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Standards Information and Activity

The status of OSH adoption of federal standards is below. A brief description or statement about each of these standards is included. The OSHA standards discussed can be accessed through OSHA's Law and Regulations page on the federal OSHA website.

OSHA Standards Recently Adopted

Cranes and Derricks

Operator Qualification and Certification; Final Rule - 29 CFR 1926.1427(k). The OSH Division adopted the final rule effective May 1, 2018 extending the date for crane operator certification until November 10, 2018.


Occupational Exposure to Beryllium; Final Rule - 29 CFR 1910.1024, 29 CFR 1915.1024 & 29 CFR 1926.1124. The OSH Division adopted this rule verbatim with an effective date of July 1, 2017.

Silica, Respirable Crystalline

Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica; Final Rule - 29 CFR 1910.1053, 29 CFR 1915.1053 & 29 CFR 1926.1153. The OSH Division reviewed this rule and adopted it verbatim with an effective date of September 2, 2016.


29 CFR Part 1904 - Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements - Electronic submission of injury and illness records to OSHA; Final Rule - Recordkeeping standards are automatically incorporated into the North Carolina rules on the date issued in the Federal Register. This rule became effective on January 1, 2017.

Walking-Working Surfaces

Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems); Final Rule. This final rule updates the general industry standards on walking-working surface hazards to prevent and reduce workplace slips, trips and falls, as well as other injuries and fatalities associated with walking-working surface hazards. This rule became effective in North Carolina on May 1, 2017.

OSH Division State Specific Rules

The OSH Division state specific rules are contained in Title 13 of the North Carolina Administrative Code.

Compliance Dates

The following is a list of recent and upcoming compliance dates for standards recently adopted by North Carolina.  The chart can be sorted by subject or date.




Compliance Date



Electronic submission of 2017 injury and illness data to OSHA Injury Tracking Application


Beryllium, general industry and maritime

1910.1024; 1915.1024

All provisions, except engineering controls and change rooms and showers


Beryllium, construction*


All provisions, except change rooms and engineering controls


Beryllium, general industry and maritime*

1910.1024(i); 1915.1024(i)

Change rooms and showers


Beryllium, construction*


Change rooms


Beryllium, general industry and maritime*

1910.1024(f); 1915.1024(f)

Engineering controls


Beryllium, construction*


Engineering controls


Silica, general industry (maritime is identical to general industry)


Medical surveillance: Exposed = or > Action Level (AL) but below the PEL


Silica, general industry (maritime is identical to general industry)


Hydraulic fracturing and oil and gas industry: Engineering controls


* Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL) only enforced for maritime and construction