The requirements in items A to G apply to training programs
provided to employees concerning hazardous substances and harmful physical
A. Training shall be made
available by, and at the cost of, the employer.
B. Records of training provided under the
requirements of this chapter must be maintained by the employer, retained for
five years, and made available, upon request, for review by employees or their
representatives and by the commissioner or his or her authorized
C. Information and
training programs may relate to specific exposure hazards; the common hazards
of a group of hazardous substances; or to the hazards of a complete production
operation, whichever is more effective. Specific information on individual
hazardous substances or mixtures and harmful physical agents must be available
in writing for employees' use.
Once training has been completed, an employer may request the employee to sign
a statement that the employee has been trained as required by parts
Frequency of training.
(1) Training must be provided to an employee
prior to initial assignment to a worksite where the employee may be routinely
exposed to a hazardous substance or harmful physical agent.
(2) Additional training must be provided to a
nonhandler of hazardous substances prior to the time the employee may be
routinely exposed to a hazardous substance or harmful physical agent with
properties not covered in the generic training program. Additional training
must be provided to a handler of hazardous substances prior to the time the
employee may be routinely exposed to a new hazardous substance or harmful
(3) Training must
be provided at intervals of not greater than one year. Maintenance of a private
applicator's certification or commercial applicator's license fulfills the
annual training requirement.
Employees performing the same or similar job assignments for more than one
employer during the current growing season need only be trained once. The
current employer must produce verification of the training, in a timely manner,
upon request of the commissioner or an authorized representative of the
commissioner may, upon request of an employer or an employer's representative,
certify a training program as complying with this chapter.
G. The employer shall maintain current
information for training or information requests by employees.
for hazardous substances.
Training for employees who may be routinely exposed to
hazardous substances shall be provided in a manner which can be reasonably
understood by the employees. For employees who do not understand English,
training must be provided in a language understood by the employee.
Training program for handlers of hazardous
The oral training program for
handlers of hazardous substances must include the following:
(a) the name or names of the substance
including any generic or chemical name, trade name, and commonly used
(b) the level, if any and if
known, at which exposure to the substance has been restricted according to
standards adopted by the commissioner, or, if no standard has been adopted,
according to guidelines established by competent professional groups which have
conducted research to determine the hazardous properties of potentially
(c) the known
acute and chronic effects of exposure at hazardous levels (including routes of
entry into the body);
(d) the known
symptoms of the effects;
potential for flammability, explosion, or reactivity of the
(g) the known
proper conditions for safe use of and exposure to the substance;
(h) procedures for cleanup of leaks and
(i) the name, phone number,
and address of a manufacturer of the hazardous substance; if the name and phone
number of a manufacturer is not available, the phone number of a local poison
control center or the Chemical Transportation Emergency Center (CHEMTREC) must
written copy of the information required in subitem (1) shall be readily
accessible in the area or areas in which the hazardous substance is used or
In lieu of the oral
training program required in subitem (1), employees who handle or use hazardous
substances may obtain and hold a valid private applicator's certification from
the Minnesota Department of Agriculture by completing the training program
available through the county extension agent or may fulfill licensing
requirements and secure a commercial applicator's license as provided for in
Minnesota Statutes, section 18A.26, subdivision 2. Maintenance of a private
applicator's certification or commercial applicator's license fulfills the
annual training requirement of subpart
, item E, subitem
training program for nonhandlers of hazardous substances must include the
Proper conditions of exposure:
(a) where label information restricts reentry
after application to other than when sprays have dried or dusts have settled,
employees must be provided with the name of the substance, the time of
application, and the reentry time; and
(b) where label information does not restrict
reentry or restricts entry until sprays have dried or dusts have settled,
employees must be instructed not to reenter a field treated with the pesticide
until the spray has dried or the dust has settled since application.
Routes of entry into the body:
(a) methods of preventing entry;
(b) emergency procedures to be followed in
case of accidental exposure; and
(c) first aid and other applicable
Symptoms of exposure:
(a) possible allergies, symptoms, or
sensitivities that may occur; and
(b) hazards to special at-risk groups such as
children and pregnant women as information is available.
(4) Procedures to follow if symptoms
(5) A written copy of the
information in item B must be available for employee use. For employees who do
not read English, a written notice in a language understood by the employee
must be provided advising employees of the name and address of an agency that
will translate the written information for them.
Provision of information for medical
(a) Information required for
medical treatment as described in unit (b) must be provided immediately upon
request to an employee, or the employee's representative, who reports symptoms
of exposure. If symptoms appear, the employee or employee representative shall
request information for medical treatment from the employer.
(b) The employer shall give the employee or
employee representative the name of the substance, the date it was applied, the
rate at which it was applied, and either the material safety data sheet or the
label for the substance applied.
(c) Employees who are unfamiliar with the
community or who do not speak English must be provided information in a
language understood by the employee concerning the appropriate agency to
contact for assistance and medical treatment.
C. Hazardous substance training for
incidental farm workers may be fulfilled by providing incidental farm workers
with written information in a language understood by the employee. The written
statement shall include the information required in item B, subitems (1) to
(5). The written information shall be provided to incidental farm workers prior
to assignment to work in a field where a hazardous substance has been
D. The training program
developed or approved by the Department of Labor and Industry meets the
requirements of this chapter.
Training program for harmful physical agents.
The training program for employees who may be routinely
exposed to heat in an indoor work environment where the temperature may be
expected to reach or exceed the permissible exposure limit shall be provided in
a manner which can be reasonably understood by the employees. For employees who
do not understand English, training must be provided in a language understood
by the employees.
Training on heat
must include the following:
(1) the known
proper conditions for exposure and recommended protective measures;
(2) the known acute and chronic effects of
exposure at hazardous levels;
the known symptoms of the effects;
(4) appropriate emergency treatment;
(5) the effects of heat to
special at-risk groups such as persons with heart disease and high blood
B. A written
copy of the information in item A must be available for employees' use. For
employees who do not read English, a written notice in a language understood by
the employee must be provided advising employees of the name and address of an
agency that will translate the written information for them.
C. In lieu of an oral training program,
written documentation of the information required in item A may be provided to
employees. For employees who do not read English, the written documentation
must be in a language understood by the employee.