Consultative Services Bureau
A Safety and Health Consultation Program
Workers can face a variety of potential problems in the workplace
that could lead to injuries and illnesses.
The N.C. Department of Labor helps employers—especially
small businesses—achieve a safe and healthful workplace for
their employees. Our professional staff helps employers identify
safety and health hazards. We also provide recommendations to reduce
or eliminate hazards and will evaluate your safety and health program.
Our goal is to help businesses meet safety and health regulations
and develop effective safety and health management program. We
provide you with confidential, comprehensive reports of our findings
How it works:
The Consultative Services Bureau helps employers in both the private
and public sectors. In the private sector, consultation
is limited to employers who have 500 or fewer employees nationwide. The
bureau's main focus is to help the small business employer. In
the public sector, priority is given to smaller municipal, county
and state agencies. Further priority is given to small employers
with hazardous operations or in high hazard industries.
Services provided are free of charge. Records kept by the Consultative
Services Bureau are confidential and are not shared with other
Services we provide:
- Full-service on-site safety and health surveys, or specific
surveys tailored to your request
- Technical assistance
- Safety and health program assessment and assistance
- Ergonomics evaluation and assistance
- Air sampling and analysis
- Noise measurements
- Recognition/exemption programs
Under the agreement with Consultative Services,
the employer promises to correct within a reasonable time all hazards
identified by the
bureau. This commitment is made in advance. The employer also must
agree to post the list of hazards that accompanies the bureau's report.
If an employer refuses to correct or verify correction of a serious
hazard, the bureau chief may refer the matter to an NCDOL compliance
inspector, a rare occurrence in this program.
Safety and Health Programs and Committees Legislation
In 1992, the North Carolina state legislature passed the Safety and Health Programs and Committees Act. 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. The purpose of this legislation is to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses in North Carolina's business community.
If you received a letter from the Consultative Services Bureau with regards to this legislation you can find more information on our Safety and Health Programs and Committees Legislation page.