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Minnesota State Plan

Minnesota State Plan

Minnesota State Plan

[Minnesota]
Overview
  • Initial Approval: June 8, 1973 (38 FR 15077)
  • State Plan Certification: September 28, 1976 (41 FR 42659)
  • 18(e) Final Approval: July 30, 1985 (50 FR 30832), amended Jan. 17, 1997 (62 FR 2561) and June 9, 2000 (65 FR 36622)

The Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) is administered by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. The main office is located in St. Paul.

Coverage

The Minnesota State Plan applies to private sector workplaces in the state with the exception of:

  1. Offshore maritime employment;
  2. The enforcement of the field sanitation standard, 29 CFR 1928.110, and the enforcement of the temporary labor camps standard, 29 CFR 1910.142, with respect to any agricultural establishment where workers are engaged in "agricultural employment" within the meaning of the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, 29 U.S.C. 1802(3) – regardless of the number of workers – including workers engaged in hand packing of produce into containers, whether done on the ground, on a moving machine, or in a temporary packing shed, except that Minnesota retains enforcement responsibility over agricultural temporary labor camps for workers engaged in egg, poultry, or red meat production, or the post-harvest processing of agricultural or horticultural commodities;
  3. Any tribal or private sector employment within any Indian reservation in the state and employment at the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant;
  4. Federal government employers including the United States Postal Service.

Federal OSHA covers the issues not covered by the Minnesota State Plan except for the enforcement of the field sanitation and temporary labor camp standards which is the responsibility of the Wage-Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor. In addition, federal OSHA enforces the anti-retaliation provision of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 ("OSH Act"), Section 11(c), 29 USC 660(c), with respect to areas under federal jurisdiction described above. A brief summary of the Minnesota State Plan is included in the Code of Federal Regulations at 29 CFR 1952.8. Federal OSHA retains the authority to promulgate, modify, or revoke occupational safety and health standards under Section 6 of the OSH Act. In the event that federal OSHA resumes enforcement, those federal standards will be enforced. Federal OSHA also retains the authority to monitor the State Plan under Section 18(f) of the OSH Act.

Unique State Plan Standards

MNOSHA has adopted most OSHA standards by reference; however, the State Plan has also adopted unique standards, including but not limited to:

General Industry

  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Walking, Working Surfaces
  • Vent Pipe Outlets
  • Indoor Ventilation and Temperature in Places of Employment
  • Carbon Monoxide Monitoring
  • Illumination
  • Exit and Emergency Lighting
  • Ventilation for Garages
  • Platform Man-Lifts
  • Window Cleaning
  • Machine Guarding
  • Hazardous Substances
  • Harmful Physical Agents
  • Infectious Agents
  • Safe Patient Handling
  • A Workplace Accident and Injury Reduction (AWAIR) Program

Construction

  • Demolition
  • Spray Painting of Building Interiors
  • Wire Rope Clips
  • Walking, Working Surfaces
  • Carbon Monoxide Monitoring
  • Cranes, Hoists, and Derricks
  • Warning Signs at Construction or Engineering Projects
  • Sanitation
  • Motorized Self-Propelled Vehicles
  • Powered Industrial Trucks
  • Servicing Multi-piece and Single Piece Rim Vehicles
  • Operation of Mobile Earth-Moving Equipment
  • Elevating Work Platform Equipment
  • Hazardous Substances
  • Harmful Physical Agents
  • Infectious Agents
  • A Workplace Accident and Injury Reduction (AWAIR) Program

For more information, including a link to differences between federal OSHA and MNOSHA, please visit MNOSHA's website at http://www.dli.mn.gov/OSHA/Standards.asp.

Enforcement Programs

MNOSHA is responsible for the enforcement of the safety and health standards. The MNOSHA directives provide guidance for its enforcement program. Compliance officers inspect workplaces for hazardous conditions and issue citations where violations of MNOSHA standards are found. Inspections may be the result of regular scheduling, imminent danger reports, fatalities, and worker complaints, or referrals. For more information, please visit the Minnesota State Plan website.

Voluntary and Cooperative Programs

MNOSHA offers voluntary and cooperative programs that focus on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. MNOSHA also offers on-site consultation services which help employers comply with MNOSHA standards and identify and correct potential safety and health hazards. For more information on these programs, please visit the Minnesota State Plan website.

Informal Conferences and Appeals

MNOSHA management personnel conduct informal conferences in an effort to resolve contested cases. Cases not resolved by informal conferences are placed in contest and are scheduled for hearing before an administrative law judge. Any party to the case may request a further review by the Occupational Safety and Health Review Board. These decisions can be appealed to the state Court of Appeals. For more information on these proceedings, please visit the Minnesota State Plan website.

Contact Information

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA)
  • 443 Lafayette Road North
  • St. Paul, Minnesota 55155-4307
  • (651) 284-5050 | (877) 470-6742
  • (651) 284-5741

  • Ken Peterson, Commissioner
  • (651) 284-5010
  • (651) 284-5721
  • Cindy Valentine Workplace Safety Manager
  • (651) 284-5602
  • (651) 284-5724
  • James Krueger, Compliance Director MNOSHA Compliance
  • (651) 284-5462
  • (651) 284-5741

Disclaimer

OSHA makes every effort to ensure that this webpage is accurate and up-to-date; however, for the latest information please contact the State Plan directly.

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