Long Term Care Special Emphasis Program The North Carolina Special Emphasis Programs (SEPs) are part of the NC OSH Division's five year strategic management plan for which its two principal goals are: 1) to reduce the state's workplace fatality rate by at least 2%; and 2) to reduce the state's non-fatal injury and illness rate by at least 5%. For each SEP that applies to a specific industrial sector, similar goals for reducing the fatality rate and/or non-fatal injury and illness rate are applied. SEP: Long Term Care Purpose and Scope Hazard Overview Regulations Learn More What are the goals of the long term care special emphasis program? Reduce workplace injury and illness rates in affected establishments Reduce or eliminate employee exposure to prevalent hazards What industries are covered by this SEP? NAICS 623 - Long Term Care Facilities What are the principal hazards on which this SEP is focused? Much of the injury and illness observed by employees in long term care facilities can be attributed to one or more of the following: Bloodborne pathogens Ergonomics Slips, trips and falls (see Walking and Working Surfaces) Tuberculosis Workplace violence What regulations apply to this SEP? OSH has adopted the following regulations that govern the requirements for protection against the hazards associated with long term care facilities. Note: Please also check the standards information and activity webpage to see if there has been any recent or upcoming regulatory activity on this topic. General Industry 29 CFR 1910 Subpart D - walking-working surfaces 29 CFR 1910.22 - general requirements 29 CFR 1910 Subpart I - personal protective equipment 29 CFR 1910.132 - general requirements 29 CFR 1910.133 - eye and face protection 29 CFR 1910.134 - respiratory protection 29 CFR 1910.138 - hand protection 29 CFR 1910.1030 - bloodborne pathogens 29 CFR 1910.1200 - hazard communication General Duty Clause NCGS 95-129(1) - General Duty Clause Other Applicable Standards The Which OSHA Standards Apply webpage can also help identify other standards that may be applicable to your worksite. Where can I learn more about this SEP? Compliance Documents Operational Procedure Notice: OPN 132, Special Emphasis Program for Long Term Care Facilities, describes the conduct of inspections and related activity under this SEP. A-Z Safety and Health Topics Additional resource information can be found on the safety and health topics page on long term care, respiratory protection, ergonomics and personal protective equipment.