North Carolina Safety Plans laws & safety compliance analysis

North Carolina Safety Plans: What you need to know

North Carolina has adopted the federal requirements for written safety plans for specific activities (e.g., bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan, hazard communication plan) and for specific hazardous substances in both private and public sector workplaces.

North Carolina rules require a written safety and health program for certain high-hazard employers under the workers’ compensation rules.

The NC Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Division administers and enforces workplace safety and health rules in both public and private sector workplaces and the written safety and health program requirements.

N.C. Gen. Stat. 95-251 and 13 NCAC 07A.0603

Employers with 11 or more employees and a workers’ compensation experience modification rate of 1.5 or above must implement a written workplace safety and health program.

General Methods and Procedures
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The workplace safety and health program must include methods and procedures for:

  • Identifying, evaluating, and documenting safety and health hazards
  • Correcting safety and health hazards identified
  • Investigating workplace accidents and incidents
  • Providing medical services, including first aid and emergency medical care
  • Employee participation in the program
  • Communicating program contents to employees
  • Establishing management commitment and involvement in the program
  • Maintaining written programs as required by OSHA or the Mine Safety and Health Administration for specific hazards
  • A written checklist of all potential hazards to be inspected during quarterly inspections
  • Responding to concerns of the safety committee, if applicable
  • Training employees and safety committee members
  • Designating a responsible ...

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