The plan identifies the Department of Labor and the Department of Health as the agencies designated to
administer the plan throughout the State. It adopts the definition of occupational safety and health issues expressed in 1902.2(c)(1) of this chapter.
All standards, except those found in 29 CFR Parts 1915, 1916, 1917, and 1918 (ship repairing, ship building, ship breaking and longshoring) will be
adopted and enforced immediately upon approval of the plan by the Assistant Secretary.
The plan includes legislation passed by the Tennessee Legislature during its 1972 session which
became effective July 1, 1972. Under the law, the Department of Labor and the Department of Public Health will have full authority to enforce and
administer laws respecting safety and health of employees in all workplaces of the State with the exception of employees of the United States or
employees protected under other Federal occupational safety and health laws such as the Atomic Energy Act of 1959 (42 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.), the
Federal Coal Mine Safety Act of 1969 (30 U.S.C. 801), the Federal Metal and Nonmetallic Mine Safety Act (30 U.S.C. 721 et seq.), railroad employees
covered by the Federal Safety Appliances Act (45 U.S.C. 1 et seq.) and the Federal Railroad Safety Act (45 U.S.C. 421 et seq.), the Longshoremen's and
Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, as amended (33 U.S.C. 901 et seq), domestic workers, and any employee engaged in agriculture who is employed on a
family farm. The Act further provides for the protection of employees from hazards, procedures for the development and promulgation of standards,
including standards for protection of employees against new and unforeseen hazards; procedures for prompt restraint or elimination of imminent danger
The Act also insures inspection in response to complaints; employer and employee representatives an
opportunity to accompany inspectors in order to aid inspections; notification of employees or their representative when no compliance action is taken
as a result of alleged violations, including informal review; notification of employees of their protections and obligations; adequate safeguards to
protect trade secrets; provisions for prompt notice to employers and employees of alleged violations of standards and abatement requirements; a system
of sanctions against employers for violations of standards; employer right of review with employee participation in review proceedings, and coverage
of employees of political subdivisions. Legislation which became effective on April 5, 1973, providing for "stop orders" for cases of imminent danger
situations is also included.
The plan further includes proposed amendments submitted by the State which will be presented to the
1974 session of the State legislature to bring its Occupational Safety and Health Act into conformity with the requirements of 29 CFR Part 1902. These
amendments pertain to such areas as permanent variances, employee protection against discharge or discrimination in terms and conditions of
employment, imminent danger situations, sanctions, and walkaround. A statement of the Governor's support for the proposed amendments and a statement
of legal opinion that they will meet the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and is consistent with the Constitution and
laws of the State are included in the plan.
The plan provides a comprehensive description of personnel employed under the State's merit system
and assurances of sufficient resources. The plan further sets out goals and provides a timetable to bring it into full conformity with the
requirements of Part 1902 of this chapter.
The Tennessee plan includes the following documents as of the date of approval:
The plan description documents including the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Act, the
proposed amendments to the Act and appendices in three (3) volumes;
Letter from Ben O. Gibbs, Commissioner of Labor to Henry J. Baker, Project Officer, Office of State
and Federal Operations, February 14, 1973, submitting additions and deletions to the plan.
Letter from Edward C. Nichols, Jr., Staff Attorney for the Department of Labor, to Henry Baker, May
30, 1973, submitting a "red tag" provision which was signed into law by the Governor of Tennessee on April 5, 1973.
Letter from Ben O. Gibbs, Commissioner of Labor and Eugene W. Fowinkle, Commissioner of Public
Health, to Thomas C. Brown, Director, Office of Federal and State Operations, June 15, 1973, submitting proposed amendments and clarifications to the
The public comments will also be available for inspection and copying with the plan documents.
[38 FR 17840, July 5, 1973, as amended at 50 FR 29669, July 22, 1985]