The NC Department of Labor is charged with promoting the "health, safety and general well-being" of more than 4 million workers in the state. The department serves the needs of the workplace through a variety of programs aimed at making the employees of North Carolina safe. A commissioner of labor is elected every four years as head of the department and also serves on the Council of State.
The commissioner has broad regulatory and enforcement powers to carry out the department's duties and responsibilities.The department conducts safety and health inspections and investigates work-related accidents and deaths. It also conducts randomly scheduled and follow-up inspections with firms previously cited for OSH violations. The department also regulates the safety of boilers, elevators, and amusement rides.