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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.

New! 2015/2016 dates announced; mark your calendar

  • Sept. 15, 2015
  • Nov. 17, 2015
  • Jan. 19, 2016
  • March 15, 2016
  • May 17, 2016

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

Photo, man wearing fall protection on a roofMarch 17, 2015 -- Residential fall-protection
Falls are the leading cause of death for workers engaged in residential
construction. An average of 40 workers in the U.S. are killed each year as a
result of falls from residential roofs, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor

Residential construction employers generally must ensure employees
working six feet or more above lower levels are protected by conventional
fall protection -- such as guardrail, safety net or personal fall-arrest systems --
or other fall protection measures as allowed in 1926.501(b).

This free Construction Seminar will present the MNOSHA requirements
construction employers must meet to help keep residential construction
workers from falling, plus ideas and anchor products available for fall
prevention in residential construction.

  • Panel members:  Lee Craig, Minnesota OSHA Compliance safety investigator; Jason Giefer, Capital Safety territory sales manager

Photo, traffic control signsMay 19, 2015 -- Traffic control and workzone safety
When traveling in Minnesota, there is often some type of road construction happening with temporary traffic control that is some combination of signs, orange cones or barrels, flag people, cement barriers or winding marked zones that require careful navigation.

While the primary function of temporary traffic control is to provide for the safe movement of vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians, transportation accidents and workers being struck by vehicles or mobile equipment account for the highest number of occupational fatalities, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

During this free program, Minnesota OSHA Compliance and other speakers will identify the hazards for those working in and around traffic, and discuss ways to set up traffic control workzones to assure employee safety.

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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