The Carolina Star Program is designed to recognize and promote effective safety and health management systems. In Star, management, labor and OSH establish a cooperative relationship at a workplace that has implemented a strong program.
Management agrees to operate an effective program that meets an established set of safety criteria.
Employees agree to participate in the program and work with management to ensure a safe and healthful workplace.
OSH initially verifies that the program meets Star criteria. We then publicly recognize the site's exemplary program and remove the site from routine scheduled inspections lists. (OSH may still investigate major accidents or fatalities, valid formal employee complaints and chemical spills.)
Becoming a Star participant shows employees and the community that your company is a leader in safety and health.
Carolina Star - Recognizes worksites that are self-sufficient in their ability to control hazards at the worksite.
Rising Star - Recognizes worksites that have good safety and health programs but must take additional steps to reach Carolina Star quality.
Building Star - Recognizes construction worksites and/or companies (to include general contractors and subcontractors) that have Carolina Star quality safety and health programs but require demonstration of approaches that differ from current Carolina Star requirements.
Public Sector Star - Recognizes state agencies and local governments for their leadership and success in providing a safe and healthy work environment.
If you are interested in the Star program, please submit the application package to LaMont Smith, Recognition Program Manager, or call for more information 919-807-2909.
Benefits of Being a Star Site:
Improved employee motivation to work safely, leading to better quality and productivity
Reduced worker's compensation costs
Recognition in the community
Improvement to safety programs through internal and external review
A safer workplace as Star participant sites generally experience from 60 to 80 percent fewer lost workday injuries that would be expected of an "average" site of the same size in their industries