Minnesota Hazard Communication laws & safety compliance analysis

Minnesota Hazard Communication : What you need to know

· 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.

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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 additional state requirements for material safety data sheets. See the state section MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET for more information.

Training and education requirements for hazardous substance handlers on farms are stricter than federal standards.

· Administration and enforcement. MDLI administers the HazCom rule in private and public sector workplaces.

EXCEPTIONS
MR 5206.0300

Technically qualified laboratory and healthcare workers. Technically qualified individuals (physician, dentist, pharmacist, or lead research person) in a research laboratory, medical research laboratory, medical diagnostic or medical educational laboratory, healthcare ...


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