The Kentucky OSHA poster has been updated with a poster change with new workplace injury and illness reporting requirements. Kentucky OSHA has imposed serious fines for those who do not comply with this poster change. This poster change has a recommended compliance date of December 20th, 2021.
What this Poster Change Entails
This poster change entails that employers must report to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health Compliance when an injury or death occurs at the workplace. Regarding a death, including a death by heart attack, the employer, the employer’s agent, or another employee has eight hours to report to OSHA about this incident. Regarding an injury, this poster change requires that the employer, the employer’s agent, or another employee has 72 hours to report to OSHA about this incident. Employees have a right to report a safety and health concern or report a work-related injury without being retaliated against.
Workplace Injuries that need to be Addressed
The OSHA poster change in Kentucky mentioned that a wide variety of major injuries need to be addressed if came across in the workplace. Work-related incidents resulting in the loss of an eye, an amputation, or the in-patient hospitalization of an employee, including hospitalization resulting from a heart attack, must be reported to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health Compliance within 72 hours.
With this poster change in place, if OSHA is not notified within these set times, or if this poster change is not updated employers could be subject to serious fines. Fines for these violations can be up to $7,000 per day and repeat violations can result in fines up to $70,000.