OSHA Kentucky Certification
OSHA regulations keep you and those around you safe at work. To clarify the requirements in Kentucky and on the federal level, we’re going to go over Kentucky’s state plan, what that means for employees and employers, the importance of safety training, and where you can get your OSHA Kentucky training.
Occupational Safety and Health Jurisdiction in Kentucky
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) allows states to assume their own occupational safety and health responsibilities as long as they're "at least as effective" as the federal program.
Kentucky has an official state plan that covers all state and local government workers in Kentucky, as well as most private sector workers.
Kentucky's occupational health and safety standards include standards unique to the state, OSHA standards altered by state-specific provisions, and OSHA standards adopted as-is.
The state plan is enforced by Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health (Kentucky OSH) Division of Compliance. They conduct inspections, issue citations, investigate accidents, and process complaints. Kentucky OSH standards are adopted, modified, or repealed by the Kentucky OSH Board. Both bodies are part of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet.
A small number of Kentuckians remain under federal OSHA jurisdiction, instead. Specifically:
- Federal employment
- The U.S. Postal Service plus private contractor-operated facilities engaged by USPS
- Maritime operations (ie, shipyards, marine terminals, longshoring)
- Employment at Tennessee Valley Authority facilities, military bases, and other properties ceded to the federal government
- Certain agricultural employees and operations
- Working conditions of aircraft cabin crewmembers onboard aircraft in operation
- Any hazard, industry, area, operation, or facility where the State Plan is unable to effectively exercise jurisdiction
OSHA Kentucky Training Requirements
Since Kentucky's standards are a mishmash of state-specific creations and federal adoptions, employers need to be careful when selecting occupational safety and health training programs.
Federal OSHA requires training on specific safety standards that apply to your job functions. Anyone under federal jurisdiction should follow these training requirements in their entirety.
But most Kentucky employers are under the Commonwealth of Kentucky's jurisdiction.
In cases where Kentucky OSH has adopted the federal guidelines, training requirements will be the same regardless of jurisdiction. That includes anything in 803 Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR) Chapter 2 that references "29 CFR" (where OSHA regulations live in the federal code).
In cases where Kentucky OSH adopted unique standards, training requirements and content will be state-specific. Luckily, Kentucky publishes an unofficial document that contains only the Kentucky-specific regulations for General Industry and Construction standards.
Federal OSHA also has Outreach courses (sometimes referred to as "DOL cards") that cover common requirements for your industry. Even though OSHA doesn't require OSHA Outreach training, some employers might. In that case, you’ll either need an OSHA 10-Hour course for entry-level workers or an OSHA 30-Hour course for supervisors.
Benefits of OSHA Kentucky Training
First and foremost, OSHA’s goal with safety training is to reduce workplace injury, accidents, and fatality rates. But safety training is really a two-for-one deal! When Kentucky employers invest in OSHA training, they can expect to avoid OSHA inspection penalties, lower their workers’ compensation costs, and increase jobsite productivity – leading to more revenue.
If that isn’t compelling enough, look at these statistics from OSHA, the Department of Labor, and other Kentucky agencies.
Fatal Occupational Injuries in Kentucky
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were a total of 70 fatal occupational injuries in Kentucky in 2017, while nationally there were 5,147 fatal occupational injuries.
Of the 70 fatalities:
- 28 were the result of transportation incidents
- 12 were the result of falls, slips, and trips
- 12 were the result of contact with objects and equipment
- 8 were the result of violence and other injuries by persons or animals
- 7 were the result of exposure to harmful substances or environments
The industries with the greatest number of fatalities were:
- 18 in agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting
- 11 in construction
- 10 in transportation and warehousing
2019 Top OSHA Enforcement Cases in Kentucky
As you can see, Kentucky workers, especially those in construction, are at a high risk for injuries and accidents. But workers aren’t the only ones at risk for loss; employers can use OSHA training to reduce their risk of enforcement penalties from an OSHA inspection.
While the federal OSHA website lists the top enforcement cases by state on their website, here is a quick glimpse at the top Kentucky cases for 2019.
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|State||Inspection Number||Employer||City||Issuance Date||Initial Penalty|
|KY||1345197.015||Logan Aluminum, Inc.||RUSSELLVILLE||02/19/2019||$40,700.00|
|KY||1337642.015||Stupp Bros., Inc.||RICHARDSVILLE||01/11/2019||$41,400.00|
|KY||1356183.015||Edwards Communities Construction Company, LLC||LOUISVILLE||04/24/2019||$78,600.00|
|KY||1356181.015||TSP Acquisition, LLC dba Tri State Plating, Inc.||LOUISVILLE||04/18/2019||$53,200.00|
|KY||1375750.015||TRIFECTA VENTURES LLC||WINDY||07/25/2019||$88,000.00|
|KY||1387862.015||BAPTIST HEALTHCARE SYSTEM INC||PADUCAH||09/13/2019||$49,000.00|
|KY||1393443.015||Phillips Brothers Construction, LLC||FORT KNOX||09/23/2019||$102,856.00|
Federal and State OSHA Offices in Kentucky
Since Kentucky employers and workers are divided up into federal and state jurisdiction, there are separate local area offices for state and federal OSHA.
The local area office for federal OSHA is in Nashville. They handle anyone under federal jurisdiction, including federal workers, Tennessee Valley Authority facilities, military personnel, the USPS and its private contractors, and private-sector maritime activities. Issues of field sanitation and temporary labor camps in agriculture are also under their purview.
All other workplaces should contact Kentucky's state plan office in Frankfort, including state and local government agencies and authorities.
You can find the most up-to-date contact information for either type of Kentucky OSHA office on OSHA's website.
Additional Kentucky Resources for Safety Information
In addition to the information we have provided, you can visit additional Kentucky state agency and association websites for more information on safety resources.
Commonwealth of Kentucky Labor Cabinet: The Labor Cabinet ensures that each division is enforcing the law to maintain the safety of the Kentucky workforce.
Kentucky Department of Workers' Claims (DWC): The DWC manages the state’s workers’ compensation program and provides valuable information to workers to educate them on their rights.
The Department of Workplace Standards: This department administers a variety of divisions, including wage and hour and occupational safety and health.
Enroll Now in OSHA Kentucky Training Courses
Now that you understand how important OSHA Kentucky safety training is, all that’s left for you to do is sign up for your course!
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