Governing Law and Regulations
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Division of Occupational Safety and Health (TOSHA)
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) governs private (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) and public (state, county, and local agencies and governments) sector employers in the state. The state has adopted the worker right-to-know standards of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), and has also adopted its own rules that are stricter than federal rules for safety data sheets (SDSs), signs and placards, training of employees, and workplace chemical lists (WCLs). See the state section MSDS/SDS for state-specific MSDS requirements.
• Administration and enforcement. TOSHA enforces all occupational safety and health rules in private and public sector workplaces, including all worker right-to-know requirements.
SIGNS AND PLACARDS
Employers must ensure that work areas in which noncontainerized hazardous chemicals are generated or produced as a result of the process or operation (e.g., welding fumes) contain a sign or placard identifying the hazardous chemical(s) and appropriate hazard warnings.
Employees are not ...