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. Its main office is located in Raleigh, North Carolina.
NCDOL exercises jurisdiction over all private and public sector employers and employees within the state, with the exception of federal employees, United States Postal Service (USPS), private sector maritime activities, employment on Indian reservations, railroad employment, enforcement on military bases, and the American National Red Cross which are subject to federal OSHA jurisdiction.
NCDOL has adopted the following unique state standards:
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.
NCDOL offers voluntary and cooperative programs focused on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. NCDOL also offers on-site consultation services which help employers - both public and private - 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.
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.
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