Minnesota Inspections laws & safety compliance analysis

Minnesota Inspections : What you need to know

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Minnesota state agencies are permitted, and in some cases required, to conduct inspections under state hazardous materials transportation regulations.

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See the TABLE for hazardous materials transportation state agency inspection requirements.

Minnesota is a “state plan” state; that is, it has a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Both public and private sector employers are governed by state work safety requirements. The state’s requirements for safety and health inspections of general industry workplaces by regulatory agencies follow the federal rules.

See the national section INSPECTIONS for federal inspection requirements.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) regulates hazardous materials transporters in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Compliance enforces the workplace safety and health inspection requirements in Minnesota.

State Requirements
TABLE: AGENCY INSPECTIONS—HAZARDOUS MATERIALS MOTOR CARRIERS
Item Frequency
Hazardous waste, hazardous materials, and hazardous substances—Motor carriers Minnesota Statutes Annotated 221.037, Subdivision 2 MnDOT may enter, at a reasonable time and place, any vehicle, cargo tank, or other container used to transport hazardous materials, hazardous substances, or hazardous waste, and any TSDF or other place where the materials, substances, or waste are or have been generated, stored, treated, disposed of, or transported from. They may inspect the vehicle, cargo tank, or container, and obtain samples of the materials, substances, or waste and samples of the containers or labeling of the materials, substances, or waste.

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