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Compliance Bureau

The Compliance Bureau conducts approximately 5,500 inspections of North Carolina businesses each year to ensure compliance with applicable workplace safety and health standards. The bureau investigates complaints made by workers, work-related fatalities and accidents, conducts general schedule inspections of randomly picked firms, and follow-up inspections of firms previously cited for safety and health violations. In accordance with North Carolina General Statute (NCGS) 95-136(a)(1), OSHNC inspectors have the right to enter any North Carolina workplace. All inspections are conducted without advance warning to the employer. Additionally, the bureau manages the OSH complaint desk that processes work-related safety and health complaints and other work-related safety and health issues.

See Inspection Information for more detailed explanations of the types of inspections the bureau conducts.

OSH Related Discrimination Issues

In accordance with NCGS 95-136, employees have the right to file OSH complaints and participate in OSH inspection activity. Please contact the Employment Discrimination Bureau if you think you have been discriminated against as a result of these activities.

Variance Requests

In accordance with North Carolina General Statute (NCGS) 95-132, an employer can petition the NCDOL for relief from the requirements of a standard. There are three types of variances: temporary, permanent and experimental. Variances only have future effect and can not be requested during an on-going OSH inspection to satisfy abatement for a citation. An employer must file a variance application in accordance with the requirements of NCGS 95-132 and NCAC 7A.0700-Rules of Practice for Variances. Variance applications are reviewed and determined by the Education, Training and Technical Assistance Bureau. Variance applicants should be mailed to the OSH director, 1101 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1101.

Other OSH Compliance Links

Interpretive guidance on a standard

Request a complaint inspection

Report a workplace accident, fatality or catastrophe

State OSHA Annual Report (SOAR)



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