Tag Archives: Minnesota OSHA

Minnesota Workplace Fatalities Up in 2012

Minnesota OSHA has updated the Fatality and Serious Injury Investigation Summary for 2012.  You can find it here. Seventy Minnesota workers never went home last year.  According to the US Census on Fatal Occupational Injuries, Minnesota had a preliminary 70 … Continue reading

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Minnesota OSHA Safety Lines available

The January issue of Minnesota OSHA’s Safety Lines newsletter is available online. This edition has information on OSHA inspections, MNOSHA’s five year strategic plan, important safety alerts and product recalls, the updated AWAIR, housekeeping chemicals and more. If you haven’t … Continue reading

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OSHA Recordkeeping – 2012 OSHA 300 Summaries should be posted

OSHA 300 logs must be completed and the summaries posted by Feb 1.  Here are a few pointers: If you had ten or more employees at any time during the year, complete the log. Record only cases where the employee … Continue reading

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Minnesota AWAIR Program

Minnesota has a requirement that certain industries must have “A Workplace Accident and Injury Reduction”(AWAIR) program.  This program serves as the basis for a good safety programs.  The program spells out: General policy statement about safety:  what are the company’s … Continue reading

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Minnesota AWAIR Program List Updated

Minnesota has published the proposed changes to the AWAIR (A Workplace Accident and Injury Reduction) program.  Every two years MN/OSHA reviews the list of industries required to have an AWAIR program. Some of the industries that were added to the … Continue reading

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Minnesota OSHA’s most frequently cited standards

Minnesota OSHA recently published their most frequently cited standards from 2011: After each federal-fiscal-year (October through September), Minnesota OSHA identifies which standards it cited most frequently. Three fact sheets, identifying citations in the construction industry, in general industry and combined, … Continue reading

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Free safety assistance in Minnesota

While we would love every company to hire us, we realize that resources (financial and personnel) are limited.  Best to spend your dollars and time wisely.  In Minnesota there are several non-enforcement resources available to small businesses: Fire assistance: Your … Continue reading

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GHS Arrives

As of June 1, 2015, material safety data sheets will be no more! But they aren’t quite disappearing entirely. They’re undergoing a name change and a major revamping. They’ll be called Safety Data Sheets instead. Chemical labels will change, too. … Continue reading

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Minnesota Workers Compensation Ombudsman

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has launched a Workers Compensation Ombudsman Program to provide support for employees (injured workers) and small businesses/employers. According to the Department of Labor and Industry press release,    The ombudsman assists small businesses … Continue reading

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Reporting near mishaps

The more incidents that occur that result in no injury or equipment damage, or only minor damage, the greater the likelihood of a serious incident occurring. One way to identify hazards is for employees to report near mishaps.  By tracking … Continue reading

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