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Catawba County Public Health employees received the Public Sector Star safety designation, which was presented to staff by N.C. Department of Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson at a ceremony on November 29.
Courtesy of Catawba County Government

Catawba County Public Health Earns Safety Recognition

As part of its safety recognition program, the N.C. Department of Labor has certified Catawba County Public Health as a Public Sector Star site for the third time in a row. Catawba County Public Health is currently the only health department in North Carolina to be recognized as a Public Sector Star site and the organization first earned the Star certification in 2013.

Catawba County Public Health employees received their Public Sector Star safety award from N.C. Department of Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson at a celebration last Wednesday, November 29. The Carolina Star, including the Public Sector Star award, is the most prestigious safety recognition given by the N.C. Department of Labor.

Organizations that qualify for the award have exemplary safety and health programs in the workplace. The Star Program recognizes excellence in site-specific occupational safety and health management systems. Star Program participants have effective safety and health management systems that serve as models for other businesses.

Carolina and Public Sector Star sites are selected through an application process. Organizations applying for the recognition must fill out a multi-page, multi-question application including topics such as emergency programs and drills, employee participation, and injury and illness rates. Applicants also undergo an onsite evaluation including document review, a walk-through to identify hazards, and employee interviews.

[News release from Catawba County Government]