Standards Information and Activity

Federal OSHA standards recently adopted by the OSH Division are listed below, along with a brief description of each standard. Documentation of OSH Verbatim Adoptions can be found on the NCDOL Rules and Regulations page. The OSHA standards discussed can be accessed through OSHA's Law and Regulations page on the federal OSHA website. Additional information on these topics can be found on the NCDOL Occupational Safety and Health Topic Pages.

OSHA Standards Recently Adopted

Walking-Working Surfaces, Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems), and Special Industries (Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution)

Corrections to standards; Final rule - 29 CFR 1910.23, 29 CFR 1910.25, 29 CFR 1910.27, 29 CFR 1910.29, 29 CFR 1910.140, and 29 CFR 1910.269. This final rule makes minor corrections within the Walking-Working Surfaces, Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems), and Special Industries (Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution) standards. The rule became effective in North Carolina on April 10, 2020.

Beryllium

Occupational Exposure to Beryllium and Beryllium Compounds in Construction and Shipyard Sectors; Final rule - 29 CFR 1926.1124 and 29 CFR 1915.1024. OSHA is delaying the compliance deadlines for almost all provisions of the Beryllium standards for shipyards and construction until September 30, 2020 with the exception of the permissible exposure limit (PEL) and short-term exposure limit (STEL). OSHA also plans to issue a new proposed rule for these sectors rather than revoking the ancillary provisions of the standards for shipyards and construction. This rule became effective in North Carolina on February 14, 2020.

Respiratory Protection

Additional Ambient Aerosol CNC Quantitative Fit Testing Protocols: Respiratory Protection Standard; Final rule - 19 CFR 1910.134. OSHA has approved and added two additional condensation nuclei counting (CNC) quantitative fit test protocols in Appendix A of 29 CFR 1910.134: one for elastomeric full-face and half-mask respirators, and the other for filtering facepiece respirators. This rule became effective in North Carolina on February 14, 2020.

Standards Improvement Project

Standards Improvement Project - Phase IV; Final rule - 29 CFR Parts 1904, 1910, 1915 and 1926. OSHA is removing or revising outdated, duplicative, unnecessary, and inconsistent requirements in its safety and health standards. The current review, the fourth in this ongoing effort, reduces regulatory burden while maintaining or enhancing worker safety and health, and improving privacy protections. This rule became effective in North Carolina on October 7, 2019.

Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals; Slings (Materials Handling and Storage)

Technical amendments; Final rule - 29 CFR 1910.119 Appendix A and 29 CFR 1910.184. This final rule corrects the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) number for methyl vinyl ketone in Appendix A of 29 CFR 1910.119 (PSM) and restores two figures in 29 CFR 1910.184 (Slings) that were inadvertently removed during prior rulemaking. This rule became effective in North Carolina on June 3, 2019.

Cranes and Derricks

Operator Qualification; Final rule - 29 CFR 1926.1427. This standard amends the crane operator qualification provision by removing the requirement for different levels of certification based on the rated lifting capacity of equipment. This rule also establishes minimum requirements for determining operator competency. This rule became effective in North Carolina on May 3, 2019.

Recordkeeping

Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Records to OSHA; Final Rule - 29 CFR 1904.41. This standard removed the requirements for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from the OSHA 300 and OSHA 301 forms. Recordkeeping standards are automatically incorporated into the North Carolina rules on the date issued in the Federal Register. This rule became effective on January 25, 2019.

OSH Division State Specific Rules

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

Compliance Dates

In addition to the effective dates listed above, some standards contain specific compliance dates when employers must comply with certain provisions. 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.

Subject

Standard

Provision

Compliance Date

Recordkeeping

1904.41

Electronic submission of 2018 injury and illness data to OSHA Injury Tracking Application

3/2/2019

Beryllium, general industry

1910.1024(i)

Change rooms and showers

3/11/2019

Beryllium, general industry

1910.1024(f)

Engineering controls

3/10/2020

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

1910.1053(i)(1)(i)

Medical surveillance: Exposed = or > action level (AL) but below the permissible exposure limits (PEL)

6/23/2020

Beryllium, construction and maritime

1926.1124; 1915.1024

All provisions, except permissible exposure limits

9/20/2020

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

1910.1053(f)

Hydraulic fracturing and oil and gas industry: Engineering controls

6/23/2021