Minnesota Hazard Communication regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Minnesota Hazard Communication: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Employee Right-to-Know Act of 1983 (MN OSH Act), Minnesota Statutes Annotated 182.673, and regulations at Minnesota Rules (MR) 5206.0100 to 5206.2000

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Exceptions: MR 5206.0300

Physical and infectious agents: MR 5206.0500 and MR 5206.0600

Labeling requirements: MR 5206.1000 to 5206.1200


General industry (nonfarm) workplace training: MR 5206.0700

Farm workplace training and education: MR 5206.1700

Regulatory Agency

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

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Minnesota's hazard communication (HazCom) standard, or worker right-to-know, applies to both private and public sector workplaces. It is aimed at informing employees about the health hazards of the toxic chemicals and other harmful substances and agents in their workplaces. The state rule contains some requirements that are stricter than federal rules for employee training and labeling requirements. See the national section HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD for more information about federal requirements.

The state rules combine harmful physical agents and infectious agents with hazardous substance education and training, and require annual refresher training in addition to initial training. State rules also contain recordkeeping requirements. They apply to all workplaces in general industry, construction, maritime operations, mining and farming operations, and farm operations that include temporary labor camps with more than 10 employees. Exceptions apply to certain healthcare employees and waste service employers. There are ...

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