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
||Hazard communication program
|North Carolina state government safety
and health rules
|Emergency response plan
||Lockout/tagout control of hazardous
Office safety / Ergonomics
Portable ladders and scaffolds
|Personal protective equipment
||Powered industrial trucks/material
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
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
- 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
- Domestic violence
- Emotional difficulties
- Elder care
- Workplace problems
You do not have to pay for services provided by the EAP
consultant. Any costs for other resources will be your
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.
on "DHHS EAP Pamphlet" on this
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.