Technical Note #1
Tuesday, June 4, 1996
OSHA Approves Revised Staffing Benchmarks for North Carolina
OSHA has approved revised compliance staffing levels of 64 safety
inspectors and 50 industrial hygienists for the North Carolina state
occupational safety and health plan.
These benchmarks are set according to the 1978 court order and define
the compliance staffing levels necessary for a fully effective job safety
and health program in the state. The allocation of sufficient compliance
staffing is one of the conditions that state plans must meet to receive
final federal approval and independence from concurrent federal enforcement
North Carolina's current benchmark of 50 safety inspectors and 27 industrial
hygienists have been in place since 1986 per a 1984 staffing formula that
assumes general inspection coverage of only high hazard industries. Other
industries are covered through response to employee complaints, accident
investigations, referrals and voluntary compliance efforts. The state has
requested the increase granted today to respond to changing occupational
safety and health needs and circumstances.
Proposed revisions to the North Carolina benchmarks were announced in the
March 7, 1995, Federal Register, and public comments solicited. Two
comments were received.
To date, 14 states have received approval of
staffing benchmarks revised under tthe 1984 formula.
Notice of OSHA's approval of the revised North Carolina benchmark appears
in the June 4 Federal Register.