kentucky legislatureKENTUCKY (2/13/18) – The Kentucky House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a measure yesterday to ensure Kentucky OSHA rules and regulations are in-line with federal standards, and not creating two different layers of enforcement for employers.
“This is a critical piece of legislation to both employers and employees in major industries like aluminum, construction, and telecom that are responsible for thousands of jobs,” said Rep. James Allen Tipton, the sponsor of the bill. “Currently, Kentucky employers are subject to state and federal standards and it creates confusion and unnecessary double layers.”
Under House Bill 314, the Kentucky Secretary of Labor would have the ability to suspend state OSHA rules and regulations when they differ from federal requirements. As a law, Kentucky is forced to comply with federal standards automatically.
Within the last three years in Kentucky, three major rules have been implemented from federal OSHA standards that have caused major changes to the law. As a result, Kentucky standards currently are out of line with federal OSHA guidelines.
Tipton’s bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
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