Safety Education & Training

NC Industrial Commission Safety Education Section

Who We Are

The accident prevention and safety services offered by the Safety Education Section of the North Carolina Industrial Commission are established to provide competent, practical instruction in accident prevention and workers' compensation. The courses and workshops are designed for the supervisor and employee in the interest of reducing accidents and their cost in North Carolina. Our schedule offers professional programs with experienced safety consultants of the Industrial Commission as instructors.

A Legislative-mandated Fee Schedule is now in effect. (See Fee Schedule ). Programs are scheduled to meet the production needs of client companies.

Note: So that we can meet your needs, we request as much lead time as possible be given for course scheduling. Call your area Safety Consultant for more information and scheduling.

Safety News & Information

Workplace Violence Prevention Workshop

The Central Peidmont Safety Council will hold a Workplace Violence Prevention Workshop Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 8:00 AM to Noon at the Davidson County Health Department located at 915 Greensboro St., Lexington, NC. Please CLICK HERE for the registration form.

Statewide Safety Conference

Joseph S. Koury Convention CenterThe 80th Annual N.C. Statewide Safety Conference will be held on May 11-14, 2010 at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, NC.

Here's the information you'll need to attend:
Invitation Letter from Chair Pam Young
Shearaton Hotel Reservation Form
Exhibitor Application Form
Exhibitor Rules & Information
Exhibit Floor Plan Layout

North Carolina Safety Talk Conference

NEW! The North Carolina Safety Talk Contest Brochure is now available. Please
click on this link for more information.

New Online Safety Training Calendar

Visit our new Online Safety Training Calendar to see what course offerings we have coming up! You can register online, too, by clicking on the link for the course you want to attend.


The Safety Education Section offers programs that provide instruction in safety and workers compensation concepts designed to raise awareness in workplace safety and instruct citizens so they may be more productive and promote safety in their work environment. Please see below.

Accident Prevention Certificate Awareness Program (APCAP)

This program is designed for awareness of safety as it relates to Accident Prevention. The training is focused towards reducing Workers’ Compensation claims and costs. The target audience is safety and health managers and employees, plant and facility employees, maintenance staff, individuals new to the field and experienced safety & health professionals looking to expand their awareness. There are two courses to complete the Program: the Basic 30-hour Course and the Advanced Course.

The Safety Education Section will present its first 30-Hour Accident Prevention Certificate Awareness Program for 2010 beginning February 22-26, 2010 for Basic and February 22-23, 2010 for Advanced in Manteo, NC. See the dates & Locations below to register for these courses.

Click on the links below for Brochures & Agendas or to register:

Basic 30-Hr. Course  Brochure   Agenda   Registration
    Advanced Course  Brochure   Agenda   Registration

Course Date(s) Location

Register Here for This Course
Monday, February 22-26 (5 days) MANTEO, NC
Dare County Administration Bldg.
954 Marshall C Collins Drive
Room 168
Manteo, NC 27954

Register Here for This Course
Monday, February 22-23 (2 days) MANTEO, NC
Dare County Administration Bldg.
Room 238

Please Note: There will be a $4.00 per person charge for the Basic 30-Hour APCAP Course, payable at the workshop, to cover the cost of the defensive driving course book.


We offer a number courses designed to provide instruction in accident prevention, CPR & First Aid, Defensive Driving, Workers Compensation awareness and much more. These workshops are professional programs, with experienced safety representatives from the Industrial Commission serving as instructors. There is no registration fee or instruction charge for the courses, with exception of First Aid/CPR ($18.00 per person)
and Defensive Driving ($4.00 per person). Please see below.

Accident Prevention Course

Directed at first-line supervisors and managers, this course places special emphasis on workers’ compensation, accident prevention, work habits and supervisory methods needed to reach a goal of accident- and injury-free performance.

Accident Investigation Course

This training is for all first-line supervisors and managers who are responsible for accident and workers’ compensation reporting. The course covers the principles of investigation, basic questions to ask, and how to use the report to eliminate the causes of accidents.

First Aid and CPR Courses

The N.C. Industrial Commission also offers the National Safety Council’s (NSC) Standard First Aid and CPR course. The 10-hour presentation is taught at the employer site. An NSC Standard First Aid and CPR textbook is required for each student. The course is excellent first aid and CPR training for employees with a clear, detailed text supplemented by visual aids. The Industrial Commission has a class minimum of 15 students. NSC Standard First Aid and CPR textbooks must be ordered at the time of scheduling through the safety representative. NSC First Aid and CPR Certificates are issued to those satisfactorily completing the course.

Note: Beginning January 2010, the Infant/Pediatric CPR/First Aid will be available in addition to the standard Adult course.

Forklift Safety Course

This course on the safe operation of powered industrial trucks is for operators of forklift trucks and supervisors and managers of operations where forklift trucks are used. Assistance will be provided to employers in setting up a skills demonstration and evaluation course, but the skills and evaluation testing will be performed under the direction and guidelines of the client employer.

National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course

The NSC Defensive Driving Course is a four-hour classroom course. The objectives of the course are:
   To increase the participants’ knowledge of defensive driving skills,
   To motivate participants to take personal responsibility for their own driving behavior, and ultimately,
   To change driving behavior.

NSC Defensive Driving Course Books must be ordered at the time of scheduling. Certificates will be issued to those successfully completing the course. Call Mel Harmon at (919) 218-3374 to schedule the NSC Defensive Driving Course.

Workers’ Compensation Course

This course for supervisors, managers, and personnel managing employee injuries is designed to assist employers in reducing the number and cost of workers’ compensation claims. The course reviews workers’ compensation definitions, benefits, procedures, and responsibilities of the employee and the employer. We recommend the course to all employers. Two hours’ time is needed to present this material. For maximum benefit, three hours should be scheduled to allow time for questions and discussion.

Additional Employee Courses

We offer additional courses based on specific jobs situations or hazards. Please contact us if you are interested in any of the courses listed below.

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Chlorine Safety
  • Confined Space
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders
  • Electrical Safety
  • Eye Safety
  • Fall Protection
  • Fire Safety
  • Hand Safety
  • Hazcom Safety
  • Job Safety Analysis
  • Lifting Safety
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Respirator Fit Testing
  • Respiratory Protection Safety
  • Safety Attitude
  • Slips, Trips and Falls
  • Welding, Cutting, and Brazing Safety

Contact The Safety Education Section

Here are the numbers to contact the Safety Education Section of the Industrial Commission:

EMAIL:     PHONE:  (919) 807-2603     FAX:  (919) 715-0280

NC Industrial Commission General Contact Information can be found HERE

Safety Representatives

Below is a list of the Safety Education personnel and their areas of responsibility. To schedule educational and training services, please contact your area representative. NC Safety Regions

Title Name Email Phone
Safety Education
Dennis Parnell (919) 807-2602
(919) 218-3000 (Cell)
Program Assistant Kimberly Nadeau (919) 807-2603
Western Carolina Area and APCAP and APW Coordinator Randy Cranfill (919) 218-2986
Southeastern Area and HAZWOPER Trainer Markus Elliot (919) 810-5788
Central Piedmont Area James Gilreath (919) 218-7085
Defensive Driving and Work Zone Traffic Instructor Mel Harmon (919) 218-3374
Mid-State Area and Water/Wastewater Coordinator Eric Johnson (919) 218-3567
Blue Ridge Area and Southern/Western Piedmont Areas & Infant/Pediatric CPR/FA Coordinator Michael Nance (919) 218-9047
Eastern Carolina Area and Northeastern Area and Eastern Defensive Driving Instructor Alvin Scott (919) 218-2792

New Fee Schedule

Safety Education Section Announces New Fee Schedule
Beginning December 1, 2009, the Safety Section will be required to collect a reasonable fee for services pursuant to the Appropriations Act of 2009, Section 14.8, General Statute Section 97-73

Click Here for the Press Release

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Safety Bulletins

The NCIC Safety Education Section periodically publishes Safety Bulletins. Get them here!

January 2010

December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
June/July 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009

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Safety Committees

Industrial Commission safety representatives are available to work with safety committees of North Carolina employers. The motivational programs focus on accident prevention on the job and in the home. Please contact us for details.

NC Safety Councils

The Industrial Commission Safety Section sponsors eight Regional Safety Councils that serve the one hundred counties of North Carolina. Each council plans and presents programs that assist NC industry in achieving successful safety, health and accident prevention programs. Click the links below for information on each Council:

Western Carolina Safety Council
Western Piedmont Safety Council
Blue Ridge Safety Council
Central Piedmont Safety Council
Mid-State Safety Council
Southeastern Safety Council
Eastern Carolina Safety Council
Northeastern Safety Council

There are always new progams sposored by the Councils. Click the links below to download PDF versions of the latest upcoming programs.

Upcoming Programs

Since the first council was organized in 1930, each council has met quarterly and many have conducted an annual workshop on accident prevention in their area of the state. Upcoming regional safety council programs include:

November 10th

2009 Safety and Health Workshop, sponsored by the Eastern Carolina Safety Council, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Wilson County Agricultural Center, 1806 South Goldsboro Street, Wilson, NC 27893.

Safety Talk Contests

Each council sponsors a Regional Safety Talk Contest, with the winner representing the council at the annual Statewide Safety Talk Contest at the N.C. Statewide Safety Conference. The 80th Annual N.C. Statewide Safety Conference will be held on May 11-14, 2010 at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center.

Lifesaving Awards

Each regional council presents annual Lifesaving Awards. For award procedures and standards, click here. For a nomination form, click here.

For More Information on Regional Councils please Contact Us

Safety Brochures
& Flyers

The Safety Training & Education Section offers the following brochures and flyers, listed here in one location for your convenience. You may click on the links below to view the related item or right-click on the links to download them. Questions or comments? Please contact the Safety section by email at or you may call us at (919) 807-2603.
Safety Services & Fees Brochure
80th Statewide Safety Conference
Regional Safety Brochures:
2009 Western Region Brochure
2007 Western Brochure
2009 Blue Ridge Brochure
2009 Central Piedmont Brochure
   (C. P. Membership Application)
2009 Mid-State Brochure
2009 Southeastern Brochure
2007 Eastern Carolina Brochure
2009 Northeastern Brochure
NEW! North Carolina Safety Talk Contest Brochure
Accident Prevention In The Workplace
Defensive Driving Courses
Hazardous Waste Operations Brochure
Water & Wastewater Courses Brochure