Minnesota OSHA: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Act (MNOSH Act) of 1973, Minnesota Statutes Annotated (MSA) 182.65 et seq., and regulations at Minnesota Rules (MR) 5205.0010 to 5205.1400

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A workplace accident and injury reduction (AWAIR) program, North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes: MR 5208.1500


Employee refusal to work: MSA 182.654

Hazard communication (worker right-to-know): MSA 182.673 and regulations at MR 5206.0100 to 5206.2000

Covered employers: MSA 182.651

Injury and illness recordkeeping: MR 5205.0010

Regulatory Agency

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (MDLI) Minnesota OSHA Compliance (MNOSHA)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Minnesota is among the "state plan" states, which means it has received federal approval for its workplace safety and health regulatory program governing both private and public sector workplaces. Minnesota has adopted many of the federal standards by reference.

Minnesota has adopted several workplace safety and health requirements that are stricter than federal rules, including provisions for cranes in construction, employee refusal to work, injury and illness recordkeeping, material handling (including forklifts), permissible exposure limits, and personal protective equipment. The state's hazard communication standard, or worker "right-to-know" rule, contains additional employee training, communication, and material safety data sheet requirements. For information, see the state sections HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD and MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET.

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