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North Carolina OSHA FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about NC OSHA training for North Carolina workers. If you can't find the answer you're looking for, please contact our support team for assistance.

NC OSHA General Information

Who needs NC OSHA training?

Almost all private sector businesses in North Carolina must comply with the safety and health requirements set forth in the North Carolina State Plan. Wherever North Carolina OSHA standards differ from federal OSHA standards, North Carolina employers must comply with state-specific rules.

Some employees are outside of NC OSHA’s jurisdiction and therefore must comply with federal OSHA regulations. Workers who are exempt from NC OSHA training include:

  • Federal employees
  • USPS workers
  • Offshore maritime workers
  • Workers employed on Indian reservations
  • Railroad employees
  • Workers employed on military bases
  • American National Red Cross employees

Our North Caroline OSHA courses are designed to satisfy North Carolina’s occupational safety and health standards included in 29 CFR 1952.5. Workers and supervisors are required to complete OSHA training in order to satisfy state regulations and work for employers that are legally obligated to comply with North Carolina safety and health requirements.

What is the difference between North Carolina OSHA and federal OSHA?

OSHA is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. At the federal level, OSHA creates standards that ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers all over the country.

Some states, such as North Carolina, have created State Plans. These plans are OSHA-approved workplace safety and health programs that the state individually operates. North Carolina operates a state plan with additional requirements not covered by federal OSHA standards.

Which NC OSHA standards are different from federal OSHA standards?

North Carolina follows all federal OSHA standards with the exception of some unique standards found in the North Carolina State Plan. A list of industry-specific standards unique to North Carolina’s State Plan can be found below.

General Industry

  • Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
  • Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response
  • Communication Towers


  • Personal Protective Equipment and Life-Saving Equipment
  • Steel Erection
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Communication Towers
  • Blasting and Use of Explosives
  • Non-Ionizing Radiation


  • Field Sanitation

Who enforces North Carolina OSHA compliance?

The NC OSH Division of the North Carolina Department of Labor is responsible for enforcing all OSHA standards in North Carolina. Compliance officers inspect workplaces and issue citations for violations of standards. For more information about NC OSH and the work they do, visit the North Carolina OSHA State Plan page.

How do I file an NC OSHA complaint?

According to the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Act, employees have the right to file complaints about workplace safety and health hazards. You can file a complaint online, by phone or by mail.

Employees have the right to file a complaint without being subject to discrimination associated with the complaint. For more information, visit the NC DOL’s Safety and Health Complaint or Concern page.

North Carolina OSHA Training

What are the testing requirements for North Carolina OSHA training?

The North Carolina OSHA portion of the course includes nine end-of-module quizzes and a final exam. Each quiz has five questions, and you have an unlimited number of attempts to score an 80% or higher.

The final exam contains 20 questions and has a time limit of 180 minutes. To pass the exam, you must earn a score of 70% or higher. Like the quizzes, you can retake the exam as many times as needed until you pass, without having to pay or re-register.

This training program also includes a 10- or 30-hour OSHA-authorized course on safety and health topics under federal OSHA.

When will I receive my North Carolina OSHA certificate?

Once you have successfully completed your North Carolina OSHA course, your certificate of completion will be available for instant download. You will also have instant access to your OSHA Outreach training certificate, which you can provide to your employer as proof of training while you wait for your OSHA 10 or 30 card to arrive in the mail.

How long does it take to complete the course?

The North Carolina OSHA training takes at least three hours to complete. In addition to the state-specific portion of the course, you will also complete 10 or 30 hours of OSHA Outreach training, which covers federal safety and health topics and provides an official OSHA DOL card.

The 10-hour OSHA course is designed for entry-level workers, and the 30-hour program is designed for supervisors and workers with safety responsibilities. Because OSHA requires students to spend no more than 7.5 hours per day in Outreach training, it will take you at least two days to complete 10-hour training and at least four days to complete 30-hour training. Time you spend in the NC OSHA portion of the course is not counted toward your daily limit.

Does the NC OSHA online training course expire?

Yes. You must complete North Carolina OSHA training within 180 days of registering for the course. Your exact date of expiration is listed on your “My Account” page.

OSHA Outreach Training

What is OSHA Outreach training?

The OSHA Outreach Training Program teaches workers how to identify and avoid common safety and health risks in the workplace. It also explains employer responsibilities and workers' rights under OSHA. This training is available in industry-specific versions for construction and general industry.

OSHA 10-hour courses are designed for entry-level workers, and 30-hour courses are designed for supervisors and workers with safety roles or responsibilities.

What are the testing requirements for OSHA Outreach training?

Each course module ends with a brief quiz. To continue to the next section, you need to score at least 70% on the quiz. You have up to three attempts to pass each quiz.

If you do not pass any given quiz in three tries, you will be locked out of the course and will need to contact our support team to resume your training. Three unlocks are permitted throughout the duration of the course. If you are locked out of the course a fourth time, you will be required to re-register for the course and restart your training.

After you complete all course modules, you will have 180 minutes to pass the 20-question final exam. You have up to three attempts to pass the final exam with a score of 70% or higher. If you do not achieve a passing score after three attempts, you will need to re-register for the course and start from the beginning.

How long will it take to complete OSHA Outreach training?

Whether you are taking 10- or 30-hour OSHA training, OSHA has mandated that students spend no more than 7.5 hours per day in the course. This means it will take you at least two days to complete 10-hour OSHA training and at least four days to complete 30-hour OSHA training.

There is no time limit for NC OSHA training, so any time you spend in that course will not count toward your 7.5-hour daily limit.

When will I receive my OSHA DOL card?

Once you have successfully completed OSHA-authorized Outreach training, you can instantly download and print your certificate of completion. You can provide the certificate to your employer as proof of training completion while you wait for your OSHA card to be printed and delivered.

Your official OSHA DOL wallet card will arrive by mail approximately six to eight weeks after you complete the course and successfully pass the final exam.

Will my OSHA card expire?

No, your NC OSHA certificate and OSHA DOL card will never expire. Some employers may require you to complete refresher training every few years to ensure you are up to date on workplace safety and health protocols. You should speak to your employer to learn more about specific requirements for refresher training.

For more information on OSHA Outreach training, visit our OSHA training FAQs page.