Workplace Regulations & Compliance
The Amusement Device, Boiler and Elevator Units protect the general public, owners, operators, users, and their employees from the potential hazards inherent to the operation of boilers, pressure vessels, elevators, aerial tramways, chairlifts, escalators, dumbwaiters, moving walks, and amusement devices. More than 66,000 boiler and pressure vessels are inspected annually or biennially by state and insurance inspectors. More than 22,000 elevator inspections are performed by state inspectors annually. Generally, boilers are inspected every six (6) months, pressure vessels are inspected every two (2) years and elevators are inspected every six (6) months. The Amusement Device Unit ensures annual amusement device permits are obtained. Qualified 3rd party inspectors are required to inspect fixed and portable devices throughout Tennessee at least annually.
The Labor Standards Unit enforces six (6) labor laws (Child Labor Act, Wage Regulations Act, Prevailing Wage Act, Illegal Alien Act, Tennessee Lawful Employment Act, and the Non-Smoker Protection Act). Every year the unit conducts child-labor and non-smoker protection inspections, processes claims for unpaid wages, and performs on-site prevailing wage inspections on state-funded highway construction projects to ensure workers are correctly paid. The unit also receives complaints from local, state and federal agencies if there are allegations of unlawful hiring practices related to illegal aliens and whether workers are lawfully authorized to work.
The Mine Safety Unit provides an average of 16 mine health and safety training classes per month for underground and surface miners, is responsible for maintaining and training two mine rescue teams for response to mine emergencies, issues mine foreman certifications, and licenses mines to operate.
All units ensure visitors and citizens of Tennessee and/or the general public are safe from harm.
The responsibility of the Boiler Unit is to protect Tennessee’s citizens from potential hazards involved in the operation of boilers and pressure vessels. The three categories of commercial (business, industry, etc.) vessels inspected in Tennessee are high pressure, low pressure and unfired vessels.