The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) is responsible for ensuring workplace safety and health within the state. TOSHA operates under an agreement with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), allowing it to have its own set of regulations and standards specific to Tennessee.
Under the Tennessee state plan, TOSHA has jurisdiction over both private sector and public sector (state and local government) workplaces in the state. TOSHA enforces safety and health regulations to protect workers and prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.
TOSHA adopts many of the federal OSHA standards but may also have its own unique standards that are specific to Tennessee. These state-specific standards must be at least as effective as the federal standards. Employers in Tennessee are required to comply with these standards to ensure the safety and well-being of their employees.
TOSHA provides various services to employers and employees, including inspections, consultations, training programs, and outreach activities. Employers can request consultations from TOSHA to identify potential hazards in their workplaces and receive guidance on compliance with safety regulations.
Private-sector workplaces within the state of Tennessee are subject to the Tennessee State Plan, with the following exceptions:
1. Maritime employment, including shipyard employment, marine terminals, and longshoring. However, marine construction falls under the jurisdiction of TOSHA.
2. Contract workers and contractor-operated facilities engaged in United States Postal Service (USPS) mail operations.
3. Railroad employment that is not regulated by another federal agency.
4. Employment at Tennessee Valley Authority facilities and on military bases.
5. All working conditions of aircraft cabin crew members onboard aircraft in operation.
With the exception of the following unique standards, TOSHA (Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has adopted OSHA standards and regulations that are applicable to private sector and state and local government employment: