This rule governs the required reporting of industrial diseases, illnesses, and injuries that are dangerous to the public health. The rule amendment proposes to add Carbon Monoxide (CO) to the list of reportable illnesses. CO poisoning incidents are totally preventable; yet each year North Carolinians are getting sick and dying from CO poisoning.
Although the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch monitors CO poisoning throughout the state, we currently do not capture all cases because many CO poisoning victims do not visit the emergency department or call the Carolinas Poison Center. For example, cases seen by private physicians, outpatient clinics, and urgent care clinics are not captured in the emergency departments' data.
Public health currently does not have data on the main sources causing CO poisoning and the circumstances surrounding these incidents, including equipment details if incidents occur at the workplace.
A public hearing will be held on September 20, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in the Cardinal Room, located at 5605 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27609.
|Proposed Rule:||10A NCAC 41C .0702
(Notice Date: 08/01/16)
The public comment period is from August 2, 2016 to September 30, 2016. Comments for this rule will not be accepted after September 30, 2016.
Chris G. Hoke, JD
1931 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1931