Occupational Safety and Health Special Events Learn more about upcoming special events at the Department of Labor. Learn More OSH Penalty Increases On October 1, 2022, North Carolina minimum and maximum civil penalties associated with occupational safety and health standard violations increased. Learn More What We Do The Occupational Safety and Health Division administers a broad scope of workplace safety and health laws that apply to the private sector and all state and local government agencies. OSH offers free services to more than 260,000 private and public employers through its Consultative Services Bureau. The Education, Training and Technical Assistance Bureau provides a variety of training and outreach services for the public. The Compliance Bureaus conduct about 4,500 inspections a year. The Planning, Statistics and Information Management Bureau maintains statistical data about N.C. employers and manages inspection and investigative case file disclosures and archiving. Preoccupancy migrant housing inspections and workplace safety and health inspections in agriculture are completed by the Agricultural Safety and Health Bureau. Frequently Requested Information Report an Accident Report any work-related fatality, hospitalization, amputation, and loss of an eye. Make a Payment Pay your fees and penalties online. Free Workplace Posters Order your free workplace posters now. File a Safety and Health Complaint Report confidential workplace safety and health concerns. Employer Assistance OSH Example Programs Download free example safety and health written programs. The programs cover many topics in general industry and construction and should be customized to each workplace. OSH Presentations Download free safety and health presentations. The presentations cover a wide variety of occupational safety and health topics and should be customized to each audience. Consultative Services Small businesses in the private and public sectors may request free onsite safety and health assistance by the Consultative Services Bureau. Ask OSH For questions or interpretations on the OSH standards contact one of our Standards Officers electronically or by phone at 919-707-7876. Learn More Publications Order OSHA standards books, order free workplace labor law posters and download publications. Safety and Health Topics View hazards, solutions, regulations, and resources for a variety of occupational safety and health topics. Safety and Health Training View the training calendar and request free safety and health training on a variety of topics. OSH Statistical Reports View information on workplace fatalities, frequently cited OSHA standards and N.C. occupational safety and health program statistics. NCDOL Library Access free safety videos, borrow books or DVDs, and request research assistance. Experience Rate Modifier Requirements View requirements for businesses with a workers’ compensation experience rate modifier of 1.5 or higher. Alliances and Partnerships Alliances An alliance is a voluntary agreement between OSH and organizations, associations, universities, and other stakeholders and is designed to improve worksite safety and health, training and education, outreach and communication. Partnerships A partnership is a voluntary agreement between OSH and construction general contractors and is designed to encourage, assist and recognize efforts to eliminate serious hazards and achieve a high degree of worker safety and health. Standards Information Enforcement Procedures View OSH Division Enforcement Procedures to learn how OSHA standards are enforced in N.C. Standards Information and Activity View recently adopted OSHA standards and upcoming compliance dates. Variance Requests In accordance with North Carolina General Statute 95-132, an employer can petition the NCDOL for relief from the requirements of a standard. Applicable OSHA Standards Identify the OSHA standards that apply to you. Occupational Safety and Health Laws and Administrative Rules Occupational Safety and Health Act The Occupational Safety and Health Division enforces the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which governs workplaces to ensure as far as possible all employers and employees safe and healthful working conditions through the prevention of injuries and illnesses via programs that provide education, enforcement and research. OSH Administrative Rules The N.C. Department of Labor adopts administrative rules, which provide further information regarding enforcement of the Act. The rules for the Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina can be found at the Office of Administrative Hearings website. Safety and Health Programs and Committees This legislation requires businesses with a workers’ compensation experience rate modifier (ERM) of 1.5 or higher to improve their workplace safety and health efforts. OSHA Standards With certain exceptions, the N.C. Department of Labor adopts federal OSHA standards verbatim. When OSH Administrative Rules differ from federal OSHA standards, employers must comply with the state-specific rules. Hazardous Chemicals Right to Know Act The OSH Division enforces the Hazardous Chemicals Right to Know Act to ensure firefighters have all the information they need to respond to chemical emergencies and to ensure that citizens have access to sufficient information to make informed judgments about the hazards in their communities.