Labour & Regulatory Services

Workplace Safety and Health


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  • March 19, 2020 - Please note that out of an abundance of caution with the current Coronavirus crisis, we have temporarily stopped all public walk-in inquiries to our Workplace Safety and Health offices. Services will still be provided by phone or email.
  • COVID-19 Information for Workplaces and Employees
  • Latest News

  • October 18, 2019 - WSH Regulation Changes (Unconsolidated) and Mines Regulation Changes (Unconsolidated)
  • September 13, 2019 - Province Advises Employer Prosecuted for Workplace Incident
  • May 24, 2019 - Province Advises Employers Prosecuted for Workplace Incidents
  • April 29, 2019 - Employer Prosecuted for Workplace Incident
  • March 29, 2019 - Employers Prosecuted for Workplace Incidents

  • Overview

    Manitoba’s labour force is comprised up of approximately 665,000 workers and over 75,000 employers. Approximately 90 per cent of these workplaces are under the provincial jurisdiction of The Workplace Safety and Health Act and its associated regulations.

    Workplace Safety and Health enforces The Workplace Safety and Health Act and its three associated regulations in order to ensure Manitoba’s workplaces are safe and healthy.

    Inspection and investigation activity focuses on improving legislative compliance in order to reduce workplace fatalities, serious injuries and illnesses. 

    Workplace Safety and Health enforcement targets high-risk hazards and sectors, as well as repeated or willful non-compliance. In addition to focused enforcement, random inspections are conducted to ensure consistency throughout the province.

    For more information about current enforcement strategies, click here: Enforcement Strategies

    Statistics & Reporting

    • Safety and Health Officers conduct approximately 4,500 inspections per year.
      • Approximately 50% of inspections result in one or more orders being issued to an employer.
      • Improvement orders are issued when a priority contravention is noted, and require measures to be put in place by a specified timeframe in order to ensure the safety and health of workers. Approximately 7,000 improvement orders are issued annually.
      • When an officer observes an imminent hazard, they may order work to stop immediately, and remain stopped until the officer is satisfied that the hazard is appropriately dealt with. Approximately 400 stop work orders are issued each year.
    • Annually, Workplace Safety and Health receives over 8,300 phone calls and hundreds of emails, including general questions, tips regarding unsafe work and reports of serious incidents at workplaces.
      • Approximately 1,300 tips are triaged to an officer for further follow-up, taking into account the level of risk, the circumstances of each, and the safety and health history of the employer.
    • On average, 1,000 serious incidents are reported to the Branch each year. In approximately 15% of these cases, an officer is dispatched to the scene immediately to conduct follow-up.
    • Administrative penalties range from $1,000 to $5,000 and are reserved for cases of wilful, severe or repeated non-compliance.
      • Workplace Safety and Health reviews over 250 contraventions for possible administrative penalty each year, resulting in an average of 15-20 penalties being issued each year.
    • Approximately 20 files are forwarded for review by Manitoba Justice.
    • Charges may be laid when:
      • Injury or illness occur as a direct result of contraventions to safety and health legislation;
      • Repeated or willful non-compliance to safety and health requirements; is noted; or,
      • Work continues after a stop work order has been issued.

    For more information on orders, penalties and convictions, click here: Stop Work Orders, Penalties & Convictions

    For more information on enforcement statistics by quarter, click here: Reports

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