North Carolina has adopted by reference the federal rules for process safety management (PSM) of highly hazardous chemicals in general industry (13 NCAC 7F.0101). North Carolina employers are subject to state requirements that are identical to federal law.
The federal rule for PSM of highly hazardous chemicals is intended to prevent or minimize the consequences of a catastrophic release of toxic, reactive, flammable, or explosive chemicals from a process (29 CFR 1910.119). A process is any activity or combination of activities including any use, storage, manufacturing, handling, or the on-site movement of highly hazardous chemicals. The rule applies to a process that contains a threshold quantity or greater amount of a toxic or reactive chemical.
The Occupational Safety and Health Division (OSH) of the North Carolina Department of Labor is responsible for administering the Occupational Safety and Health Act.