Tag Archives: MNOSHA

OSHA issues Safety Alert on Forklifts

Do you have employees who operate forklifts or work around forklifts? In Fiscal Year 2018, in Minnesota alone, MNOSHA investigated five serious injuries involving a body part (hand, leg, arm, foot) being hit by or run over by a forklift. … Continue reading

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OSHA New Injury Reporting Requirement

Federal OSHA has implemented new injury reporting requirements as of January 1, 2015:  you must report any fatality to OSHA within 8 hours (that has not changed).  In-patient hospitalization of one employee (used to be three employees), amputation or loss … Continue reading

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Job Hazard Analysis: Make them work for you

We are back to writing our blog after a summer hiatus (well, and finishing up a couple of big projects). We often have companies ask about Job Hazard Analyses (JHA).  First, what it is: whether you call it a JHA … Continue reading

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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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An Emerging Workplace Threat: MRSA

The threat of MRSA, a very nasty resilient infection (which led to the amputation of our father’s leg) is very real.  The cost of having an employee seen by a physician (preferably an occupational health physician) is miniscule compared to … 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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MNOSHA To Put Compliance and Standard Guidelines On Its Website

OSHA standards, as written, don’t include a lot of explanation or interpretation. Federal OSHA writes interpretations, compliance directives, and interpretative guidelines to provide direction to compliance staff and employers. Minnesota OSHA does the same. Federal OSHA publishes that information on … 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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Safety tip: Reporting an accident

Employers are required by law to report occupational accidents – in which an employee is killed or three or more are hospitalized – to OSHA within eight hours.  You must also report a serious (possibly life threatening) accident to Minnesota … Continue reading

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