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Supporting Mental Health During COVID-19 (MN)

Promote Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing (NSC)

Coping with Stress (CDC)

Mental Health Webinar Series (NAMI MN / MSC)
The Minnesota Safety Council's mental health webinar series in collaboration with NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) features mental health educators who discuss various challenges and concerns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as share resources to support mental well-being.


An easy-to-use tool providing business leaders with information about the cost of mental health.



Vaccine Resources


COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Page (UMASH)

MN COVID-19 Vaccine Connector (State of MN)

SAFER: Managing the COVID-19 Vaccine (NSC)

COVID-19 Organizational Vulnerability Assessment: Examine your organization's vulnerability to COVID-19 transmission and receive tailored recommendations.

SAFER Playbooks: General and industry-specific guidance to help align safety with business objectives.

SAFER Checklists: Quick-hit checklists, procedures and protocols to implement SAFER recommendations.

SAFER Solutions Directory: Providers offering products and services to help employers during the pandemic.

Return to Work

COVID-19 RtW Framework
This new resource developed by the Minnesota Safety Council provides checkpoints for a business or other organization to use to help prevent further spread of COVID-19 as Minnesota moves toward increasing personal, business and community activity.

Return-to-Work Webinar: Guidelines for Creating a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (Recorded May 6, 2020)
Presenters: Ron Anderson, OSHA Compliance Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry; Paul Aasen, President, Minnesota Safety Council

MnDLI COVID-19 Preparedness Plan template and instructions (PDF)

MnDLI Checklist guidelines for creating a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (PDF)

MN COVID-19 Public Dashboard

Minnesota Safety Council COVID-19 Updates


Mental Health Resources (MN)

COVID-19 Materials and Resources (from various sources)

COVID-19 RtW Framework

Online Training and Information

Member Update: Virtual Training Added; In-Person Training Limited

2020 MN Safety & Health Conference - NOW VIRTUAL

MSC In-person Classroom Training Starting June 3

MSC Office Re-opening Protocols

COVID-19 in 3D: Distance, Discussion, Disinfection

My Mask Protects You, Your Mask Protects Me

COVID-19 Checklist


December 3, 2020

Free Mental Health Webinar Series

The Minnesota Safety Council is launching a new mental health webinar series in collaboration with NAMI Minnesota(National Alliance on Mental Illness). The series features mental health educators who will discuss various challenges and concerns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as share resources to support mental well-being.

Webinars are free and open to anyone who'd like to join. Please feel free to share this information with your HR department, co-workers, family, neighbors and friends. All sessions will stream live via Microsoft Teams twice a month from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. December through March 2021.

Our first session in the series, Minding Your Mental Health During COVID, will take place Tuesday, December 15. NAMI Community Educator Kay King will discuss how and why COVID-19 has impacted people's mental health, how some communities have been disproportionately affected, and steps you can take to promote good mental health.

Don't miss this opportunity to gain helpful insights and have your questions answered. No need to register! Just use this link to join on December 15.

We look forward to seeing you online!

*All sessions in our mental health webinar series will be recorded and made available on the Minnesota Safety Council website for later viewing.


November 23, 2020

Member Update: Virtual Training Added; In-Person Training Limited

With the Governor's most recent announcement of new COVID-19 safety restrictions for the state, and in accordance with MN OSHA guidance, our in-person classroom training will be limited effective November 20 through December 18, 2020.

As your trusted partner in safety, we remain committed to providing you with training, resources and support to help you be safe while staying safe.

Our virtual training options have been expanded - check out our full training calendar for upcoming offerings.

And don't forget about our on-demand and online resources:
Video streaming (free for members)
Employee defensive driving courses
OSHA-authorized training modules
• And more.

Have questions or need assistance? We're here to help! Our staff and services will continue to be available to you via online, phone and email.



June 29, 2020

After assessing the evolving factors related to the COVID-19 outbreak, and with careful consideration of the safety, health and well-being of participants, the 2020 MN Safety & Health Conference will pivot to a fully virtual event October 19-20. Plus, we're excited to announce that we'll be teaming up with the South Dakota Safety Council to offer this live, online experience.

Some of the many benefits to going virtual, as well as partnering with a neighboring safety council, will be our ability to deliver even more educational sessions and exhibits with safety solutions, as well as new networking opportunities - just for you!

We look forward to your participation and will be updating our conference web pages with complete details and the revised program by the end of July.

June 1, 2020

The Minnesota Safety Council is reopening for in-person classroom training starting June 3.

We want you to get the training you need in a safe and effective manner. Here are some of the details:

  • Socially distanced classrooms with no more than nine participants and an instructor.
  • Attendee self-screening requirement before attending training followed by an on-site screening.
  • Face masks are required for attendees and instructors. MSC will have disposable masks available.
  • Pre-registration is required (no walk-ins allowed).
  • Classrooms are cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis.
  • Individual lunches and bottled water will be provided. No other refreshments will be available.
  • Infectious disease management will be practiced by all, including access to hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.

Safety Steps In-Person Training June 3


May 15, 2020

Member Update: COVID-19 in 3D
We, like you, are worried about infection and its fallout. The 3Ds are the foundation for infection control.

The first D is Distance. Separation remains a key defense against COVID-19. Six feet is good, more is better and a mask can help. As you re-open, bringing more people into your space, do what you can to keep people (customers, employees, others) apart. Up your building's ventilation cycles to clear the air. Manage the people flow at entrances and exits and lunchrooms. And ask everyone to wear masks to support the protection provided by distance.


The second D is Discussion. This D could also be Detection but we feel Discussion is the best screener for a sick employee or customer. An open discussion about how someone is feeling and symptoms they may be experiencing is the best and earliest way to detect an infection. Providing an employee a safe way to disclose their health status is critical to an open discussion. Temperature and symptom screening at a point of entry are a valuable backup to self-screening and self-disclosure.

If you'd like a free employee population screener that is useful for detecting general infection trends in a workplace, click here.

The third D is Disinfection. It can be simple -- personal disinfection by thorough hand washing with soap, situational use of disinfectants and touch/contact hazard awareness is the first defense against infection. It can be more complicated -- facility-wide maintenance and disinfection doubles down to give the next crew or shift a clean starting point for their distancing and disinfection.

It all works together. A clean workplace, a trusting and open conversation about how people are feeling, and creating space to distance set the foundation to control COVID-19.

Thank you for looking after others during this trying time.

Be safe while being safe,

Paul Aasen
President, Minnesota Safety Council



April 13, 2020

Member Conversation: Dealing with Work Life Under COVID-19

The Minnesota Safety Council hosted a member conversation about dealing with work life under COVID. Mark Friske of Sherwin-Williams and Chuck Kendall of CHS shared some of their organization's insights and actions as they respond to COVID-19.

Sherwin-Williams COVID-19 Guidance and Tools (PDF)

COVID-19 CHS Overview (PDF)


April 10, 2020

Workplace Safety Q&A in the Time of COVID-19

This 30-minute video produced by Housing First Minnesota covers a wide range of workplace safety topics. Denise Hansen, safety director for John Kraemer & Sons and Bill Stuart, occupational safety specialist for the Minnesota Safety Council, highlight steps employers can take to ensure safe job sites, effective approaches to educating employees, information on filters and masks and thoughts on how to communicate with your team.


March 26, 2020

Member Update: MN's Stay at Home Executive Order

The Governor just issued a Stay at Home Executive Order. Now what?

Get the latest information:

  • COVID-19 web page and checklist: Updates from MSC and the Minnesota Department of Health.
  • SafetyNet: Members-only online community to ask questions, share advice, resources, and solutions.

Catch up on safety training and tips:

  • On-demand safety video streaming: More than 1,500 safety and HR titles available in multiple languages.
  • Online Training: Over 150 training modules are available through our partnership with National Safety Council and Summit Training Source.
  • Employee DDC Online: Covers a number of roadway safety topics based on specific training needs and corporate policies.
  • CTOT Training: 2-hour modules that promote safe operation of construction trucks.
  • Fact Sheet Library: Nearly 200 fact sheets offering tips on topics including safety at work, home and on the road.

Catch up on your defensive driving AND car insurance discount:

You can count on our staff and services to continue to be available to you via online, phone and email. Our office operations are suspended during the stay at home order.

All in-person classes remain suspended through mid-April. This is a fluid situation that we are monitoring closely. As we learn more about the course of COVID-19, we will update the schedule.

Thank you for keeping Minnesota safe and healthy. Be safe while staying safe. #StayHomeMN

Paul Aasen

President, Minnesota Safety Council




March 19, 2020

Conference Rescheduled for October 19-20, 2020

The Minnesota Safety Council continues to closely monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation and act in a timely manner in line with the recommendations of federal and state officials. We know safety and health must always come first.

We were looking forward to being with our members and others in May for the 86th annual Minnesota Safety and Health Conference. But we now know it will be some time until we can safely be together to learn and be inspired on new ways to be safe at work, at home and on the roadways.

To keep you and all our attendees safe, we've rescheduled our annual conference for October 19-20, 2020 - with a full day of professional development courses on October 21. The event will remain at the Mystic Lake Center in Prior Lake, Minn.

If you've already registered, we will contact you personally to assist you with your registration options. If you are not yet registered, information will be sent to all of our members, and others, through our normal communication channels. It will also appear on our website.

In the meantime, as we all adapt to this changed world, we'll still provide you with the safety and health education and other resources you need.

In the midst of this crisis, whether you're working from home, hunkering down with family or keeping the rest of us supplied with essential goods and services, remember to always put safety first. Rest assured, our staff and services will continue to be available to you via online, phone and email.

Thank you for continuing to keep Minnesota safe and healthy.

All my best,

Janie Ritter

Vice President, Minnesota Safety Council


March 17, 2020

Member Update: Training Postponed

The Minnesota Safety Council continues to closely monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation and act in a timely manner to the recommendations of federal and state authorities.

As of today, March 17, we are suspending all on-site and off-site training March 20 through April 12 and will work with you to reschedule classes.

We currently offer on-demand safety video streaming for members, as well as online defensive driving training, and are working to make workplace safety training options available for you in the near future.

While in-person training is temporarily on hold, know that our staff and services will continue to be available to you via online, phone and email.

Thank you for keeping Minnesota safe and healthy,

Paul Aasen
President, Minnesota Safety Council


March 16, 2020

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the Minnesota Safety Council is:

  • Running a very limited training schedule at our facility this week.

  • Re-evaluating our training schedule through mid-April.

  • Continuing to follow infectious disease management protocols including social distancing in our facility.

  • Willing and able to work with you to reschedule classes that are delayed, cancelled or that you can't attend for other reasons.

Thank you for keeping Minnesota safe and healthy,

Paul Aasen

President, Minnesota Safety Council


March 12, 2020


Dear Colleagues,

Actions Members can take:

1. Infection Management -
We all need to follow good infection management practices. The National Safety Council has a good summary of infection management recommendations from OSHA and CDC, including:

  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water; if soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

  • Stay home when you are sick, and see a doctor immediately to be evaluated for COVID-19

  • If a worker becomes infected, insist that he or she fully recovers before returning to work

  • Employees who have traveled to areas with heightened levels of exposure should inform their employers immediately

  • Avoid sending staff on business trips to Warning Level 3 countries. Specific information is available here:

  • The safety of workers is employers' most vital task. For more information on preventing COVID-19, go to, and

These recommendations are sound practices for anyone who wants to avoid getting sick be it from COVID-19, a common cold, the flu or any other disease.

2. Emphasize the need for employees who are or may be sick, or who have been exposed, to stay home.
There are two key elements to making this happen. First, employees need assurance and re-assurance that it's OK to stay home. Second, sick leave and personal leave policies need to reasonably allow employees to stay home. Consider reviewing sick and personal leave policies to see how well they address the current situation and then reinforce your best practices with leadership and management messages and actions that support employees who need time away for illness or whose family has an event that results in quarantine.

3. Use and build your organization's ability to work and meet remotely.
Maximizing the ability of your employees to work remotely has many benefits. Remote work now reduces the possibilities of transmission. The same is true for virtual meetings especially considering increasing travel restrictions. Lastly, if an employee is infected and/or is placed in quarantine, there could be a 2 to 3 week period when that employee cannot physically be on the premises. The ability to work remotely can greatly reduce the business impact of this time period.

4. Practice social distancing.
Social distancing is essentially the practice of not getting too close to other people to avoid disease transmission. Ask yourself, where do people come together during our business or personal day? Identify those gathering points and ask the hard questions. Do we need to gather or meet? Is there another way accomplish our work, at least in the near term?

Staying home when you're sick and remote work/meetings are two examples of social distancing. Creating space between walk-in interactions and reception/front desk/service personnel helps. Practice NOT shaking hands. Replace the shake with a verbal greeting and a smile. If you must gather, avoid filling meeting spaces and avoid prolonged sessions. It's not in our nature to leave space but for now we should try to maintain a six foot personal bubble at work and away from work.

Business visits that take employees to other locations and sites is particularly challenging. Your employees could be entering an environment that may or may not be following practices you follow in your own organization. Work with your partners, clients and suppliers to understand the steps they are taking and, most importantly, give your employees permission to leave situations they find unsafe.

Lastly, consider your local and state health experts advice on conferences and larger gatherings. Some jurisdictions are restricting gatherings of more than 250 people. Major sporting events are being held without fans in the stands. If you have a larger event in the works, consult with your local experts and the Minnesota Department of Health about prevention steps to take at an event or if the event should be held at all.


Managing infectious disease is something we all are very familiar with. We know to wash our hands and not touch our faces. We know to stay home or away when we are sick. COVID-19 is different enough, infectious enough, and sufficiently unknown enough that we need to increase our diligence, practice what we preach, cut out the daily shortcuts and protect ourselves and those we care about.

Thank you for helping keep Minnesota safe and healthy,

Paul Aasen

President, Minnesota Safety Council