Insurance Benefits poster is provided by the Office of Employment and Training.

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Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Program
1047 U.S. Highway 127 South, Suite 4
Frankfort KY  40601
Phone: (502) 564-3070
Fax: (502) 696-1902

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