Tennessee Hazard Communication laws & safety compliance analysis

Tennessee Hazard Communication : What you need to know

Comparison: State vs. Federal

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 sections MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET for state-specific MSDS requirements.

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Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Division of Occupational Safety and Health (TOSHA) enforces all occupational safety and health rules in private and public sector workplaces, including all worker right-to-know requirements.

State Requirements
SIGNS AND PLACARDS
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 required to work with a hazardous chemical from an unlabeled container or in an unmarked work area containing a hazardous substance produced as a result of the process or operation, except for chemicals transferred into portable containers for immediate use.

TRAINING AND INFORMATION
Rule 0800-01-09-.07

Refresher training. Employees must receive refresher hazard communication training annually.

Training effectiveness. Employers must ensure that employees who may be functionally illiterate or who have problems reading and understanding English are ...


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