MNOSHA Compliance: Construction Seminars
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.
Mark your calendars now and subscribe to the Construction Seminar email list to receive notice about the events.
Location, time, format
The Construction Seminars are now being offered both in person and virtually. The in-person location is the MnDOT Training and Conference Center, 1900 W. Cty. Road I, Shoreview, MN. There is free parking; directions and maps are available at www.dot.state.mn.us/hr/trngctr/contacts.html. A link to attend virtually via Microsoft Teams will be posted with the information below.
Construction Seminars are 7 to 8:30 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.
2022/2023 seminar dates, topics
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022; New hires: What do you do with them?
This topic kicked off the free 2022/2023 Construction Seminar season. Attendees heard ideas about what to cover with new employees on their first day and beyond. The discussion focused on new-employee orientation and what one contractor covers on-site for its employees.
Presenter: Cory Dukowitz, safety manager, Rice Companies
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022; How to build an effective safety program in construction
A Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA) Workplace Safety Consultation consultant discussed the elements of the A Workplace Accident and Injury Reduction (AWAIR) plan, safety audits, emergency responses and safety committees, plus how to document a safety program. And a contractor talked about their safety program, how they keep it alive and how it is working – daily scrum meetings, toolbox talks, orientations and more.
Presenters: Kyle Casey, principal, MNOSHA Workplace Safety Consultation; Steve Dresler, safety manager, Marcus Construction
Presentation: Effective safety programs
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023; Equipping your teams to destigmatize mental health
In 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the construction industry had one of the highest rates of worker death by suicide. Contractors, supervisors, workers, industry stakeholders and project owners must work together to stand up for suicide prevention by raising awareness, knowing the warning signs and educating others. Focusing on total human health – body, mind, heart and spirit – is imperative in the construction industry. Construction workers work with tools every day and it is time to give them the tools they need to address mental health.
Presenter: Greg Sizemore, vice president of Health, Safety, Environment and Workforce Development, Associated Builders and Contractors
Presentation: Mental health issues in construction: Why mental health matters
Tuesday, March 21, 2023; Worker protection in trenches
Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA) Compliance conducted an in-person Construction Seminar, "Worker protection in trenches," Tuesday, March 21, beginning at 7 a.m.
The time to think about worker protection in trenches is before the digging begins. Every year, employees are rescued or recovered from excavations. MNOSHA Compliance, along with the Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety, presented information about OSHA excavation and trenching standards, methods used to evaluate excavations, damage prevention and the role of the Office of Pipeline Safety.
Presenters: Lee Craig, principal safety investigator, MNOSHA Compliance; and Mike Mendiola, Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety
Tuesday, May 16, 2023; Fall protection: What does it take to be safe at heights?
This Construction Seminar, from Minnesota OSHA Compliance, focused on fall protection on construction worksites. The in-person seminar included on-site, hands-on fall protection demonstrations with a specialized vehicle from 3M (view the 3M flyer).
Participants watched actual drop-tests with force-measuring instruments to help workers understand the basics of the arresting forces they may experience during a fall.
Presenter: Matt R. Jensen, U.S. fall protection sales manager, 3M
View past presentations
Fatalities in the construction industry (Jan. 21, 2020; Advanced safety and health recognition opportunities with MNOSHA Compliance)
Minnesota OSHA partnership programs (Jan. 21, 2020; Advanced safety and health recognition opportunities with MNOSHA Compliance)
Subpart X, Stairway and ladder requirements (Nov. 20, 2018; Ladder and Stair Requirements)
Respiratory protection programs (Sept. 18, 2017; Respiratory protection)
Respiratory crystalline silica (May 16, 2017; OSHA's silica standard)
Excavation and trenching safety (March 21, 2017; Excavation safety)
Confined space in construction (March 15, 2016; Confined space in construction: The new confined-space standard, subpart AA)
Silica and respirators (Nov. 18, 2014; Exposure to silica; respirator programs)