Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Carolina Star Safety Programs

The Carolina Star Programs are administered by the NC Department of Labor and are designed to recognize and promote effective safety and health management.  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.  OSH then publicly recognize the site's exemplary program and remove the site from routine scheduled inspections lists.  (OSH may still investigate major accidents, 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.
There are different levels within the STAR Program:

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 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.

The 2011 Carolina Star Safety Conference will be held on September 14-16 at the Joseph S Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, North Carolina(conference).

For more information on Carolina Star Safety Programs visit the NC Department of Labor's website at nclabor.

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