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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 get placed on the seminar mailing list by calling 651-284-5375 or emailing osha.compliance@state.mn.us.

Location, format

Note:  The Construction Seminars are currently online only. See the links below to attend via Webex.

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; topic to be determined

  • Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022; topic to be determined

  • Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023; topic to be determined

  • Tuesday, March 21, 2023; topic to be determined

  • Tuesday, May 16, 2023; topic to be determined


Past seminars – 2021/2022 season

May 17, 2022 – Pouring the foundation:  Introduction to mental health safety; 7 to 9 a.m.

Good mental health is as important as good physical health in keeping workers safe on the job. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, poor mental health and stress can negatively affect employee:  job performance and productivity; engagement with one's work; communication with coworkers; and physical capability and daily functioning.

Before you begin to pour a foundation while building a structure, you must test the soil, excavate and prepare the area for the new foundation. When looking at the emotional intelligence of a human being, the approach is the same. We must look at how a person develops the ability to recognize and identify emotion in difficult circumstances to prepare the "soil" for a new approach to mental health safety.

March 15, 2022 – The ABCs of fall protection; 7 to 9 a.m.

Falls are the second leading cause of fatalities in construction. In Minnesota, fall protection was the most-frequently cited standard in construction during federal-fiscal-year 2021. Do you know the ABCs of fall protection? This Construction Seminar provided an industry expert discussing fall protection in construction and providing an overview of the types of fall protection available. Attendees were able to ask industry leaders their fall-protection questions and get real-world answers.

  • Presenter:  Jason Giefer, application engineer, 3M Fall Protection Business

Jan. 18, 2022 – New ANSI standard for mobile elevated work platforms; 7 to 9 a.m., online

Attendees learned how the new ANSI A92 mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) standard affects worksites, what the ANSI A92 Consensus Standard is and how it applies to employers and Minnesota OSHA.

The presentation covered updates to the standard, including:

  • new design changes and classifications;

  • safe use of MEWP; and

  • training requirements.

Tool-tray use was also part of this discussion. The nationally recognized general contractor who presented the information simplified MEWP classification terminology and discussed who is responsible for the safe use of and operator training for these high-use machines.

  • Presenter:  Ben Watson, senior safety engineer, Mortenson Construction

Nov. 16, 2021 – Lockout/tagout:  Communication; contractors' role and responsibilities – 7 to 9 a.m., online

Construction site lockout/tagout topics related to communication between general contractors and their special-utility contractors were discussed at this Construction Seminar. Presenters included nationally recognized general contractor and special-utility contractors who discussed the steps involved to coordinate the temporary power to live power exchange and the commissioning mechanical systems. They also discussed how the general contractor and special-utility contractors work together to understand and communicate the contractors' roles and responsibilities.

  • Presenters:  Nick Marcella, senior safety specialist, J.E. Dunn Construction; Diana Nelson, senior safety representative, Hunt Electric and ECSI; and Dan Wahlman, safety manager, Harris Company

Sept. 21, 2021 – Arc flash, electrical maintenance and PPE; 7 to 9 a.m., online

This seminar identified the need for electrical safety on the construction worksite – NFPA 70E – as well as electrical maintenance and safety programs. Attendees learned about arc flash hazard risk assessment, personal protective equipment (PPE), and shock and arc flash approach boundaries.

  • Presenters:  Joe Schommer, business development manager, RESA Power; and Kam Alipour, regional manager of protective apparel and safety upper midwest, Cintas


More information, mailing list

For more information or to be placed on the seminar mailing list, contact us at 651-284-5375, 877-470-6742 or osha.compliance@state.mn.us.

View past presentations