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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 and 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 Construction Seminars are set up for interaction with the audience, leading to better understanding of the topic and more practical learning, and providing a safe environment for participants to ask real worksite questions and get real worksite safety and health solutions.

2017/2018 dates, tropics

Respirator on manSept. 19, 2017:  New construction silica standard
Due to the exceptional number of people who attended the May 2017 Construction Seminar about this topic, MNOSHA Compliance is hosting a follow-up session to address questions and concerns that remain about the enforcement of this new standard and what must be done to be in

The new silica standard will be reviewed again, with discussion about permissible exposure limit, sampling, required engineering controls,
respirator use, a written exposure control plan, medical exams for highly exposed workers and the use of Table 1 -- Exposure control methods.

Three vendors will display and discuss their equipment that helps employers comply with the standard:  Esch Construction Supply, Inc.; Hilti; and Nilfisk.

  • Speaker:  Ron Anderson, CIH, MNOSHA Compliance supervisor

Worker on a roof wearing fall protectionNov. 21, 2017 -- Fall protection
Falls from elevated work surfaces -- including scaffolding, ladders, beams,
residential roofs, open excavations and more -- account for about one-third of the fatalities in the construction industry in the United States, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Falls are preventable when the right fall protection is used.

Attend this seminar for a discussion about the many types of fall hazards construction workers are exposed to, how to recognize the hazards and how to prevent workers from falling.


Jan. 16, 2018 -- Cranes and rigging
Planning a crane liftHoisting large, heavy loads is crucial to today's construction industry. During this seminar, we will discuss the crane standard, rigging and planning for your next critical lift. There are significant safety issues that must be considered for the operators and workers in proximity to the crane. As new technology continues to be developed for these operations, extensive worksite planning, operator certification and employee training need to occur to ensure these complicated lifts are performed safely.

The good, the bad and the ugly graphicMarch 20, 2018 -- The good, the bad and the ugly:  Best practices in construction safety

In the field, Minnesota OSHA Compliance has the opportunity to witness the best safety and health practices in use today ... and also the worst! Participants at this Construction Seminar will see a series of photos detailing both best practices and poor attempts. See the best and worst of fall protection, excavation and other construction hazards.

  • Speaker:  Lisa Hollingsworth, principal safety investigator,
    Minnesota OSHA Compliance


May 15, 2018 -- Asbestos in construction

Danger, Asbestos signAsbestos is well-recognized and its use is highly regulated by many state agencies. This Construction Seminar will feature speakers from Minnesota OSHA, the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Each agency will provide an overview of their regulatory requirements about asbestos and answer questions from the audience.

  • Speakers:  Ron Anderson, Minnesota OSHA Compliance; Colin Boyson, Minnesota Department of Health; and Kit Grayson, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

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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