Labour & Regulatory Services

Workplace Safety and Health


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 an average of 6,000 annual inspections.
    • 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. Over 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 13,000 phone calls and hundreds of emails, including general questions, tips regarding unsafe work and reports of serious incidents at workplaces.
    • Approximately 1,500 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, 1,200 serious incidents are reported to the Branch each year. In approximately 5% 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 17-20 penalties being issued each year.
  • Approximately 20 files result in a recommendation for prosecution being made to Manitoba Justice. Prosecutions are recommended for:
    • Injury or illness as a direct result of contraventions to safety and health legislation;
    • Repeated or willful non-compliance to safety and health requirements; or,
    • Continuing to work while under stop work order.

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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