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In order to conduct compliance and enforcement activities in a consistent manner, as well as to strive for accountability, the Environmental Health Division has developed the following documents to use for its compliance and enforcement activities.
The 1993 Minnesota Legislature granted the Minnesota Department of Health the authority to use enforcement tools in the Health Enforcement Consolidation Act of 1993.
This legislation was prompted by the department in order to develop a statewide enforcement system of authorized programs to promote compliance and deterrence. Streamlined procedures, improved consistency, increased efficiency and fairness for the regulated community, were also objectives. The department created this Plan for the Use of Administrative Penalty, Cease and Desist Authority, and Other Enforcement Tools to comply with statutory requirements of the Health Enforcement Consolidation Act of 1993.
- Plan for the Use of Administrative Penalty Order, Cease and Desist Authority, and Other Enforcement Tools (PDF: 221KB/57 pages)
The primary purpose of the manual is to provide information on the enforcement process to inspection or regulatory staff. The manual steps out the enforcement process at MDH, ensuring that if enforcement is necessary, the regulated community is guaranteed due process and consistent enforcement. The manual details ways to ensure compliance with MDH regulations, how to determine the appropriate enforcement action, enforcement documentation, legal actions, negotiations and mediations, and gives examples of appropriate enforcement documents.
The Inspection Manual is a guide for MDH employees who conduct compliance inspections. The manual details the necessary steps for conducting a thorough inspection, including gaining access to the inspection site, how inspectors should conduct themselves, site safety and documenting the inspection.
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