Minnesota Safety Plans: What you need to know

Many employers in Minnesota must establish a written Workplace Accident and Injury Reduction (AWAIR) program. Employers identified by North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes listed in the AWAIR regulation must develop and implement the program.

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Employers covered under AWAIR rules and insured under workers’ compensation policies have the right to receive safety and occupational health loss control consultation services from the policy insurer by requesting the services in writing.

MN Stat. 182.653 and MN Rules (MR) 5208.0010 to 5208.1500

Employers in certain NAICS codes must develop and implement a written AWAIR program. The NAICS list is located in the regulations at MR 5208.1500, and includes industries with an incidence rate or a severity rate above the Minnesota average. The list includes employers in health services, special and wholesale trade contractors, business services, trucking and warehousing, manufacturing (durable, nondurable, and fabricated metal), food services, industrial machinery, and educational services.

Also, every employer required by law to establish and administer a joint labor-management safety and health committee must establish an AWAIR program.

The written AWAIR program must include specific actions designed to reduce the incidence of workplace accidents and injuries to employees. “Employees” include independent contractors and subcontractors in construction activities.

The program must describe:

  • How managers, supervisors, and employees are responsible for implementing the program and how continued participation of management will be established, measured, and maintained
  • The methods used to identify, analyze, and ...

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