Tennessee Hazard Communication regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Tennessee Hazard Communication: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Tennessee Hazardous Chemical Right-to-Know Law, Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 50-3-2001 et seq., and regulations at Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee (Rule) 0800-01-09-.01 to 0800-01-09-.20

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Signs and placards: Rule 0800-01-09-.06

Training and information: Rule 0800-01-09-.07

Workplace chemical lists (WCLs): TCA 50-3-2015

Regulatory Agency

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Division of Occupational Safety and Health (TOSHA)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

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.

State Requirements


Rule 0800-01-09-.06

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 ...

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