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North Carolina State Plan

North Carolina State Plan

North Carolina State Plan

[North Carolina State Plan Website]
  • Initial Approval: January 26, 1973
  • State Plan Certification: September 29, 1976
  • 18(e) Final Approval: December 10, 1996

The North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Division is part of the North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL), which is headed by the Commissioner. The main office is located in Raleigh, North Carolina.


NCDOL exercises jurisdiction over all private sector and state and local government employers and workers within the state, with the exception of federal workers, the United States Postal Service, private sector maritime activities, work on Indian reservations, railroad work, enforcement on military bases, and the American National Red Cross, which are subject to OSHA jurisdiction.

Unique State Plan Standards

NCDOL has adopted the following unique state standards:

General Industry
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution
  • General Safety and Health Provisions
  • Occupational Health and Environmental Controls
  • Personal Protective Equipment and Life-Saving Equipment
  • Steel Erection
  • Power Transmission and Distribution
  • Toxic and Hazardous Substances
Additional State-Specific Standards
  • Communication Towers
  • Blasting and Use of Explosives
  • Agriculture
  • Maritime
  • Access to Medical Records
Enforcement Programs

NCDOL Compliance is responsible for the enforcement of its safety and health standards. Compliance officers inspect workplaces for hazardous conditions and issue citations where violations of regulations are found. Inspections may be the result of regular scheduling, imminent danger reports, fatalities, and worker complaints or referrals. More information on enforcement in NCDOL can be found on the North Carolina State Plan website.

Voluntary and Cooperative Programs

NCDOL offers voluntary and cooperative programs focused on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. NCDOL also offers on-site consultation services which help employers - both state and local government and private sector - comply with NCDOL or OSHA standards and identify and correct potential safety and health hazards. For more information on these programs, please visit the North Carolina State Plan website.

Informal Conferences and Appeals

NCDOL conducts informal conferences in an effort to resolve contested cases. When a citation is contested, the case is reviewed by the North Carolina Safety and Health Review Commission. For more information on these proceedings, please visit the North Carolina State Plan website.

Contact Information

North Carolina Department of Labor
  • Occupational Safety and Health Division
  • 111 Hillsborough Street
  • Raleigh, NC 27601-1092
  • (919) 733-7166
  • Cherie Berry, Commissioner
  • Mailing Address:
  • North Carolina Department of Labor
  • Occupational Safety and Health Division
  • 1101 Mail Service Center
  • Raleigh, NC 27699-1101

Occupational Safety & Health Division


OSHA makes every effort to ensure that this webpage is accurate and up-to-date; however, for the latest information please contact the State Plan directly.

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