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State of Tennessee Real Estate Asset Management Division

State of Tennessee Real Estate Asset Management Safety Plan

Promote a safety culture by increasing the understanding of safety and emergency practices through awareness, information and instruction.

To provide quality facility services by establishing workplace safety principles through applicable laws, policies, standards and regulations to assure compliance performance every time.

Safety Policy

It is the policy of the division of State of Tennessee Real Estate Asset Management to maintain facilities for tenants, visitors, and contractors that will not adversely affect their health and safety, nor subject them to avoidable risks of accidental injury.  In addition, the goal of the management team is to safeguard the health and safety of the division of State of Tennessee Real Estate Asset Management employees.  It is recognized that all workers have a fundamental right to a workplace that neither impairs their health or safety.

  1. Maintain ongoing programs at all levels to identify personal health and safety risks.  The management staff shall insure that all employees clearly understand all facets of the health and safety programs and policies that directly affect them and their duties.
  2. Control and reduce personal exposure to all known or clearly suspected occupational health and safety risks and attempt to eliminate hazards as quickly as governmental regulations, technology and economic feasibility allow.
  3. Provide incentive programs to encourage employees to identify, control, and eliminate occupational health and safety risks.
  4. Conduct continuing education on occupational and health and safety concerns.
  5. Plan, design, and construct all work locations to provide the safest and healthiest working environment possible.
  6. Recognize that despite every effort the division makes, the basic responsibility for employee health and safety rests with the individual. It is a condition of employment for all employees to conduct their work in a safe and healthy manner.


General Services Annual Fire/Safety Warden Training will open with keynote Speaker, Captain Mark Proctor.

The presentation will begin with a segment on workplace intrusion presented by Captain Mark Proctor, Commander of the State of Tennessee Executive Protective Services for the Governor; which will follow with James (Jim) Milliken, the Assistant Director of Nursing with the Tennessee Department of Health Clinical Services and Disease Management will present on medical distress; the seminar will conclude with Jimmy Sanders with the Fire Prevention Division-Codes Enforcement Section and he will speak on the most frequently ask questions in regards to fire exit and egress for high rise buildings. Shuttle Services provided by Motor Vehicle Management.


Emergency Evacuation Drills 

Johnny Poff, a State of Tennessee Fire Safety Instructor conducted an emergency drill training session for fire wardens at the Tennessee Tower complex. Mr. Poff spoke to the fire wardens on the importance of preparing emergency strategies to ensure safe building departure to a pre-designated assembly area for the employees and customers of the State of Tennessee.

TN Tower Pre-Evacuation Training Session Photo

Evacuation Drill Photos (pptx)

Surviving the Storm Seminar with Lisa Spencer, Chief Meteorologist for WSMV Channel 4 News
Lisa Spencer, Chief Meteorologist for Channel 4 News conducted weather preparedness’ presentation for the Nashville fire and safety wardens.  She provided an overview on Tennessee weather risk, extreme weather risk mitigation, actions to avoid in a weather emergency, and best practice actions to take to increase opportunities in surviving a severe weather emergency and the importance of pre-planning weather drills.


STREAM Training

STREAM Safety Environmental Compliance was invited by the TOSHA Safety Council to serve as guest speaker for their fall training seminar.  The attendees were State of Tennessee HR/Safety personnel and the topic overview was on emergency action planning and fire safety awareness.    The presentation provided an overview of the standards and laws that governs entities on regulations to prevent or reduce fire loss.  

The course overview provided information on fire stopping, fire alarm system, sprinkler systems, portable fire extinguishers, standpipes, and occupant response.  The audience gained understanding of storage of combustible materials and controlling sources of ignition.   The OSHA Emergency Action Plan requirement overview providing instruction on preparing written notification of means of reporting fire, emergency procedures and escapes routes, procedures to be followed by employees who remain for critical operations, rescue and medical attention and contact information for emergency work task.

Titled-TOSHA Safety Council Fall Seminar

Collaboration with DGS fire wardens is important for a safety program to maintain compliance with local, state and federal fire safety legislation. Periodic fire drills are required in state complexes to ensure rapid evacuation to a pre-designated place of safety for all employees, visitors and contractors. Fire drill exercises serve as a learning component for all tenants' as a reminder of fire exit routes, the sound of the alarm, and safe assembly points. In order to ensure that the tenants rapidly evacuate to a place of safety; pictured in the below photo are several of the responsible staff that serve as DGS fire wardens. Pictured in photo: Daniel Leeson, Brian Hawkins, William Kincaid, Jeffrey Holt, Timothy Butler, David Wedekind, Clyde Hicks, Mike Berry, and Jeremy McBride

Tornado Simulation Training

Safety and fire wardens housed at downtown Nashville complexes from various state agencies attended a realistic simulation demonstration of severe weather inside a mobile trailer exhibit provided by the Nashville Metro Fire Education Department during the Department of General Services (DGS) weather preparedness seminar.

Assistant Fire Marshall Captain Maggie Lawrence led the instruction. Captain Lawrence has worked with DGS on several training initiatives; the tornado simulation provided a realistic demonstration of rigorous weather, including thunder and lightning, and a tornado effect inside the display.

DGS Motor Vehicle Equipment and Management (MVM) division provided shuttle services for the participants. Bruce Moore orchestrated the shuttle services for the state partners that traveled from our downtown state buildings to the event site at Metro Center.

John Lawrence and Victor Vaughn with MVM noted that their collaboration allowed our safety/fire wardens an opportunity to gain a reminder of the importance of developing a shelter safe place and the significance of developing an emergency action plan.

DGS-HR and DGS-Safety collaborate on emergency planning for new employee on-boarding.

DGS Safety conducted a training overview on emergency preparedness for DGS fire/safety wardens. The topic overview was on emergency action planning and fire safety awareness as well as preparing emergency strategies to ensure safe building departure to a pre-designated assembly area for employees, contractors and visitors.

The presentation also provided an overview of the standards and laws that governs entities on regulations to prevent or reduce fire loss; the speakers for the event were Pamela Fitzpatrick (DGS Safety Manager) and Christopher Bainbridge (Director Codes Enforcement-Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office). DGS-HR personnel attended the event to continue their collaboration in providing key components to new hires on emergency preparedness during on boarding.

LaWanda Graham<Mobile Unit Photo

Pictured-Vince Barnes (DGS-HR Director) and LaWanda Graham (DGS-Benefits Coordinator)