Minnesota Safety and Health laws & HR compliance analysis

Minnesota Safety and Health: What you need to know

Minnesota is one of 21 so-called “state-plan” states that have adopted appropriate laws and regulations, have gained approval from federal authorities, and now operate their own safety and health regulatory programs. Minnesota has adopted the federal standards in their entirety, and it has extended its enforcement authority beyond private business to the public sector, as well. The state has additional safety and health requirements of its own.
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The Minnesota DLI and the Bureau of Mediation Services have developed a joint program designed to provide expert assistance to employers in their efforts to develop and administer labor-management safety and health committees. Requests for assistance must come from both labor and management representatives at the worksite. Available services include interpretation of OSHA standards, training in self-inspection techniques, and help preparing and/or presenting specific training and education programs. Through this assistance, employers can reduce the frequency and severity of workplace injuries and illnesses.
MNSTAR is modeled on the OSHA VPP program. More than a dozen large companies in Minnesota have achieved Star status. Minnesota DLI staff will spend about 4 days on-site to determine if the facility applying for Star status meets the MNSTAR requirements. Documents and programs typically requested during a MNSTAR on-site review, depending on size, include:
· OSHA log and workers’ compensation First Report of Injury forms for the last 3 to 4 years and the current year-to-date hours worked
· Comprehensive health and safety surveys ...

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