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Minnesota OSHA Compliance -- Construction Seminars

About the seminars

MNOSHA Construction Seminars

Minnesota OSHA's free Construction Seminars feature a presentation about a specific construction safety or health topic -- with time for questions, answers and input -- plus an update from MNOSHA Compliance about what's currently happening regarding investigations.

There is no fee for the seminars, but participants are still asked to pre-register for each seminar. Attendees are welcome to bring their own food and beverages.

Mark your calendars now and get placed on the seminar mailing list by calling (651) 284-5375 or emailing a request to osha.compliance@state.mn.us.

Location, format

The Construction Seminars are at the MnDOT Training and Conference Center, 1900 W. Cty. Road I, Shoreview, MN. The facility is state of the art and has plenty of free parking available for attendees. Directions and maps are available at www.dot.state.mn.us/hr/trngctr/contacts.html. Doors open at 6:30 a.m.; program begins at 7 a.m.

The seminars are presented in a panel discussion format. The Construction Seminar Steering Committee decided this format leads to better interaction with the audience, leading to a better understanding and more practical learning. This format provides a safe environment for participants to ask real worksite questions and get real worksite safety and health solutions.

Dates, topics for 2014/2015 season

Photo of sign; Danger, confined spaceSept. 16, 2014 -- Confined space in construction
What is a confined space in construction? What are the hazards of a confined space? Do I have to have a rescue plan or can I just call 911? The discussion
at this seminar will answer those questions and more, including what kind of rescue plan you should have in place.

  • Panel members:  Moderator -- Nancy Zentgraf, MNOSHA training and outreach director; Dean Johnson, Graham Construction Services;
    Thomas McDonough, special operations chief, St. Paul Fire
    Department; and Ron Anderson, MNOSHA industrial hygienist

  • View a presentation from the event

Photo, man wearing respiratorNov. 18, 2014 -- Exposure to silica; respirator programs
The discussion at this seminar will center around how workers are exposed to silica on construction sites. We'll talk about what can be done to help reduce and eliminate these hazards, including the proper and practical use of respirators. You'll also learn what MNOSHA Compliance is citing and what hazards are being found.

  • Panel members:  Moderator -- Ron Anderson, MNOSHA industrial hygienist; Don Garvey, 3M Personal Safety Division; and Dan Stephenson, Northland Concrete and Masonry

  • View a presentation from the event

Jan. 13, 2015 -- A Workplace Accident and Injury Reduction (AWAIR) program; basic safety programs
Photo of red three-ring binderEmployers in certain industries are required to develop written, comprehensive workplace safety and health programs. These employers must estabilish a written A Workplace Accident and Injury Reduction (AWAIR) program.

Attend this seminar to learn about the different elements of safety programs used to help assure worksite safety for employees. This seminar will go beyond the core requirements of an AWAIR program by discussing practical and useful safety ideas to help employers formulate a meaningful safety program. Learn what a successful safety program may look like by looking at what others use in the construction industry.

Our two panel members will talk about basic safety programs and their elements, as well as how you can have a successful safety program.

  • Panel members:  Terry Hukriede, Adolfson & Peterson safety director; Mike Seliga, Minnesota OSHA Workplace Safety Consultation industrial hygienist

  • Register to attend (free)

March 17, 2015 -- Residential fall-protection (Check back for more details)

May 19, 2015 -- Traffic control and workzone safety (Check back for more details)

More information, mailing list

For more information about the construction seminars or to be placed on the seminar mailing list, call
(651) 284-5375 (toll-free call 1-877-470-6742) or email osha.compliance@state.mn.us.

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