Unless a state has its own federally approved occupational safety and health law, workplace facilities are regulated principally by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). To be approved, the state law must be at least as strict as the federal law and certified by federal OSHA.
Kentucky has its own federally approved law, enforced by the Kentucky Department of Labor's Division of Occupational Safety and Health Compliance (KY OSH), that mandates the design, operation, conditions, and maintenance of workplace facilities.
In general, the state Act's standards are patterned after those of the federal OSHA. The state also has developed and adopted a number of its own standards (KY Rev. Stat. Sec. 338.011 et seq.).
Toilets. Toilets must be in a separate room from the workplace, and each toilet stall must occupy a separate compartment with walls or partitions between fixtures and be high enough to ensure privacy.
Places for expressing breast milk. While state statute allows mothers to express breast milk in any location they are authorized to be in, which can be construed to include the workplace, it does not specifically mention employers (KY Rev. Stat. Sec 211), However, employers may wish to set aside a private area with a lockable door, not a toilet stall, for those employees who wish to express milk during breaks.
Smoking. Kentucky does not have a law that restricts smoking in private workplaces. Smoking is restricted to designated indoor smoking areas or outside smoking areas in buildings owned and leased by the state. Some counties and municipalities prohibit the use of e-cigarettes where smoking of tobacco products is banned ...