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Safety and Health Handbook


DHHS is committed to providing a safe working environment for its employees. Please review the sections of this handbook that apply to your work setting, available online: Safety and Health Handbook. Your Supervisor or Safety Director will also check your understanding of the policy.

Topics covered in the Safety and Health Handbook include:

Emergency numbers notations page

General housekeeping/sanitation

Complaint procedure Hazard communication program
North Carolina state government safety and health rules Health hazards
Asbestos Laboratory safety
Confined space Lifting
Emergency response plan Lockout/tagout control of hazardous energy
Electrical safety Machine guarding
Falls Medical surveillance
Fire prevention Motor vehicles
First aid Noise

Office safety / Ergonomics

Portable ladders and scaffolds

Personal protective equipment Powered industrial trucks/material handling

Each division or institution has a designated Safety Officer, so ask your supervisor to let you know who this is if you have any questions or concerns. For additional information, take a look at the "Safety and Health" topic in Section VII, "Your Workplace" of the State Employee Handbook.

Health and Work/Life Issues

In addition to the health insurance programs covered in previous sections, DHHS also participates in other "Work / Life" programs for employees. These programs help employees balance work and personal obligations by providing an array of services that include employee benefits, flexible leave policies, referral services and retirement planning.

Some brief descriptions and links to more information follow. Ask your supervisor or HR representative for more information on any of these benefits and services if you want to learn more.

  • Retirement System - You will be automatically enrolled in the state retirement system if you work at least 30 hours per week. Click here for more information.
  • Flexible Work Arrangements - You may request a different work schedule or "teleworking" (working from home or another location for all or part of your work hours) by talking to your supervisor. Click here for more information. If you want to consider teleworking in the future, you may also want to review or save the employee section of the Managers' Guide to Telecommuting.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential program designed to help you resolve your personal problems before they disrupt your personal or work life.
  • Coping with problems is a normal part of life. Most of us are able to resolve problems that arise before they have a serious impact on our lives. However, there may be times in your life when you feel that a problem is getting the best of you. It is times like this that you could use a helping hand.

    Common problems may include:

  • Marital conflict
  • Family/child concerns
  • Alcohol/drug abuse
  • Legal/financial challenges
  • Stress/anxiety
  • Grief/loss
  • Domestic violence
  • Emotional difficulties
  • Elder care
  • Depression
  • Workplace problems

You do not have to pay for services provided by the EAP consultant. Any costs for other resources will be your responsibility.

For the phone number of the EAP consultant who serves your area, you may contact your local HR office or call DHHS Employee Safety and Benefits at 919-733-2662.

Click on "DHHS EAP Pamphlet" on this page for more information.

DHHS Family Disaster Plan

Disaster preparedness is a necessity in being able to handle emergency situations as they occur. The DHHS Family Disaster Plan provides tools and information to help keep you and your families safe. Each individual or family should adapt the plan to their own specific requirements.

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