Minnesota Hazard Communication laws & safety compliance analysis

Minnesota Hazard Communication : What you need to know

Comparison: State vs. Federal

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.

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The state rules combine harmful physical agents and infectious agents with hazardous substance education and training, and they 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.

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

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (MDLI) administers the HazCom rule in private and public sector workplaces.

State Requirements
Minnesota Rules (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 facility, clinic associated with a laboratory or healthcare facility, or pharmacy are exempt from the hazard communication requirements of the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health (MN OSH) Act.

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