Tennessee OSHA (TOSHA) is part of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development which is headed by the Commissioner. Its central office is located in Nashville, Tennessee. There are also five other field offices locations in the state (Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Kingsport, Jackson).
TOSHA exercises jurisdiction over all private and public sector employers and employees within the state with the exception of: 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 United Stated Postal Service (USPS).
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 and public sector employment with some modifications (visit the Tennessee State Plan website for more information). TOSHA has the following unique standard:
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.
TOSHA offers voluntary and cooperative programs focused on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. It also offers on-site consultation services which help employers — both public and private — comply with TOSHA or OSHA standards and identify and correct potential safety and health hazards. For more information, visit the Tennessee website.
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 website.
OSHA makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate and up to date, but changes in state law and procedures affecting the information on this page are beyond OSHA's control. Contact state program staff directly to verify important information.
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