Tennessee Safety and Health: What you need to know

OSHA's experience with its Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) has also shown that effective management of safety and health protection improves employee morale and productivity, and significantly reduces workers' compensation costs and other less obvious costs of work-related injuries and illnesses. In the VPP, OSHA partners with employers and employees to establish safety programs that go beyond the minimum requirements of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). According to OSHA, VPP sites generally experience 60 percent to 80 percent fewer lost workday injuries than equivalent sites in their industry. The VPP is designed to recognize and promote effective safety and health management. In the VPP, management, labor, and OSHA establish a cooperative relationship at a workplace that has implemented a strong safety and health program. The Tennessee VPP Safety Through Accountability and Recognition (STAR) program described in this section is based on OSHA's VPP.
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Health and safety in the private sector workplace are regulated in large part according to standards adopted under the OSH Act. Individual states may devise and administer their own work safety programs, but only with federal approval, and only if the state requirements are at least as strict as the corresponding federal standards.
Tennessee is a “state-plan” state, which means it operates its own occupational safety and health regulatory program that has been approved by the federal government. The state standards, which apply to both public and private sector workplaces, are substantially identical to those established by the federal government. The Tennessee Division of ...

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