Minnesota SDS laws & safety compliance analysis

Minnesota SDS: What you need to know

· Rules. Minnesota follows the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act rules for submitting MSDSs to emergency planning committees and fire departments. Facilities in Minnesota may submit MSDSs or a Hazardous Chemical Report (HCR) when reporting hazardous chemical information, as allowed by federal rules. If the facility owner or operator submits an MSDS instead of the HCR form, there is a fee for each MSDS submission. Stationary sources that apply for a registration permit must maintain MSDSs for VOC-containing or hazardous air pollutant-containing materials.

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Minnesota is one of 21 "state-plan" states; that is, it has a federally approved safety and health regulatory program, and has adopted appropriate laws and regulations. The state's rules govern MSDS requirements in both the private and public sectors. Minnesota's MSDS requirements are stricter than federal requirements because they cover harmful physical agents and infectious agents, as well as hazardous substances.

Bulk pesticide storage facilities must maintain MSDSs for all stored pesticides.

Since many of the requirements concerning MSDSs are those of the federal OSH Act, see the national section MSDS for a comprehensive discussion of the federal rules and a sample MSDS. Also see the state section HAZARD COMMUNICATION.

· Administration and enforcement. MERC administers MSDS requirements for community right-to-know. MPCA administers the MSDS requirements for stationary sources. MDLI administers and enforces workplace health, including MSDS compliance, in both the private and public sector workplaces. MDA administers the MSDS requirements for bulk pesticide storage facilities.

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