DLI Newsletter – February 2015

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February 2015

Below is a recap of recent news from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. DLI oversees the state’s programs for apprenticeship, construction codes and licensing, occupational safety and health, wage and hour standards, and workers’ compensation.

Some new building 
codes now in effect

Many of Minnesota’s new state building codes took effect Jan. 24, 2015.


The codes provide building standards to regulate the design, construction, addition, alteration, repair, use and location of buildings and structures. They are based on the 2012 International Code Council (ICC) model codes and contain Minnesota-specific construction provisions for structural, life-safety, fire-safety and moisture protection. Minnesota’s state building code has not been updated since 2007.

Read more about the updated codes here.

Minnesota OSHA 2014 year in review

In its Safety Lines newsletter each year, Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA) provides a summary of what both sides of the organization — Compliance and Workplace Safety Consultation — accomplished in
the previous year.

MNOSHA Compliance highlights
  • Visited 2,556 establishments and identified 4,996 hazards.
  • Conducted 117 outreach presentations with an average participation level of 37 people.
  • Responded to 3,904 phone calls and 1,748 written requests (primarily email) for assistance, with a majority of the inquiries answered within one day.
MNOSHA Workplace Safety Consultation highlights
  • Completed 1,083 initial, training and follow-up visits at employer worksites.
  • Provided 398 interventions — including formal training presentations, technical assistance and outreach — that directly involved more than 9,300 employers and more than 14,500 employees.
  • Established three new alliances to promote collaboration about workplace safety and health with:  Arrowhead Builders Association; Mexican Consulate; and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

MNOSHA intends to adopt new injury reporting requirements
Federal recordkeeping changes not part of MNOSHA adoption

New federal OSHA recording and reporting requirements became effective at the federal level Jan. 1. Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA) intends to adopt federal OSHA’s new injury reporting requirements by March 18, becoming effective Oct. 1.

Currently in MInnesota, employers are required to report occupational accidents in which an employee is killed or three or more are hospitalized to MNOSHA within eight hours. The intended changes would require employers to report all work-related fatalities within eight hours and report all work-related inpatient hospitalizations, all amputations and all losses of an eye within 24 hours.

PIPELINE project

PIPELINE delivers
Findings from the Private Investment, Public Education, Labor and Industry Experience provided to legislature

In 2014, the Minnesota Legislature created the PIPELINE project based on a successful education and training model used in the United States and Europe for more than a century: apprenticeship.


The PIPELINE Project is a legislatively directed initiative managed by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) in collaboration with the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU).


The legislation calls for the state agencies to work with recognized industry experts, representative employers, higher education institutions, and labor representatives to define competency standards for occupations in advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care services and information technology.View more about PIPELINE and the report here.



New edition of CCLD Review newsletter sent to subscribers

A new edition of the CCLD Review newsletterCCLD Review newsletter  CCLD’s quarterly publication — was recently sent

to subscribers. Some of the stories in this edition include:

  • Contractors: Many licenses expire in March
  • Some future Minnesota educational opportunities include:
  • ASSE certification required for backflow testers, rebuilders
  • Is it a manufactured home or park model RV?
  • Contractor fined $8,250 for unlicensed plumbing work
  • And more …

View the complete edition of the CCLD Review here.

Message from new director of
DLI Apprenticeship and Labor Standards
John Aiken
John Aiken

By John Aiken

The new year is bringing some new faces to our agency’s Apprenticeship unit. I was recently named Director of Labor Standards and Apprenticeship Division and wanted to extend my greetings. I am looking forward to working with you to ensure registered apprenticeship continues to promote and establish work-based careers for Minnesotans while helping employers develop a highly skilled workforce. …
Other stories from the new edition of Apprenticeship Works include:
  • DLI names Apprenticeship Unit coordinator
  • Grants strive to bring women to apprenticeship
  • Apprentices continue holiday display tradition
  • Mentoring important for successful apprenticeship
  • Program helps dislocated workers thrive
  • and more … View the complete edition here.
“Labor and Industry is committed to ensuring equitable, healthy and safe work and living environments in Minnesota. Through outreach, education and compliance efforts, we strive to improve the quality of life for Minnesota workers and their families.”

— DLI Commissioner Ken Peterson