On July 17, 2018, Kentucky Governor Matthew G. Bevin passed Executive Order 2018-586 abolishing the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board. The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board consisted of a thirteen-member body chaired by the Secretary of Labor. The Board was created to adopt and promulgate occupational safety and health rules, regulations, and standards for the Commonwealth.
As an Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)-Approved State Plan, Kentucky must set workplace safety and health standards that are at least as effective as OSHA standards. To ensure a more efficient means of altering Occupational Safety and Health regulations, the state of Kentucky enacted House Bill 314 during the 2018 legislative session. Under the law, the Secretary of the Labor Cabinet was given the power to suspend or delay administrative regulations based on the actions of the federal government relating to a corresponding federal regulation without the approval of the occupational Safety and Health Standards Board.
To inform employees of this reorganization, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet released a revised Safety and Health on the Job posting. The posting clarifies that the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board has been abolished and all duties of the board have been transferred to the Secretary of the Labor Cabinet. The posting date has been changed from December 2016 to February 2019. The Kentucky Labor Cabinet has also revised the Wage and Hour Laws, Child Labor Laws, and Discrimination Because of Sex postings. Unlike the Safety and Health on the Job posting, these postings have only been reformatted. The Kentucky Labor Cabinet contact information has also been updated.
Employers with a Kentucky All-On-OneTM Labor Law Poster can update their mandatory Safety and Health on the Job posting with the 2019 Kentucky Safety and Health on the Job Peel ‘N PostTM sticker. Employers may also choose to order the updated 2019 Kentucky All-On-OneTM Labor Law Poster.