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About the seminars

Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA) Compliance'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

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 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.

2019/2020 seminars

Sept. 24, 2019 – Hazardous Substances on Site

At this Construction Seminar, we will discuss the responsibilities of various parties on a construction site when working with or encountering hazardous substances, such as lead or asbestos, including identification, notification, handling and training. Learn what you should do if you are working near another contractor using a hazardous material.

Presenter:  Ron Anderson, health supervisor, Minnesota OSHA Compliance

Nov. 12, 2019 – Understanding the AWAIR requirement:  More than a program on the shelf

Discussion at this Construction Seminar will focus on the elements of and value in the A Workplace Accident and Injury Reduction (AWAIR) program requirement, plus explain the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes and how employers are included on the list. Learn how an AWAIR program is not just an exercise to complete and store on a shelf, what citations are issued regarding AWAIR programs and where to get help.

Presenters:  Robert Balsavich and Lisa Perzichilli, principal safety investigators, Minnesota OSHA Compliance; and Scott Huberty, risk management consultant, Mackinaw Administrators, LLC

Jan. 21, 2020 – Advanced safety and health recognition opportunities with MNOSHA Compliance

Both Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA) Compliance and MNOSHA Workplace Safety Consultation offer programs where they work with employers that want their worksite to go beyond compliance with safety and health standards to achieve long-term prevention of job-related injuries and illnesses.

Attendees at this Construction Seminar learned more about Cooperative Compliance Partnerships, the Minnesota Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (MNSHARP) and MNSHARP Construction, and how these programs benefit participating employers. Fatalities in the construction industry were also discussed.

Presenters:  Mike Barthen, management analyst – Minnesota OSHA Compliance; Lisa Hollingsworth, principal safety investigator, MNOSHA partnerships – Minnesota OSHA Compliance; and Mike Seliga, consultant, MNSHARP Construction – Minnesota OSHA Workplace Safety Consultation

May 19, 2020 – Cranes in construction (rescheduled from March 31)

Cranes are common on many construction sites in a variety of sizes and capacities. There are significant safety issues to be considered for the operators, the riggers and signal persons, the jobsite supervisors and managers, and the other trade partners in proximity to the diverse devices.

Attend this Construction Seminar for an update about the crane standard for construction in Minnesota. Learn what common crane hazards are often found on construction sites and how to eliminate them through best practices.

Presenter:  Doug Swenson, director, Safety and Field Training, Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Minnesota

More information, mailing list

For more information or to be placed on the seminar mailing list, contact us at 651-284-5375, 877-470-6742 or

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