A partnership is a voluntary agreement between the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Division of OSHA and general contractors of a construction site project that lasts a specified period of time. It is designed to encourage, assist and recognize efforts to eliminate serious hazards and achieve a high degree of worker safety and health.

SC OSHA assists partners in the reduction of injuries and illnesses through the long-term development of effective safety and health management systems that address hazards in accordance with the OSH Act. A partnership must meet established measurements which are verified through quarterly joint inspections and documentation provided by the partner at least monthly. The partnership ends one month after project completion or termination by either party with a 30-day notice of intent.

Due to length of time and manpower involved with each partnership, only a limited number are allowed at any one time. Partnership agreements include sections on purpose and scope, objectives and measures, participation criteria, statement of agreement, evaluation criteria, inspections, termination and suspension, and project safety and analysis.