Because the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration permits all states to take on responsibility for their own Occupational Safety and Health programs, Tennessee enforces its own Official State Plan, which covers workers employed by the state, local, and numerous private sector employers.

Tennessee OSHA Training Requirements You Should Know

The Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) is responsible for overseeing and enforcing all facility-specific requirements that fall under its authority.

The State Plan also has its own General Industry Standards that are distinct from OSHA while yet incorporating OSHA Regulations:

  • Smoking in the Workplace
  • Firefighter Protection
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Sharps Injury Prevention
  • Hazard Communication
  • Toxic Chemicals and Handling

Additionally, while incorporating OSHA regulations, the State Plan has its own General Industry Standards that are separate from OSHA:

Using tobacco products at work
Firefighter Safety
Electricity Risks
Injury Prevention by Sharps
Safeguarding Information
Handling of Toxic Chemicals

OSHA urges workers in supervisory positions to take OSHA 30 Hour courses and workers in entry-level positions to attend OSHA 10 Hour courses in order to earn their DOL cards since their specific safety rules are applied to a variety of occupational operations for Tennesseans. Employees that have completed their OSHA training are generally preferred by employers.

The following group of employees are still covered by federal OSHA’s jurisdiction in Tennessee:

  • Federal employment
  • The U.S. Postal Service plus private contractor-operated facilities engaged by USPS
  • Maritime employment EXCEPT for marine construction, which TOSHA covers
  • Railroad employment (not otherwise regulated by another federal agency)
  • Employment on military bases and at Tennessee Valley Authority facilities
  • Working conditions of cabin crew on board an aircraft that is in operation
  • Any hazard, industry, area, operation, or facility where the State Plan is unable to exercise jurisdiction effectively

Benefits Of Taking OSHA Safety Training For Workers In Tennessee

By providing a thorough review of site safety issues, OSHA’s primary goal is to reduce the amount of fatalities and accidents that occur in most industrial facilities, but there are other benefits as well, such as

a reduction in lost workdays and medical compensation costs.
OSHA inspections’ severe fines are avoided, and
a decrease in product losses and equipment damage.