February 13, 2018

Worker Safety Watchdogs Warn- Kentucky Workers May be at Risk

Release No. SPR-18-0213-01

Sue Marchese
(703) 846-0742

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (February 13, 2018)- The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is calling on Kentucky State Senators to support worker safety in Kentucky by voting against passage of HB 314.

“We need the public to contact your Kentucky State Senators and urge them to oppose passage of HB 314 or simila​r legislation in the Senate. The safety of Kentucky workers across the board is at risk,” said Mark Ames, AIHA's Director of Government Relations. “Critical worker safety issues must be decided by a balanced panel of experts, not by a single political appointee.”

KY HB 314 threatens to reduce transparency and public input into worker safety and health regulations by taking power away from the Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board and placing it in the hands of the Labor Cabinet secretary.

The Labor Cabinet secretary chairs the Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, and is empowered to convene meetings of the Board as the secretary deems necessary. The Board has the authority to consider revisions, revocations, or modifications to safety and health rules, regulations, and standards. This existing jurisdiction and authority alone make this legislation unnecessary. The bill passed the Kentucky House yesterday, as of this writing there is no date for when it will be brought to the Senate.

For additional information, please contact Douglas W. Peters, CIH, CSP. Mr. Peters is a member of the AIHA Kentuckiana Local Section and President of Environmental Health Management. He can be reached at douglas.w.peters@ehmlou.com​ or (502) 454-8530.

About AIHA

Founded in 1939, AIHA® is a nonprofit organization serving professionals dedicated to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, control, and confirmation of environmental stressors in or arising from the workplace that may result in injury, illness, impairment, or affect the well-being of workers and members of the community. We provide comprehensive education programs and other products and services that help its members maintain the highest professional standards.

More than half of the nearly 8,500 members are Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIHs), and many hold other professional designations. AIHA serves as a resource for those employed in the industrial, consulting, academic, and government sectors. Learn more at www.aiha.org.