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
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.
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
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) 2013