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MWQA Annual Convention Registration Available Now
MWQA’s Convention is going Virtual!
Get all the credits required for renewing your Water Conditioning Journeyman or Master license by attending our annual event. This year’s event will include 8 total hours of seminars; WC licensees need 4 credits to renew a license in Minnesota (2 Code and 2 Technical, or 4 Code count toward renewal). Pick your day, relax and watch our live, online-only seminars presented by the Minnesota Dept of Labor and Industry, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, IAPMO, and Phil Olsen of Waterthinktank.
You’ll learn some great new information on many topics plus we do all the work of submitting your credits for you! The event is scheduled for October 7 and October 8 for 4 hours each day.
Sponsor Our Annual Event Oct. 7-8
MWQA is seeking sponsorships for the Annual Convention, which will be virtual this year. Our event, available via WebEx, will include a Sponsor page that can link directly to your own website or virtual booth (hosted on your site). Sponsorships begin at $250. Pay directly through our online portal, and we will contact you to obtain information for linking to your website, adding content about your company, and including contact info on our Sponsor page. Thank you in advance for supporting the MWQA and the water quality improvement industry. Visit our Sponsorship page here.
COVID-19 Update – Minnesota’s Mask Mandate & What You Need to Know
As of July 25, 2020, Minnesota Businesses must:
- Require that all persons, including their workers, customers, and visitors, wear face coverings as required by Executive Order 20-81 and take reasonable steps to enforce the requirement.
- Mitigate or eliminate worker and customer exposure to persons who cannot wear or refuse to wear a face covering.
- Update their COVID-19 Preparedness Plans to include the face covering requirements of Executive Order 20-81, inform their workers how their plan has been updated, and make the revised plan available to their workers.
- Post one or more signs that are visible to all persons—including workers, customers, and visitors—instructing them to wear face coverings as required by Executive Order 20-81.
- When possible, provide accommodations to persons, including their workers and customers, who state they have a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that makes it unreasonable for the person to maintain a face covering. Accommodations could include permitting use of an alternate form of face covering—a face shield, for example—or providing service options that do not require a customer to enter the business.
Executive Order 20-81 does not:
- Require businesses or their workers to enforce face covering requirements when it is unsafe to do so.
- Authorize businesses to restrain, assault, or physically remove workers or customers who refuse to comply with Executive Order 20-81 when it would not otherwise be legal to do so.
- Authorize businesses and their workers to violate other laws, including anti-discrimination laws.
For additional information about the steps businesses can take to ensure compliance with Executive Order 20-81, refer to Executive Order 20-81 which is available at Executive Orders from Governor Walz, and the Frequently Asked Questions About the Requirement to Wear Face Coverings.
What are the requirements for face coverings at work?
Generally, workers are required to wear a face covering at all times when indoors, when outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained, or when specific industry guidance has stricter requirements. Industry-specific requirements that differ from or impose greater requirements than the Executive Order are also summarized at Face Covering Requirements and Recommendations under Executive Order 20-81. Businesses are responsible for clearly communicating the applicable requirements to their workers.
The Executive Order also identifies a number of situations where a face covering may be temporarily removed, such as when a worker is working alone (for example, when in a closed office, a cubicle with walls above face height when social distancing is maintained, or other enclosed space with no other individuals present). In addition, if a worker cannot wear a face covering due to a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability, a business must provide an accommodation to the worker if possible.
Are businesses responsible for requiring that workers, customers, and visitors wear a face covering?
Yes, it is the responsibility of the business to require that its workers, customers, and visitors are wearing face coverings consistent with the provisions of Executive Order 20-81. Businesses must update their COVID-19 Preparedness Plan to align with the requirements of Executive Order 20-81. Businesses must also communicate to workers and customers that face coverings must be worn when required by the Executive Order—meaning, when indoors, for both customers and workers, and also when outdoors for workers, when social distancing cannot be maintained–unless circumstances allow for the temporarily removal of the face covering. At a minimum, businesses must communicate face covering requirements by clearly posting signage in places that are visible to all workers, customers, and visitors. A best practice would be for businesses to notify customers about face covering requirements through communication while they are making reservations, appointments, or placing orders for pickup.
Where can business owners find masking materials for their storefront?
Digital and print materials related to the #MaskUpMN campaign are available for download on Minnesota COVID-19 Response: Share Our Message For Businesses.
2019 Convention Photos
Several people took advantage of the opportunity to take their state license exams at the MWQA annual convention in Alexandria last October. The two-day event featured several informative seminars, a vendor fair, and an opportunity to take exams for many Minnesota licenses.
The 2015 Minnesota Plumbing Code, Chapter 4714, took effect Jan. 23, 2016. The code incorporates by reference the 2012 edition of the Uniform Plumbing Code with Minnesota amendments and replaces the old Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4715.
- 2015 Minnesota Plumbing Code*
- Plumbing Code Fact Sheet (PDF)
- What you need to know about the 2015 Minnesota Plumbing Code
*The detailed version of the Minnesota Plumbing Code linked above is available here for your convenience. However, the Office of the Revisor of Statutes publishes the official codes.
Changes to State License Exams
Testing for Water Conditioning exams now takes place several times throughout the year and at several locations in Minnesota. Tests are no longer given twice a year. Click on the link below to find the exam dates and locations that will work for you. You can also schedule your exam online.