OSHA Training in Eastern Tennessee
The State of Tennessee operates an approved State Plan OSHA Program. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (TOSHA) plan was approved on July 5, 1973. The Tennessee plan was granted final approval and concurrent Federal enforcement authority was relinquished effective July 22, 1985.
Regulations and Standards
States must set job safety and health standards that are "at least as effective as" comparable federal standards. (Most States adopt standards identical to federal ones.) States have the option to promulgate standards covering hazards not addressed by federal standards.
Tennessee has a limited number of state-specific standards (or standards that were adopted with requirements different from those of federal OSHA). A list of these standards is provided below with a Web link for additional details.
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Standards for General Industry are the same as the Federal Standards with the following exceptions:
The Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development did not adopt the following federal occupational safety and health standards:
- 29 CFR 1910.1 Purpose and scope
- 29 CFR 1910.2 Definitions
- 29 CFR 1910.3 Petitions for the issuance, amendment, or repeal of a standard
- 29 CFR 1910.4 Amendments to this part
- 29 CFR 1910.15 Shipyard employment
- 29 CFR 1910.16 Longshoring and marine terminals
Note: In lieu of the current federal occupational safety and health standards codified in 29CFR 1910.1000, the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development adopts the standards limiting exposure to air contaminants as contained in subparagraph (b) of Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Rule 0800-1-1-.07(2). Any reference to 29 CFR 1910.1000 or any part of that standard will be a reference to Rule 0800-1-1-.07(2) (b).
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Standards for Construction are the same as the Federal Standard with the following exceptions:
The Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development does not adopt the following federal occupational safety and health standards:
- 29 CFR 1926.1 Purpose and scope
- 29 CFR 1926.2 Variances from safety and health standards
- 29 CFR 1926.3 Inspections - right of entry
- 29 CFR 1926.4 Rules of practice for administrative adjudications for enforcement of safety and health standards
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Standards for Agriculture are the same as the Federal Standard.
The Tennessee Right-to-Know Law provides additional requirements that substantially add to the Federal Hazard Communication standards contained in 29 CFR 1910.1200 and 29 CFR 1926.59.
The Tennessee standard for Bloodborne Pathogen also provides additional requirements that are not contained in the Federal Bloodborne Pathogen standard 29 CFR 1910.1030.
See the TOSHA rules on their website for specific requirements.
Safety and Health Enforcement Programs
The safety compliance section of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (TOSHA) is responsible for enforcement of the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1972 (Title 5, Chapter 3) with emphasis on employee exposures to physical hazards. Physical hazards include but are not limited to construction, machine hazards, walking and working surfaces, flammable and combustible liquids, trenching, motorized equipment, electrical, explosives, fire protection, compressed gases, welding and means of egress.
The state's Health Compliance Officers have been trained as industrial hygienists to evaluate workplaces for chemical, physical and biological hazards. They are involved with monitoring and analyzing occupational health conditions in the workplace to detect the extent of exposure and the engineering and other methods (work practices and personal protective equipment) needed to control these hazards.
Employers are required to report all workplace fatalities or catastrophes (three or more employees hospitalized from one incident) within 8 hours of occurrence. The toll free number is 1-800-249-8510.
The Tennessee plan exercises jurisdiction over all private and public sector employers and employees within the State except private sector maritime activities; railroad employment, not otherwise regulated by another Federal agency; employment at Tennessee Valley Authority facilities; military bases; Federal government employers and employees; and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).
Tennessee OSHA Information
TOSHA operates six area offices located strategically around the State of Tennessee. These offices include a central office in Nashville and six field offices located in Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Kingsport, Jackson and Nashville, TN. The central toll free number for TOSHA is 1-800-249-8510. Field offices located in the eastern portion of the state are:
TOSHA - Chattanooga
State Office Building
Suite 600 West
540 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37402
TOSHA - Knoxville
Tennessee Career Center, 2nd Floor
1610 University Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37921
TOSHA - Kingsport
1908 Bowater Drive
Kingsport, TN 37660
The National OSHA Emergency Hotline telephone number is 1-800-321-OSHA.
State of Tennessee OSHA Poster
OSHA Training Requirements for 1910 General Industry
OSHA Training Requirements for 1926 Construction
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