Health & safety: Understanding North Carolina’s OSHA law

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In 1970, the federal government passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). Then in 1973, North Carolina passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina (OSHANC).

The North Carolina act has its own administrative and review procedures that aren’t always similar to its federal counterpart.

By agreement with the federal government, workplace safety in North Carolina is regulated by the state, rather than by the federal government. Thus, the North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL) enforces OSHANC. That doesn’t mean, however, that the federal OSHA doesn’t come into play.

OSHANC, which is modeled after OSHA, is designed to ensure a safe workplace for employees.

Promoting workplace safety

NCDOL’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) administers OSHANC and promotes workplace safety. It has five main bureaus:

  • The Agricultural Safety and Health Bureau conducts preoccupancy ...(register to read more)

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