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Minnesota OSHA Compliance -- Who gets inspected?

Minnesota OSHA Compliance logoHow do we decide who to inspect?

Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA) Compliance conducts more than 2,500 enforcement inspections each year. With approximately 180,000 worksites in Minnesota on any given day, how can you figure out if your company is likely to be inspected?

MNOSHA Compliance will give priority to an inspection if:

  • someone sees or reports an imminent danger;
  • an employee has died at work;
  • more than three employees have been hospitalized following a workplace incident;
  • an employee has complained to MNOSHA about a safety or health hazard; or
  • the company is in an industry with high injury, illness and workers' compensation rates.

Industries with high injury, illness and workers' compensation rates include:

  • manufacturing; and
  • construction, including demolition, bridge work, fall hazards and roofing work.

The U.S. Department of Labor and MNOSHA have identified industries where employees are likely to be exposed to hazards that might lead to injury. The two agencies work cooperatively to improve safety in these areas by focusing their inspection activities on these industries:

  • occupations where employees might suffer amputations during work;
  • worksites where employees are exposed to combustible dust, lead, silica, isocyanates or hexavalent chromium;
  • health care;
  • trenching and excavation work;
  • window washing;
  • grain handling; and
  • meatpacking facilities.

If your company is in one of these areas, what can you do?

  • Ask questions -- Contact MNOSHA Compliance at (651) 284-5050 or osha.compliance@state.mn.us.

  • Get help -- Contact MNOSHA Workplace Safety Consultation at (651) 284-5060 or osha.consultation@state.mn.us. Workplace Safety Consultation provides free safety and health consultations at your worksite. The consultants can help you identify hazards and fix them before they are a problem.

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