Industrial Safety and Health Division

The Kansas Department of Labor Industrial Safety and Health Division (ISH) is responsible for identifying safety hazards and helping Kansas businesses and public sector entities eliminate unsafe practices. The division promotes programs throughout the state designed to help Kansas workers avoid on-the-job injuries and provide a safe working environment.

These are basic safety and health rules for most employers in Kansas. Make your workplace safer and healthier by following these rules:

  1. Build a safety program
  2. Display the required workplace posters
  3. Find other programs that apply to your workplace like:
    1. Rules requiring training or written plans
    2. Additional program requirements
  4. Get required certifications and licenses
  5. Request assistance, if needed, from Kansas Department of Labor
  6. Get more information to help you with the basics, or find other rules that apply to your workplace, at the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)

Some important OSHA resources for establishing a safe workplace include: 

The Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) can provide your company with a FREE safety and health consultation. More than 1,200 employers request our consultations every year.

Our goal is to help you develop a safe work environment. The confidential process involves a walk-through safety evaluation of your business, report, and a follow up visit. We provide:

  • Advice from skilled consultants
  • Assistance with developing a safety program
  • Safety and health training

Using the free consultation program, employers can find out about potential hazards at their worksites and improve safety and health management practices. The program a business investment designed to meet the needs of smaller businesses. Keep in mind improved safety can increase production, decrease work comp premiums and help your overall bottom line. It's also confidential, so your name, your firm's name and any information about your workplace will not be reported to anyone outside your company.

Note: You can't be fined by a consultant. You are required to correct safety hazards, but there are no financial penalties.

For more information, review the Consultation Program Brochure (K-ISH 100) or contact Meriam Thompson. 

Meriam Thompson, Consultation Project Manager
Meriam.Thompson@ks.gov

417 SW Jackson St
Topeka, KS 66603-3327

For information on how to apply for a FREE Safety consultation, watch the tutorial below.

After completing the On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Application (K-ISH 600) below, e-mail it to Meriam.Thompson@ks.gov.

Meet the Safety and Health Consultants

  • Allen Vinyard, CSP, Director
  • Meriam Thompson, Consultation Project Manager
  • Trent Alexander, Safety Consultant
  • Ray Rutherford, Amusement Ride Auditor/Ergonomics Consultant
  • Shelly Briley, SHARP Coordinator
  • Gary Schilowsky, Safety Consultant
  • Tim Cruz, Public Sector Supervisor
  • Mindy Prichard, ASP, Safety Consultant
  • Shane Etzold, CSP, Safety Consultant
  • Brad Honas, Industrial Hygienist
  • Laurie Wolfe, Safety Consultant/Ergonomics Consultant
  • Tito Delvalle, Safety Consultant
  • Paul Maness, Safety Consultant
  • Henry Zulian, Safety Consultant
  • Bryan Middleton, Safety and Health Consultant

Kansas Department of Labor
Industrial Safety and Health Division

kdol.indsafetyhealth@ks.gov

417 SW Jackson St
Topeka, KS 66603-3327

Allen Vinyard, Director
Allen.Vinyard@ks.gov

417 SW Jackson St
Topeka, KS 66603-3327

Dena Ackors, Administrative Officer
Dena.Ackors@ks.gov

417 SW Jackson St
Topeka, KS 66603-3327