Workplace Regulations & Compliance
The Division of Workplace Regulations and Compliance (WRC) oversees a diverse set of programs including: Amusement Device Unit, Boiler Unit, Elevator Unit, Labor Standards Unit, and Mine Safety Unit.
The objectives of these compliance programs are to protect employees and keep the public safe by ensuring that unsafe conditions and potential hazards involved in the operation of boilers, elevators, and amusement devices are abated.
The Labor Standards Unit enforces the Child Labor Act, the Non-Smoker Protection Act, the Illegal Alien Employment Act, Tennessee Lawful Employment Act, Wage Regulations Act, and the Prevailing Wage Act. Also, WRC conducts training for the employers on the requirements of these labor laws as to their responsibilities when hiring and employing workers.
The Mine Safety Unit provides federal and state mandated health and safety training to workers in coal mines, metal mines, sand and gravel pits, and crushed stone quarries; issues mine foreman certifications; and licenses coal/metal mines (surface and underground) to operate.
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.