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    Subdivision 1. Statistics program. In order to further the purposes of this chapter, the
commissioner shall develop and maintain an effective program of collection, compilation, and
analysis of occupational safety and health statistics. Such programs may cover all employments
within the scope of this chapter. The commissioner shall compile accurate statistics on work
deaths, injuries and illnesses which shall include all deaths and all disabling, serious, or significant
injuries and illnesses, whether or not involving loss of time from work, other than minor
injuries requiring only first aid treatment and which do not involve medical treatment, loss of
consciousness, restrictions of work or motion, or transfer to another job. Such programs shall
be developed so that the state may coordinate and cooperate with a federal data collection and
record-keeping program.
    Subd. 2. Employer records. Each employer shall make, keep and preserve, and make
available to the commissioner such records regarding the employer's activities relating to
this chapter as the commissioner may prescribe by rules as necessary or appropriate for the
enforcement of this chapter or for the development of information regarding the causes and
prevention of occupational accidents and illnesses. The records which the commissioner shall
require the employer to make, keep and preserve shall be at least as effective as those required by
the United States Department of Labor.
    Subd. 3. Records on hazardous substances and harmful physical agents. The
commissioner shall adopt rules requiring employers to maintain accurate records of employee
exposures to hazardous substances or harmful physical agents which are required to be monitored
under this chapter. The rules shall provide employees or their representatives with an opportunity
to have access to the records. The rules shall provide employees or their representatives with
an opportunity to observe the monitoring or measuring and to have access to the records and
reports of the monitoring and measuring. In order to carry out the provisions of this section, the
rules may include provisions requiring employers to conduct periodic inspections. An employer
shall promptly notify an employee who has been or is being exposed to hazardous substances
or harmful physical agents in concentrations or at levels which exceed those prescribed by an
applicable occupational safety and health standard adopted under this chapter, and shall inform
any employee who is being exposed of the corrective action being taken.
    Subd. 4. Reports. The commissioner is authorized to compile, analyze, and publish annually,
either in summary or detailed form, all reports or information obtained under this section, and
to cooperate with the United States Department of Labor in obtaining national summaries of
occupational deaths, injuries and illnesses. The commissioner shall preserve the anonymity of
each employee with respect to whom medical reports or information is obtained.
    Subd. 5. Standards for collection of information. Any information obtained by the
commissioner under this chapter shall be obtained with a minimum burden upon employers,
especially those operating small business. Unnecessary duplication of efforts in obtaining
information shall be reduced to the maximum extent feasible.
History: 1973 c 732 s 14; 1983 c 216 art 1 s 88; 1983 c 316 s 25,29; 1985 c 248 s 70;
1986 c 444