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The Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health (KYOSH) program, established in 1972 by the Kentucky General Assembly and approved in 1973 by the U.S. Department of Labor, maintains authority for occupational safety and health regulation enforcement, consultation, and standard promulgation for both private and public sector employers and employees.

Therefore, cities, utility districts, housing authorities, fire districts and other public sector employers fall within the jurisdiction of KYOSH regulation requirements. As an approved State Plan by the USDOL, the KYOSH program must enforce the Federal OSHA regulations at least as stringently as Federal OSHA; however, enforcement and promulgation of standards can become more stringent.

KYOSH regulations, which often impact cities and other public sector employers and employees include:

o 29 CFR 1904 Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Requirements
o 29 CFR 1910.95 Noise and Hearing Conservation
o 29 CFR 1910.132 Personal Protective Equipment
o 29 CFR 1910.134 Respiratory Protection
o 29 CFR 1910.146 Permit-Required Confined Spaces
o 29 CFR 1910.147 The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lock-Out/Tag-Out)
o 29 CFR 1910.1030 Bloodborne Pathogens
o 29 CFR 1910.1200 Hazard Communication
o 29 CFR 1910.21 Walking and Working Surfaces
o 29 CFR 1910.38 Emergency Action Plans
o 29 CFR 1910.101 Hazardous Materials
o 29 CFR 1910.242 Hand and Portable Powered Tools and Equipment
o 29 CFR 1910.301 Electrical
o 29 CFR 1910.1000 Toxic and Hazardous Substances
o 29 CFR 1926.650 Excavations (Including Trench Safety)

Establishing safety/health management systems within your city can not only increase compliance with OSHA requirements but also;
• Reduce the cost of workers’ compensation insurance by preventing occupational injuries and illnesses, lowering the city’s loss history.
• Increase productivity and quality since employees do not constantly have to be trained to replace the work of the experienced employee who becomes injured.
• Improve employee moral

In this period of financial hardship for cities, employee safety and health management systems are investments you can’t afford to miss.

The Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services provides compliance assistance to its insured members with these and other OSHA requirements. Safety audits, industrial hygiene exposure monitoring, and safety and health management reviews are some of the services provided by our Loss Control Department. For questions or additional assistance, please contact your Loss Control Representative or Brian Dickey, Director of Loss Control, at 800-876-4552.

 

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