Workplace facilities are regulated principally by federal requirements (“standards”) established under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). The OSH Act governs much of the design, operation, and maintenance of workplace facilities, as these factors affect the safety and health of workers.
Tennessee is a “state plan” state; that is, it has its own state-enforced occupational safety and health law, the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Act (TOSH Act), which has been approved by federal OSHA and is similar in most respects to federal standards. Employers are required to maintain places of employment free from recognized hazards that are likely to cause harm to employees (TN Code Sec. 50-3-105).
Also, the state enforces several provisions of its right-to-know law in addition to the federal Hazard Communication Standard regulations (TN Code Sec. 50-3-102et seq., Sec. 50-3-2001et seq.).
The state Department of Labor offers health and safety compliance evaluations for employers. Go to http://state.tn.us
for information or call 800-249-8510.
An employer with one or more employees must make a good-faith effort to provide a room or location close to the work area, other than a toilet stall, where an employee can express breast milk in privacy (TN Code Sec. 50-1-305).
Employers of one or more individuals are covered under the Non-Smoker Protection Act, which prohibits smoking in public and private workplaces. However, private employers with three or fewer employees may allow smoking in an enclosed, separately vented room not open to the public. Outdoor workplaces and nonenclosed areas outside of buildings are exempt as long as smoke does not enter enclosed ...