Minnesota Right to Know/ Hazard Communication laws & HR compliance analysis

Minnesota Right to Know/ Hazard Communication: What you need to know

Hazard communication standards, or worker “right-to-know” laws, regulate how information about workplace chemical hazards is communicated to employees. As with most workplace health and safety standards, state worker right-to-know laws have developed in large part according to standards adopted under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
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Minnesota has its own federally approved workplace safety and health regulatory program. Minnesota has adopted the federal safety and health standards, but has created its own worker right-to-know law (MN Rules Sec. 5206.0100et seq.) that governs private businesses and public (government offices and operations) sector workplaces.
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 require labeling of certain physical hazards, and records for employee training. The rules 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.
Physical and infectious substances are covered. The Minnesota law covers harmful physical agents and infectious substances in addition to hazardous chemical substances. Covered physical agents include heat, noise, and radiation. The regulation contains a detailed list of covered infectious agents, mostly found in healthcare-related settings. Covered infectious agents include workplace exposure to communicable bacterium, rickettsia, parasites, virus, or fungus that causes substantial acute or ...

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