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The SSTM Program is North Carolina’s version of federal OSHA’s Special Government Employee (SGE) Program. Participants are Star site employees and independent private sector safety and health professionals associated with the Carolina Star Program. Certified SSTMs have the opportunity to work together in partnership with the NC Department of Labor (NCDOL) Star staff during onsite evaluations. This volunteer program not only benefits the NCDOL Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) by supplementing its onsite evaluation teams, but provides Star sites, SSTMs and the Star Program an opportunity to collaborate, share ideas and perspectives. The SSTM Program is a state and federal pilot program that will be monitored by both state and federal officials.

SSTM Qualifications

OSH Star Participant Applicants must have the following qualifications:

A permanent, full-time employee of a OSH Star worksite/company for a minimum of two years

  • Experience in at least three of the following activities (or their equivalent)

    • Chair of a safety/health committee
    • Working directly with OSH Star onsite review team during the most recent onsite review of your respective worksite
    • Training others with regard to safety and health programs, policies, procedures, and understand the meaning of the OSH Star Program
    • Writing and reviewing Job Safety Analysis (JSAs), monitoring and providing feedback with regard to employee safety related behaviors
    • Coordinating accident investigations
    • Coordinating various safety and health activities and programs to ensure a safe and healthy work environment
    • Leading worksite hazard inspection team or similar activity
    • Identifying and recognizing hazards, and developing a plan of action for correction and improvement
    • Other experiences that demonstrate knowledge of safety and health management systems

Safety and Health Professionals (Non-OSH Star Worksite Participants) must meet these additional qualifications:

  • Two or more years of experience in performing safety and health inspections and/or audits
  • Must score a ‘10’ on the education and experience portion of the qualification worksheet (Refer to Application)
  • Must submit proof of 40 hours or more of safety and health training
  • Must submit documentation of three safety and health audits conducted within the last three years

All Special Star Team Member (SSTM) Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Experience in applying OSHA regulations
  • Currently hold, or have held within the past two years, a leadership position(s) at a North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Star worksite; or consult with and mentor other companies toward achieving OSH Star status
  • Positive interpersonal skills
  • Sound reading and writing skills
  • Physically able to perform team member’ duties
  • Management and/or corporate support for participating in the OSH Star SSTM Program

Limited to 20 participants per session

Registration is free. For more information, contact LaMont Smith at 919-807-2909 or



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