North Carolina does not have its own ergonomics requirements for reducing musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace. Any regulatory agency response to injury or illness related to a musculoskeletal disorder may fall under the obligations of the federal General Duty Clause. Federal OSHA has developed voluntary ergonomics guidelines for nursing homes, retail grocery stores, and poultry processing and is in the process of issuing guidelines for several other industries.
California is the only state that has adopted its own ergonomics requirements.
In 2002, OSHA developed a comprehensive plan designed to reduce ergonomic injuries through a combination of industry-targeted guidelines, enforcement measures, workplace outreach, advanced research, and dedicated efforts to protect Hispanic and other immigrant workers. OSHA has also appointed ergonomics coordinators in each of the 10 OSHA regions to assist compliance officers in conducting inspections and documenting hazards associated with musculoskeletal disorders.