Press Releases

The N.C. Department of Labor (NCDOL) today announced the repeal of the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for Healthcare, effective March 4. The Healthcare ETS has been in effect in North Carolina since July 21, 2021 and was adopted verbatim from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as required by North Carolina’s state plan agreement with OSHA. 

On Tuesday, Feb. 22, officials from the N.C. Department of Labor (NCDOL) and the N.C. Home Builders Educational and Charitable Foundation (Foundation) gathered for a contract signing event to officially mark the establishment of the Be Pro Be Proud pilot program. The program will be administered by the Foundation with oversight from NCDOL.

HARRISBURG — The N.C. Department of Labor (NCDOL) recognized the Town of Harrisburg Public Works Department with the designation as an NCDOL Public Sector SHARP (Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program) site during a luncheon at Cabarrus Country Club on Friday, Feb. 11. Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson provided brief remarks and presented the department with a certificate and flag.

Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson released the following statement regarding Black History Month:

“This year’s theme for Black History Month, Black Health and Wellness, recognizes the significant contributions of Black workers in the medical field and is especially relevant given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the heroic and steadfast actions of our medical professionals.

The N.C. Department of Labor (NCDOL) is now accepting applications from businesses that qualify for a workplace safety award. This program has operated since 1946 and has become a valued tradition in workplaces throughout our state. 

RALEIGH—Struck-by incidents caused the largest number of non COVID-19 work-related deaths last year in the Tar Heel state, based on preliminary information released today by the N.C. Department of Labor (NCDOL). The department’s Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Division inspected 49 non COVID-19 work-related fatalities in 2021. The division also inspected 25 cases reported as deaths related to COVID-19.

Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson released the following statement regarding the action by the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate:

CHARLOTTE—The N.C. Department of Labor (NCDOL) and Sanders Utility Construction Co. Inc. celebrated the completion of the safety partnership for the design-build project to improve, up-size and replace sanitary sewer along the Irwin Creek Tributary to Irwin Creek Interceptor. Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson presented company officials with a certificate at the ceremony on Friday, Dec. 17, after giving brief remarks about the project.

GOLDSBORO — The N.C. Department of Labor (NCDOL) recognized Daniels and Daniels Construction Co. for its completion of two Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) projects, Coastal Elementary School and Catherine Lake Elementary School in Onslow County. The program recognizes companies for a commitment to the safety and health of their employees.

Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson released the following statement regarding this week’s passage of the state budget bill: