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HR and Workplace Safety: North Carolina

HR and Workplace Safety (OSHA Compliance) requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Leanne Coffman


  • North Carolina has a federally approved State Plan governing the safety and health of workers. See Overview.
  • North Carolina has created safety standards that are more protective than federal standards. See Additional State-Specific Compliance Requirements.
  • North Carolina has a three-year statute of limitations for individuals to sue for personal injuries. See Statute of Limitations.
  • Several North Carolina laws place restrictions on cell phone usage while operating a motor vehicle. See Driving Policies.
  • North Carolina has drug testing laws that set procedural standards that employers must follow when performing employee and applicant drug testing. See Drug and Alcohol Testing as a Safety Measure.