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.
The Minnesota State Plan applies to private sector workplaces in the state with the exception of:
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.
MNOSHA has adopted most OSHA standards by reference; however, the State Plan has also adopted unique standards, including but not limited to:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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