Occupational health services and medical surveillance within EHS works towards the goals of adequate program surveillance measures for a variety of exposure areas, early recognition of health alterations due to exposure and management of occupational exposure programs.

An undergraduate student works in the constructed facilities lab on campus. Photo by Marc Hall

Demolition of Harrelson Hall.

Asbestos Management

This program addresses management of building materials containing more than one percent (>1%) asbestos.

Animal Contact

The purpose of the Animal Contact program is to minimize the health and safety risk of working with vertebrate animals to an acceptable level.

Exposure Prevention

Measures to prevent employee exposure to hazardous chemicals include the use of proper engineering controls, work practices, and protective equipment.

Filtering Facepiece Respirator (Voluntary/Comfort Use)

If EHS has determined that respirator use is not required, but the employee requests to voluntarily use a respirator, the following steps must be completed: Note: OSHA requires that the voluntary use of respirators (i.e., when respirators are not required by NC State), be controlled almost as strictly as if their use were required.

Hearing Conservation

Where engineering and administrative controls are not successful in lowering noise exposure,hearing protection devices must be used.

 Indoor air quality

The purpose of this program is to establish written policies and procedures to be used at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in the management of indoor air quality (IAQ).

Lead Paint

Provide guidance on the management of painted surfaces on campus, reduce the risk of exposure to lead, and ensure compliance with NC Occupational Safety and Health regulations.

 Medical Surveillance

Based on the type of work being performed, including consideration of factors such as the duration of the task, the materials being used, and the potential for exposure, medical surveillance is either recommended or required for the job.

Odor Prevention and Dust Control in Occupied Buildings

This procedure should be followed for all construction / renovation / maintenance operations which will generate air contaminants inside of occupied buildings or which will be drawn inside of occupied buildings.

Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is used to create a protective barrier between a worker and hazards in the workplace.

Pesticide Exposure Prevention

This standard addresses training, personal protective equipment, safety procedures, and medical monitoring to reduce or eliminate exposure to pesticides.

Respiratory Protection

Employees who wear a respirator must be given prior approval by the EHSC. There are specific steps that are required by NCSU and OSHA regulations for use of any type of respiratory protection. These steps are provided in NCSU Respiratory Protection Program.

Hazcom Policy

The OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, often referred to as the “Worker Right To Know,” used in conjunction with NC State’s Managers Safety Orientation Checklist helps to guarantee that all employees receive consistent and accurate information about the hazardous substances they work with.


To protect workers and others from respirable crystalline silica (RCS) exposure NCSU has developed a Silica Exposure Control Plan (SECP). The plan has developed following requirements.

Occupational Health Forms, Resources & FAQ’s

Get detailed information about regulations, policies and forms

Water Management Program

NC State University recognizes the importance of delivering high quality drinking water to its students, faculty, staff, and visitors