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Occupational Health and Safety

Kentucky continues to have elevated numbers of fatal and nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses compared to overall U.S. rates. KIPRC is grounded in the belief that workplace injuries are preventable through the proper implementation of OSHA’s Hierarchy of Controls: elimination, substitution, engineering controls, administrative, and personal protective equipment. It is the goal of KIPRC's occupational safety and health programs to improve occupational injury morbidity and mortality; identify state-specific occupational health priorities and issues; inform work-related standards, regulations, and interventions; and advance usefulness of occupational injury surveillance data at federal, state, and local levels for prevention of occupational injuries and hazards.

Occupational Safety and HealthPrograms

The Kentucky Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program is an occupational fatality prevention and surveillance program of the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center at the University of Kentucky. Kentucky is one of seven FACE states currently funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The Kentucky FACE program has conducted surveillance of all occupational fatalities since 1994.

The Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance (KOSHS) expanded program consists of three integrated component programs: 1) KOSHS; 2) Occupational Health Indicators (OHIs); and 3) Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE).


Occupational Safety and HealthRecent Reports

Every year, thousands of Kentucky workers are injured or become ill as a result of health or safety hazards at work. Annually, the KOSHS program produces the Kentucky Occupational Health Indicators Report as an important part of monitoring occupational health and developing priorities for workplace injury and prevention. The occupational health indicators (OHIs) were developed collaboratively by…

The goal of KY FACE is to prevent fatal work injuries by studying the worker, work environment, energy exchange resulting in fatal injury, and the role of management, engineering, and behavioral changes in preventing future injuries. The 2021 FACE Annual Report provides descriptive analysis of occupational fatalities that occurred in the state of Kentucky in 2021, as well as summaries of 2021 KY…

The goal of KY FACE is to prevent fatal work injuries by studying the worker, work environment, energy exchange resulting in fatal injury, and the role of management, engineering, and behavioral changes in preventing future injuries. The 2021 FACE Annual Report provides descriptive analysis of occupational fatalities that occurred in the state of Kentucky in 2021, as well as summaries of 2021 KY…

his document describes the KIPRC data resources that are available to the public and how to submit a custom data request.

Severe weather is an ongoing risk to Kentucky workers. Eleven workers lost their lives to lightning, tornados, and floods while working in Kentucky from 1994 through 2020. In December 2021, eight Kentucky workers were killed when a tornado hit the factory where they were working.