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Minnesota OSHA Compliance -- MN ABC and MNOSHA construction partnership

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) signed a major safety initiative in March 2006, designed to reduce the number of injuries, illnesses and fatalities at participant construction industry employers. The partnership was revised in 2012 and jointly agreed upon by the Minnesota Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (MN ABC) and Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA).

The specific goals of the partnership
To reduce by 3 percent annually (see MNOSHA's strategic plan) the number of injuries, illnesses and fatalities affecting participant employers, with a focus on eliminating injuries and fatalities resulting from those hazards that are the four leading causes of death on construction sites (falls, struck-by, caught in or between, and electrocutions).
To increase the number of construction contractors that implement effective safety and health programs and provide effective safety and health training for management, supervisors and employees.
To recognize those contractors where managers and employees work together to develop safety and health management systems that go beyond basic compliance with all applicable OSHA standards and result in immediate and long-term prevention of job-related injuries and illnesses.
To promote open lines of communication between MNOSHA and the construction industry in pursuit of safety.

The partnership between MNOSHA and MN ABC acknowledges the importance of providing a safe, healthful work environment in construction and seeks a working relationship that creates mutual trust and respect among all parties -- including project owners and construction workers -- involved in the construction process.

The three participant award levels of the partnership program are:

  • Level 1 -- the basic level, for applicants wanting to meet the basic minimum requirements of a safety and health program;

  • Level 2 -- the intermediate level, for applicants desiring a more comprehensive safety and health program; and

  • Level 3 -- the peak level, for applicants striving to be an industry leader with a very comprehensive safety and health program.
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