Tennessee OSHA (TOSHA)
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TOSHA Recognition Programs
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Safety Awards and Recognition Programs are designed to stimulate interest in accident prevention and to promote safety. TOSHA offers the Commissioner’s Award, Governor’s Award, The Volunteer STAR Award, and the SHARP Program that commend employers for their safe work practices.
Volunteer STAR Recognition Program
Tennessee’s Voluntary Protection Program (also known as the Volunteer STAR Award) is designed to recognize and promote effective safety and health management.
The Volunteer STAR is patterned after the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and recognizes the best of the best in the area of safety and health programming and performance. Qualified candidates must demonstrate that they have performed in a manner that is below the national average for injury and illness rates in their industrial classification. They must also have all of the critical safety and health management system components in place and involve their employees in a manner that ensures total involvement in safety and health issues.
On average the Tennessee Volunteer STAR sites experience three-year Total Case Incident Rates (TCIR) 69.4% below their industry average and three-year Days Away, Restricted or Transferred Case Rates (DART) 72.1% below their industry average.
A certificate of recognition is awarded to the STAR recipient, as is a flag that can be flown at the site. The company is also permitted to use the Volunteer STAR logo on their correspondence and company documents. This recognition program includes an exemption from TOSHA Compliance programmed inspections for three years. This can be extended by successful continuation of the program requirements.
- Will My Program Qualify - A Self Assessment Checklist
- What to Expect from the On-site Review
- Current Tennessee STAR Sites
Benefits of the Volunteer STAR program
The following benefits have been cited by current Volunteer STAR participants:
- Improved employee motivation to work safely, leading to better quality and productivity
- Reduced workers' compensation costs
- Recognition in the community
- Improvement of programs that are already good, through the internal and external review that's part of the Volunteer STAR application process
- Volunteer STAR participant sites generally experience from 60 to 80 percent fewer lost workday injuries than would be expected of an "average" site of the same size in their industries
SHARPSafety and Health Achievement and Recognition Program
TOSHA’s Consultation Services offers the Safety and Health Achievement and Recognition Program (SHARP). SHARP recognizes employers who have developed exemplary safety and health management systems. TOSHA consultants form a partnership with the employer and employees and provide information and assistance on workplace hazards and implementation of safety and health management systems and programs.
Take the first step toward building long-term cooperative safety and health management in your workplace. The strength of the Consultation program is the opportunity it provides the employer to develop an effective safety and health program. Our experience indicates effective safety and health programs reduce injuries and illnesses in the workplace, improve employee morale, increase productivity, reduce operating expenses, and improve quality.
What Kinds of Business Should Be a SHARP?
SHARP is a similar program to the Tennessee STAR VPP, but is designed for smaller employers and provides assistance in developing and implementing effective safety and health programs. TOSHA consultants form a partnership with the employer and employees and provide information and assistance on workplace hazards and implementation of safety and health management systems and programs.
SHARP Award Benefits
Benefits include reduced injury and illness rates, decreased worker compensation costs, increased employee morale, and an exemption from programmed compliance inspections. The initial exemption period is 12 months, and subsequent exemption periods are up to 36 months. The participants also receive a plaque that recognizes their achievement.
- Have a Lost Workday Injury and Illness (LWDII) rate and Total Recordable Case Rate (TRCR) below the average for their industry
- Be a single, fixed worksite
- Have a minimum of one-year operating history
- Have an effective safety and health program in place
TOSHA Safety Awards
The Safety Awards Program is available to any manufacturing (NAICS 31-33) or construction (NAICS 23) firm located within the state of Tennessee. The facility must have a written Safety and Health Program in place.
- Willful safety or health violation
- Discrimination violation
- Uncorrected or contested serious violation
- Work-related fatality
Eligibility is determined on a site-by-site basis, and all information submitted shall be site-specific.
Eligibility is limited to one award during any calendar year.
Governor’s Award of Excellence
This award honors employers and their employees who together have achieved the required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost workday or restricted duty case at their establishments. Lost workday and restricted duty cases are listed in columns H and I of the OSHA form 300.
To qualify for the Governor's Award of Excellence an establishment must compile the following number of man-hours without a Lost Workday or Restricted Duty Incident:
|1 - 25 employees||50,000 man-hours|
|26 - 50 employees||100,000 man-hours|
|51 - 100 employees||200,000 man-hours|
|101 - 150 employees||300,000 man-hours|
|151 - 250 employees||500,000 man-hours|
|250 - 400 employees||800,000 man-hours|
|more than 400 employees||1 million man-hours|
This award honors employers and their employees, who together have achieved the required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost workday case and have maintained total injury and illness incidence rates below the national average. Lost workday cases are listed in column H of the OSHA form 300.
To qualify for the Commissioner's Award an establishment must compile the number of man-hours listed in the preceding table without a Lost Workday Incident. In addition the site's average Total Case Incident Rate (for the most recent three years) must be 10% or more below the most current national average Total Case Incident Rate for the industry-specific North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Industry specific Total Case Incident Rates can be found at www.bls.gov by searching for “Table 1. Incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by selected industries and case types, 2007”.