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Tennessee State Plan

Tennessee State Plan

Tennessee State Plan

Tennessee State Plan Website
  • Initial Approval: June 28, 1973
  • State Plan Certification: May 03, 1978
  • 18(e) Final Approval: July 22, 1985

Tennessee OSHA (TOSHA) is part of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, which is headed by the Commissioner. The central office is located in Nashville, Tennessee. There are also five other field offices locations in the state (Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Kingsport, and Jackson).


TOSHA exercises jurisdiction over all private sector and state and local government employers and workers within the state with the exception of: private sector maritime activities, railroad work (not otherwise regulated by another federal agency), work at Tennessee Valley Authority facilities, military bases, federal government workers, and the United Stated Postal Service.

Unique State Plan Standards and Regulations

State Plans must set workplace safety and health standards that are "at least as effective" as OSHA standards. State Plans may promulgate standards that are more stringent than the comparable federal standards or promulgate standards covering hazards not addressed by federal standards. TOSHA has adopted all OSHA standards and regulations applicable to private sector and state and local government employment with some modifications (visit the Tennessee State Plan website for more information). TOSHA has the following unique standard:

  • Toxic Chemicals and Handling
Enforcement Programs

TOSHA is responsible for the enforcement of its safety and health standards. Compliance officers inspect workplaces for hazardous conditions and issue citations where violations of regulations are found. Inspections may be the result of regular scheduling, imminent danger reports, fatalities, and worker complaints or referrals. For more information, visit the Tennessee State Plan website.

Voluntary and Cooperative Programs

TOSHA offers voluntary and cooperative programs focused on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. It also offers on-site consultation services which help employers - both state and local government and private sector - comply with TOSHA or OSHA standards and identify and correct potential safety and health hazards. For more information, visit the Tennessee State Plan website.

Informal Conferences and Appeals

Employers, workers, and worker representatives have the right to contest citations issued by TOSHA. The Tennessee OSH Review Commission hears and rules on appeals on citations issued by TOSHA. For more information on these proceedings, visit the Tennessee State Plan website.

Contact Information

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development
  • 220 French Landing Drive
  • Nashville, Tennessee 37243-1002
  • (615) 741-2793
  • (615) 741-3325
  • Burns Phillips, Commissioner
  • (615) 741-2582
  • Steve Hawkins, TOSHA Administrator
  • (615) 741-2793
  • Steve Hawkins


OSHA makes every effort to ensure that this webpage is accurate and up-to-date; however, for the latest information please contact the State Plan directly.

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