2017 Tennessee Code
Title 50 - Employer and Employee
Chapter 6 - Workers' Compensation Law
Part 5 - Safe Employment Practices
§ 50-6-502. Rules governing committees -- Duties of committees -- Training -- Operation under collective bargaining agreement.
- (a) In carrying out § 50-6-501, the administrator of the workers' compensation bureau shall promulgate rules that include, but are not limited to, provisions:
- (1) Prescribing the membership of the committees to ensure equal numbers of hourly employees and employer representatives as well as specifying the frequency of meetings;
- (2) Requiring employers to make adequate written records of each meeting and to maintain the records subject to inspection by Tennessee occupational safety and health administration representatives; and
- (3) Requiring employers to compensate employee representatives on safety committees at the regular hourly wage while the employees are engaged in safety committee training or are attending safety committee meetings.
- (b) The duties and functions of the safety committee shall include, but are not limited to:
- (1) Assisting in establishing procedures for workplace safety inspections by the committee;
- (2) Assisting in establishing procedures for investigating all safety incidents, accidents, illnesses and deaths; and
- (3) Assisting in evaluating accident and illness prevention programs.
- (c) The employer shall provide training for safety committee members in their duties and responsibilities provided in subsection (b).
- (d) An employer operating under a collective bargaining agreement that contains provisions regulating the formation and operation of a safety committee that meets or exceeds the minimum requirements of this section and § 50-6-501 may apply to the administrator of the workers' compensation bureau for a determination that the employer meets the requirements of this section and § 50-6-501.
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