“TOSHA SUFFERING FROM A LACK OF LEADERSHIP DURING THE CORONAVIRUS,”
SAYS TNDP CHAIRWOMAN MARY MANCINI

A report shows hundreds of hardworking Tennesseans are risking their lives and the lives of their families because the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) does not have clear workplace standards or guidelines for addressing COVID-19.

“The failure of Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) is a direct result of Governor Lee’s indecision and lack of leadership. He wasted over one-hundred and twenty days doing nothing to help the organization, employers, or employees stay safe. Now, Tennessee is one of eighteen states considered a coronavirus “hot spot” and a “red zone,” because statewide cases and hospitalizations are surging.

For the critical months at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Bill Lee followed President Donald Trump’s lead by downplaying the danger of the Covid-19 pandemic, making weak suggestions with no enforcement mechanism or accountability, and confusing Tennesseans as to whether or not to take the pandemic seriously. Now, complaints are pouring in to TOSHA from employees who feel unsafe because their employers are not telling them if they have been exposed, not requiring social distancing, not providing protective equipment, not allowing them to take time off to get tested, and not giving them the time to quarantine after getting tested.

Tennesseans needed serious help from a serious leader months ago. We didn’t get it and now workers, families, and the economy are suffering.” – Mary Mancini, TNDP Chairwoman

BACKGROUND

“Despite hundreds of worker complaints, TOSHA lacks specific COVID-19 standards, ability to issue citations.” Tennessean, July 20, 2020

“State Data and Policy Actions to Address Coronavirus,” Kaiser Family Foundation