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Minnesota Commerce Department’s Weights & Measures Division earns Governor’s Safety Award

3/15/2018 11:32:01 AM

For Immediate Release

SAINT PAUL – The Minnesota Commerce Department’s Weights & Measures Division will be recognized for excellence in workplace safety and health at the Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon on May 10 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. 

“Congratulations to the Commerce Department’s Weights & Measures Division for helping to make life safer inside their organization and beyond,” said Paul Aasen, president of the Minnesota Safety Council, which coordinates the awards program. “Safety may start at work but it extends to the roads and to home and we are all safer due to the good work of the Weights & Measures Division.”

“Safety is a top priority for both our employees and the public we serve,” said Commerce Commissioner Jessica Looman. “This award honors the successful collaboration between Weights & Measures leadership and staff to build an effective and sustained safety culture, both in the field and in the lab.”

The Weights & Measures Division carries out a wide range of functions to ensure that Minnesota consumers and businesses get a fair deal on measured goods of all kinds. Field inspectors work statewide to regularly check retail gas pumps, grocery scales, packaging, truck and railroad scales, and other commercial measuring devices. They also test the quality of petroleum products. 

Behind the scenes, the Weights & Measures Division has an accredited metrology laboratory with precision equipment to calibrate and certify a wide range of measuring devices. Many businesses rely on the lab’s services to meet their industry standards.

The work of the Weights & Measures Division is featured in this video.

The Governor’s Safety Award recognizes the success of the Weights & Measures Division in protecting its employees and preventing injuries through a comprehensive workplace safety program.

For example, redesigning the heavy-duty scale trucks has dramatically reduced how often an inspector needs to climb in and out of the truck to conduct vehicle scale inspections, thereby reducing the possibility of falls. This change has also reduced the time needed for each inspection, increasing productivity by about 25 percent.  

Other safety improvements include annual in-depth safety training for staff; mandatory use of high-visibility uniforms in the field; an online form that staff can use to anonymously report safety concerns; and an active safety committee that reviews all safety incident reports and makes safety recommendations to management.

Since 1934, the annual Governor’s Safety Awards program has honored Minnesota employers with exceptional safety performance. Applicants are judged on several years of injury data as it compares with their industry’s national statistics, as well as their progress in implementing a comprehensive safety program. 

Media Contact
Ross Corson
Director of Communications
Minnesota Department of Commerce
p: 651-539-1463 | c: 651-368-5050 | ross.corson@state.mn.us

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