North Carolina OSHA laws & HR compliance analysis

North Carolina OSHA: What you need to know

Under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) , individual states may devise and administer their own laws and regulations, but only with federal approval and only if the applicable state requirements are at least as stringent as the corresponding federal standards.
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North Carolina is among the “state-plan” states, which means that it has received federal approval for its state plan, called the Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 95-126et seq.). The state regulatory program covers both public (state and local governments) and private (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) sector workplaces. North Carolina adopted most of the federal safety and health standards by reference and has added several state-specific requirements that are stricter than federal requirements, including forklifts, material handling, and hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER) training. The state rules are administered and enforced by the North Carolina Department of Labor's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH).
Forklifts and material handling. Additional state rules include the requirement for safety signs and training employees how to select the proper material-handling device for a specific task.
HAZWOPER training. North Carolina has additional training requirements for the first responder operations plus level (those who respond to vehicle fuel tank leaks).
Employers with a poor safety record, as evidenced by workers' compensation experience modification rate of 1.5 or above, must implement a written workplace safety and health ...

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