North Carolina OSHA regulations & environmental compliance analysis

North Carolina OSHA: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina (OSHANC), General Statutes of North Carolina (N.C. Gen. Stat.) 95-126 et seq. and regulations at 13 North Carolina Administrative Code (NCAC) 7A.0101 to 7F.0716

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Covered employers: N.C. Gen. Stat. 95-127

Safety plans: N.C. Gen. Stat. 95-251 and regulations at 13 NCAC 7A.0603

Safety and health committee: N.C. Gen. Stat. 95-252 and regulations at 13 NCAC 7A.0601 to 7A.0607

Regulatory Agency

North Carolina Department of Labor (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Division (OSHD)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. North Carolina is among the "state plan" states, which means that it has received federal approval for its own workplace safety and health regulatory program. The state plan covers both public and private sector workplaces. North Carolina adopted most of the federal safety and health standards by reference and has added state-specific requirements for hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER) training, safety plans, and safety committees.

Administration and enforcement. OSHANC is administered and enforced by DOL.

State Requirements


OSHD performs the same regulatory and enforcement functions as federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and also provides consultation services to help employers comply with workplace safety and health rules.

Compliance Bureau. The bureau performs inspections based on complaints and targeted programs and issues monetary citations for serious violations of standards.

Agricultural Safety and Health Bureau. The ...

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