Last month, the Labor Cabinet conducted 15 free on-site visits, or “consultative surveys,” for employers across Kentucky. As a result of these surveys, employers corrected 73 serious violations that could have affected up to 1,905 employees and resulted in enforcement penalties of up to $511,000.
The Labor Cabinet’s Division of Occupational Safety & Health Education & Trainingleads the Cabinet’s proactive efforts to create safe and healthful workplace conditions through an initiative called KY Safe. This includes providing free consultative surveys to employers in an effort to increase workplace safety by improving injury and illness rates. Employers who make use of the Division’s consultative surveys do not face penalties unless violations are not corrected.
Employers and employees all across Kentucky and the nation also have access to cost-free safety and health eLearning programs on the Labor Cabinet’s eTrain website. The Division also offers cost-free Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training courses, or “Population Center Training” throughout the state. Proactive approaches to workplace safety, like the ones developed by the Cabinet’s education and training team, are proven methods that reduce workplace injuries and can help employers from paying increased workers’ compensation premiums.
In addition to consultative surveys and OSHA training, cost-free assistance from the Division consists of publications, required workplace posters, and information on injury/illness recordkeeping requirements. The Division 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.
According to a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Kentucky employers recorded the lowest incident rate for nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in the state’s history last year.
Additional information is available at https://labor.ky.gov/Pages/index.aspx.