North Carolina Safety and Health laws & HR compliance analysis

North Carolina Safety and Health: What you need to know

Health and safety in the workplace are regulated in large part according to standards developed under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, a federal law. The law provides for individual states to devise and administer their own work safety 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. North Carolina has such a federally approved plan in effect.
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North Carolina offers a special recognition program for qualified employers that develop and implement exemplary safety and health programs. The Carolina Star Program is designed to recognize and promote outstanding, site-specific occupational safety and health systems. Facilities that meet Star criteria are publicly recognized and removed from DOSH routine scheduled inspection lists. DOSH may still investigate major accidents, valid formal employee complaints, and chemical spills.
The Star program is linked to federal Occupation Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). In the VPP, management, labor, and OSHA establish a cooperative relationship at a workplace that has implemented a strong safety and health program. Federal OSHA's experience in the VPP has also shown that effective management of safety and health protection improves employee morale and productivity, and significantly reduces workers' compensation costs and other less obvious costs of work-related injuries and illnesses.
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