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Education, Training and Technical Assistance

The Education, Training and Technical Assistance (ETTA) bureau provides various outreach activities including training workshops for employers and employees, speaker engagements, and display booths. The bureau develops publications such as hazard alerts, industry guides, fact sheets, and quick cards. They participate in building alliances and partnerships with trade associations and businesses to assist them in creating safer workplaces. The bureau reviews the federal standards for state adoption, coordinates state-specific rulemaking activities, reviews variance requests, and provides written, electronic or telephone interpretive guidance to employers and employees. ETTA also administers recognition programs that recognize companies that have exemplary safety and health programs and safety records.

Current Standards Book and Labor Laws

The general industry book contains all standards published in the Federal Register through January 2015. The construction industry book contains all standards published in the Federal Register through January 2015. Both books include the North Carolina Safety and Health Division state-specific rules. To order books, please call us at 1-800-NCLABOR, direct dial 919-807-2875 or use our online order form.

The N.C. Labor Laws, including the N.C. Occupational Safety and Health Act, are contained in Chapter 95 of the N.C. General Statutes. Printed copies of the Labor Law books are not available at this time.

Interpretive Guidance about OSH Standards

To ask a question or receive an interpretation about an occupational safety and health standard, please call us at 1-800-NCLABOR or (800) 625-2267, direct dial 919-807-2875 (in Raleigh), or e-mail your question to

Variance Requests

In accordance with N.C. General Statute (NCGS) 95-132, an employer can petition the N.C. Department of Labor for relief from the requirements of a standard. There are three types of variances: temporary, permanent and experimental. Variances only have future effect and cannot be requested during an ongoing 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 should be mailed to the OSH director at the department's mailing address.

Training and Outreach Services

The Education, Training and Technical Assistance bureau provides training and outreach services on OSHA regulations. A variety of services are available to North Carolina employers, employees and the public FREE OF CHARGE. For more information, please contact Marcy Collyer at 919-807-2896.

Recognition Program

The bureau's recognition program offers two programs that recognizes both private and public sector employers; the Star Program and the Safety Award Program.

Other Links

Safety and Health School Schedule
OSHA Safety and Health Management Systems for Small Business
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Request a complaint inspection
Report a workplace fatality or catastrophe



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