Tuesday, May 11, 2010

AWAIR Requirements - Minnesota OSHA

Since 1991, Minnesota OSHA has required many employers to develop and use "A Workplace Accident and Injury Reduction (AWAIR)" program. Employers engaged in certain specific industrial classification codes (NAICS codes) are required to develop and implement a written safety and health program with specific actions designed to reduce the incidence of workplace accidents and injuries.

An employer subject to these rules must establish a written AWAIR program that includes:

1. how managers, supervisors and employees are responsible for implementing the program and how continued participation of management will be established, measured and maintained;
2. the methods used to identify, analyze and control new or existing hazards, conditions and operations;
3. how the plan will be communicated to all affected employees so they are informed of work-related hazards and controls;
4. how workplace accidents will be investigated and corrective action implemented;
5. how safe work practices and rules will be enforced.

An employer must conduct and document a review of the workplace accident and injury reduction program at least annually and document how the procedures included in the program are being met.

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