Minnesota OSHA laws & HR compliance analysis

Minnesota OSHA: What you need to know

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) is “preemptive;” that is, it overrides state laws and regulations in the areas it covers. Under the OSH Act, individual states may devise and administer their own standards, but only with federal approval and only if the applicable state requirements are as stringent as the corresponding federal standards. The OSH Act applies only to private sector employers in states without approved safety and health plans. Public sector employers (state and municipal governments, schools, commissions, etc.) are covered under state or local laws, or they are not covered at all.
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Minnesota is among the “state-plan” states, which means it has received federal approval for its state regulatory program, called the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Act (MN Stat. Sec. 182.65et seq.; MN Rules Sec. 5205.0010et seq.), governing both private and public workplaces. The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry administers the Act. Minnesota's standards are in most important respects identical to those established by the federal government, with several additional requirements.
Minnesota has several requirements that are stricter than standards adopted under the federal law, including provisions for confined spaces, foot-activated machinery, material handling (forklifts), permissible exposure limits, personal protective equipment, and grease racks and hoists. A special safety and health poster must be displayed in every workplace. The state's hazard communication standard, or worker “right-to-know” rule, contains several additional training and communication requirements. Additional information about the hazard communication standard is ...

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