A partnership is a voluntary agreement between the North Carolina Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Division (OSH) and general contractors of a construction site project that lasts a specified period of time. It is designed to encourage, assist and recognize efforts to eliminate serious hazards and achieve a high degree of worker safety and health.

OSH assists partners in the reduction of injuries and illnesses through the long-term development of effective safety and health management systems that address hazards in accordance with the OSH Act. A partnership must meet established measurements which will be verified through quarterly joint inspections and documentation provided by the partner at least monthly. The partnership ends one month after project completion or termination by either party with a 30-day notice of intent.

The program is available to construction general contractors in locales where OSH has jurisdiction. Partnerships with the same company are limited to two agreements within a ten-year span of time. Due to length of time and manpower involved with each partnership, only a limited number are allowed at any one time. Partnership agreements include sections on purpose and scope, objectives and measures, participation criteria, statement of agreement, evaluation criteria, inspections, termination and suspension, and project safety and analysis.

For questions related to partnerships, please call 919-770-6439 or email Bruce Pearson (bruce.pearson@labor.nc.gov), Partnerships Team Leader. When you are ready to apply for a partnership, please complete the online partnership application.  Once the application has been received, you will be contacted for further guidance.


  • Improved employee safety and health at construction sites
  • Reduction in illness and injury cases
  • Increase access to safety and health training and information
  • Development of safety and health management systems

Current Partnerships

Holder - Edison Foard - Leeper, a Joint Venture

  • Charlotte - Charlotte Terminal Lobby Expansion

Jacobs Engineering Group

  • Holly Springs - Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies

Whiting  - Turner Contracting Company

  • Siler City - Semi-Conductor Facility - Wolfspeed

Barnhill - Balfour Beatty - Metcon, a Joint Venture

  • Raleigh - NC Education