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Workplace Safety and Health enforces The Workplace Safety and Health Act and its associated regulations in order to protect the safety and health of workers in Manitoba. Workplace Safety and Health’s inspection and investigation activity focuses on improving legislative compliance in order to eliminate workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses.
January 18, 2016
Manitoba’s newly appointed Chief Prevention Officer has released a preliminary report on the current status of commitments made under the ten action areas identified in Manitoba’s Five-Year Plan for Workplace Injury and Illness Prevention, a focused strategy released in 2013 to strengthen protections for workers in the province.
The preliminary report includes updates on the activities of the Workplace Safety and Health Branch, the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba, SAFE Work Manitoba and other key stakeholders, including industry safety associations.
The Chief Prevention Officer of Manitoba’s full report is set for release following further analysis of serious incidents, injury and illness data. The report will include updates on the development of leading indicators for measuring the state of safety and health in Manitoba, and further recommendations on priorities for prevention activity.
Updated August 30, 2016: Prior report release date of September 1 adjusted; time loss injury data not yet available as of August 2016.
Mr. Dennis Nikkel (BSc, CIH, ROH, CRSP)
Chief Prevention Officer of Manitoba
2015 Chief Prevention Officer Preliminary Report (pdf)
August 7, 2015 – Effective July 31, 2015, Manitoba’s WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) provisions have changed.
These amendments align Manitoba with new federal requirements incorporating the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) into new WHMIS 2015 requirements.
The introduction of the GHS brings Canada’s system into alignment with the U.S. and other trade partners. Having consistent symbols and systems in place for chemicals used in the workplace helps better protect workers on the job.
Transition from former WHMIS (WHMIS 1988) to the new system (WHMIS 2015) will occur over a three-year period, ending December 2018.
In Manitoba, WHMIS 1988 requirements for Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) and labels can still be applied during the transition stage provided the label information and symbols on the products match the MSDSs. Employers must train their workers for the version(s) of WHMIS they are using in their workplaces, either 1988 and/or 2015.
Workplace Safety and Health will continue to update our WHMIS 2015 page throughout the transition period to provide guidance for employers.
The amended Part 35 of the Workplace Safety and Health Regulation will be made available online and in print as soon as possible on the Workplace Safety and Health Legislation page.