Governing Law and Regulations
Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1972 (TN OSH Act), Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 50-3-101 to 50-3-2019, and regulations at Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee (Rule) 0800-01-01-.01 to 0800-01-01-.07 (private sector general industry) and Rule 0800-01-05-.01 to 0800-01-05-.18 (public sector general industry)
Tennessee Hazardous Chemical Right-to-Know, TCA 50-3-2001 to 50-3-2019 and Rule 0800-01-09-.01 to 0800-01-09-.20
Employer defined: TCA 50-3-103, TCA 50-3-104, and Rule 0800-01-05-.02
Permissible exposure limits (PELs): Rule 0800-01-01-.07
Public sector employers:
Local government compliance: TCA 50-3-910
Injury and illness recordkeeping partial exemption: Rule 0800-01-05-.05
Safety committee: TCA 50-6-501 et seq. and Rule 0800-02-03-.01 to 0800-02-03-.14
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) Division of Occupational Safety and Health (TOSHA)
DOLWD Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Tennessee is a "state-plan" state; that is, it has a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Consequently, both public (state, county, and local agencies and governments) and private (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) sector employers are governed by the TN OSH Act. The state has adopted the federal occupational safety and health rules by reference, with additional requirements for hazard communication and permissible exposure limits (PELs) that are stricter than federal standards. For more information about state hazard ...