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Important Upcoming MN OSHA Changes

MN OSHA is planning a significant penalty increase. To ensure our clients are well informed about the upcoming MN OSHA changes, we have compiled a list below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your OECS Safety Associate.

Changes Effective July 1, 2023

  • Employers and their representatives, including management, attorneys and consultants may not be present for an employee interview.

Citation Information:
  • Public data after 20 days of receipt of citation;
  • Includes employer’s name, address, address of worksite, date of inspection, date of the citation, standard alleged to have been violated, the severity of the citation, the description of the violation, the proposed abatement date and proposed penalty.
Contestation of Time for Correction: 
  • Period to fix a correction does not run for a violation that is not serious, willful or repeat until Commissioner’s Order is final.
  • Serious, Willful and Repeat Citations can be referred for an expedited case hearing solely on the reasonable of the time fixed for correction.  The ALJ may order the employer to correct the violation pending final resolution of the cited violations on the merits.


Changes Effective August 1, 2023

Conformity with Federal Penalty Amounts:
  • Willful or Repeat Penalties increase from a maximum of $70,000 to $156,259.
  • Serious Penalties increase from a maximum of $7,000 to $15,625.
  • Serious violations which cause or contribute to a death of an employee shall be $25,000 for each violation.
  • Nonserious violations increase from a maximum of $7,000 to $15,625.
  • Failure to Abate penalties increase from a maximum of $7,000 to $15,625.
  • Penalties will increase to the amounts as set forth by the federal government.

Contact OECS for more information. 

Post by MPMA
June 12, 2023

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