Workplace Safety and Health Act Review

At least once every five years, Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health undertakes a review of the Workplace Safety and Health Act, the Administrative Penalty Regulation, the Operation of Mines Regulation and the Workplace Safety and Health Regulation to ensure Manitoba's workplaces are safe and healthy.

Healthy workplaces impact everyone, and efforts have been made to ensure employers and workers are engaged as part of this review. A Workplace Safety and Health Review Committee made up of worker, employer and technical representatives has been established to review submissions and provide recommendations to the Minister on issues of importance in Manitoba’s workplaces.

This year the review will be focused on:

  • ensuring strong protections are in place that meet the needs of today’s workplaces;
  • improving harmonization and consistency with other jurisdictions;
  • ensuring requirements are clear and reasonable; and,
  • helping Manitoba meet its obligations under The Regulatory Accountability Act.

We invite you to submit your feedback through an open proposal process before November 30th. All submissions will be provided to the committee for consideration.

If you have any questions, call at 204-957-SAFE (7233) or toll free at 1-855-957-SAFE (7233).

Submissions will also be accepted by email at WSHActReview@gov.mb.ca.

At least once every five years, Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health undertakes a review of the Workplace Safety and Health Act, the Administrative Penalty Regulation, the Operation of Mines Regulation and the Workplace Safety and Health Regulation to ensure Manitoba's workplaces are safe and healthy.

Healthy workplaces impact everyone, and efforts have been made to ensure employers and workers are engaged as part of this review. A Workplace Safety and Health Review Committee made up of worker, employer and technical representatives has been established to review submissions and provide recommendations to the Minister on issues of importance in Manitoba’s workplaces.

This year the review will be focused on:

  • ensuring strong protections are in place that meet the needs of today’s workplaces;
  • improving harmonization and consistency with other jurisdictions;
  • ensuring requirements are clear and reasonable; and,
  • helping Manitoba meet its obligations under The Regulatory Accountability Act.

We invite you to submit your feedback through an open proposal process before November 30th. All submissions will be provided to the committee for consideration.

If you have any questions, call at 204-957-SAFE (7233) or toll free at 1-855-957-SAFE (7233).

Submissions will also be accepted by email at WSHActReview@gov.mb.ca.

Proposals

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  • Adding Fatigue Impairment into Section 2 .19

    by Gail AH, 2 months ago

    Alcohol and drug consumption

    Can we add a 2.19 (3) somewhere in the Regulation to recognize the role of fatigue impairment?

    Currently in place:

    2.19(1) An employer must take all reasonable steps to ensure that a worker does not work while under the influence of alcohol or a drug that impairs or could impair the worker’s ability to perform work safely.

    2.19(2) A worker must not work while under the influence of alcohol or a drug that impairs or could impair the worker’s ability to perform work safely.


    Rationale: New research is identifying the significant role that fatigue plays in... Continue reading

  • Following the WorkSafeBC Model

    by Anonymous125 , 2 months ago
    WCB (claims), SAFE Work Manitoba (prevention) and WSH (enforcement), should be under one organization. In this way, each can work together to reduce injuries in Manitoba.
  • Strengthening Language around Monitoring

    by Gail AH, 2 months ago

    Musculoskeletal Injuries

    Part 8.1(3) of the Regulation says that an employer must monitor the effectiveness of any controls measure implemented.

    Rationale: I would like to see an 8.1 (4) with some wording around the employer being responsible for monitoring the performance of their workers to ensure compliance to Safe Work Procedures, especially related to reducing exposure to MSI risk. I believe that this is the missing piece in the overall MSI prevention efforts in the workplace.

    Health Care Facilities

    Part 39 either 39.5 or 39.10 - Could there be included some similar language to Part 8 related to employers/supervisors monitoring... Continue reading

  • Hand Washing

    by CarmanT, 2 months ago

    I support the WCA position to require hot water handwashing facilities at construction sites of Part 3 buildings of the National Building Code.

  • Hot water for handwashing on construction Sites

    by Darryl Harrison, 2 months ago

    The WCA position can be summarized by recommending a change to the Act that will require hot water for handwashing at all construction sites for Part 3 building of the building Code. Part 3 building are Industrial, Commercial and Institutional buildings (ICI) that are greater than 600sqm or greater than 3 stories in height. The WCA has provided a more complete submission to the email address available.

  • More enforcement on City run departments

    by JustStacey, 2 months ago
    More needs to be done to enforce the Safe Workplace laws as the City management and Safety department are inefficient in following the law. They have created their own regulations and intimidate their staff to follow it. When staff file safety concerns, they are often punished and when reported, nothing seems to be done to resolve it
  • Handwashing

    by DJWiebe2020, 2 months ago

    I support the WCA position to require hot water handwashing facilities at construction sites of Part 3 buildings of the National Building Code.

  • Proposed Changes

    by GHryshko, 2 months ago

    This submission is on behalf of the Provincial Workplace Safety and Health Specialist Working Group. We are Safety and Health Specialists representing healthcare facilities, sites, and programs across Manitoba whose mandate is to develop consistent safety and health programming across all healthcare sectors.

    We respectfully propose the following changes for your consideration:

    Act - Serious Incidents

    Add a clarification for hospitals:

    2.6 (b)(vii)

    For incidents occurring at a hospital, the requirement for reporting a cut or laceration to the WSH Branch is as follows:

    • A cut or laceration that requires medical treatment beyond the training of a level 3 first... Continue reading
  • Handwashing on Part 3 Construction Sites

    by ANorth, 2 months ago

    I support WCA's position for the requirement of hot water for hand washing facilities at NBC Part 3 Building construction sites.

  • Handwashing

    by Kgervais, 2 months ago

    I support the WCA position to require hot water handwashing facilities at construction sites of Part 3 buildings of the National Building Code.