Comparison: State vs. Federal
Tennessee is a “state-plan” state; that is, it has a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Consequently, both public and private sector employers are governed by state workplace safety and health rules. The state rules for agency inspections of employer workplaces mirror federal rules. The state has adopted rules for inspections by safety committees whereas there are no corresponding federal rules. Certain public sector workplaces must prepare written statements that describe their self-inspection programs. The state has adopted the private sector safety and health self-inspection requirements by reference.
See TABLE 1 for self-inspection safety inspections and TABLE 2 for state agency safety and hazardous materials inspection requirements. See the national section INSPECTIONS to review the federal inspection requirements.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) Division of Occupational Safety and Health (TOSHA) administers workplace safety and health rules, including inspections, for private and public sector workplaces. The Tennessee Department of Public Safety (DPS) enforces the hazardous materials regulations as they apply to motor carriers.