Labour & Regulatory Services - Workplace, Safety & Health

2015-2016 Enforcement Strategy


Year-Round Enforcement Initiatives

Select by initiative type to learn more details about WSH priority enforcement activity in that area.

The Workplace Safety and Health Branch (WSH) undertakes both year-round and special enforcement initiatives to ensure Manitoba employers and workers understand their safety and health rights and duties, and that employers are meeting compliance with their legal responsibilities to protect the safety and health of workers and others in the workplace.

Enforcement initiatives are proactive and account for the majority of WSH inspections. In addition to these initiatives, WSH also conducts inspections through random selection, in response to a complaint, or in response to a serious incident in a workplace. Inspections take place across the province, during normal working hours, after hours, early mornings and weekends.

2015-2016 Enforcement Strategy

WSH enforcement activity targets high-risk hazards, with a focus on sectors with high levels of serious injuries, illness and fatalities, sectors that employ vulnerable workers, high-risk workplaces that have not been inspected recently, and workplaces where a pattern of severe and repeated contraventions has been identified.

Safety and Health Culture

A strong culture of safety and health in the workplace is important to keeping workers safe on the job. During inspections, safety and health officers will evaluate the safety and health culture of each workplace, and may spend more time in workplaces where a safety and health culture is not present or needs improvement.

Employers may be referred to SAFE Work Manitoba or a safety and health association for prevention consultation and assistance.

2015-2016 Special Initiatives

In addition to routine priority enforcement activity, WSH conducts targeted short-term or seasonal initiatives across a number of sectors throughout the year.

Sector/Business Type

Inspection Focus

Date

Theatrical and Staged Productions
  • Concert venues
  • Movie/TV sets
  • Amusement parks
  • Festivals
  • Sports
  • Training, orientation and supervision
  • Traffic control
  • Working at heights
  • Powered mobile equipment
  • Machine guarding
  • Electrical hazards
  • Noise

 

May – October
Retail and Hospitality
  • Retail establishments
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Training, orientation and supervision
  • Violence, harassment and working alone
  • Machine guarding
  • Electrical hazards
  • Garbage and refuse compactors
  • Asbestos
  • Noise

 

May – September
Technical Vocational Education
  • Industrial Arts
  • Compulsory Trades
  • Training, orientation and supervision
  • Machine guarding and lockout
  • Electrical hazards
  • Asbestos
October – June
Rural Municipalities, Towns & Villages
  • Sewage treatment plants
  • Public works
  • Landfills and garbage collection
  • Maintenance yards
  • Training, orientation and supervision
  • Working alone or in isolation
  • Confined spaces
  • Chemical and biological exposures
  • Construction hazards
  • Noise
  • Asbestos
May – September

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Year-Round Enforcement Initiatives

Agriculture

Inspection Strategy:

Inspections will take place at agricultural operations and farms that have not been visited by WSH in the last three years, where migrant, immigrant and young workers are employed, and where a serious incident has occurred or has not been reported to WSH.


Inspection Focus:

  • Machine guarding
  • Confined space entry
  • Excavations
  • Working near overhead electrical
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Working at heights
  • Working alone or in isolation
  • Training and orientation
  • Chemicals and airborne emissions (e.g. ammonia, glutaraldehyde, hydrogen sulfide)

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Construction

Inspection Strategy:

Inspection activity will take place at residential and commercial construction sites known to be performing high-risk work activities, and where a serious incident has taken place or has not been reported to WSH. Inspections will also focus on employers/contractors who have had repeated worker injuries or a history of regulatory contraventions. Prime Contractors will be held accountable to ensure the safety and health of all workers at their respective worksite locations. 

Inspections will be conducted throughout the province for newly registered excavation contractors, and excavators who are not registered with WSH or who have not obtained the required clearances prior to starting work.

Inspection Focus:

  • Working at heights
  • Confined space entry
  • Cranes and hoists
  • Working near overhead electrical
  • Excavations
  • Demolitions
  • Machine guarding
  • Chemicals and airborne emissions (e.g. volatile organic compounds, solvents, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide)
  • Hearing conservation
  • Powered mobile equipment
  • Asbestos
  • Silica
  • Ergonomic hazards
  • Heat Stress

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Manufacturing and Trades

Inspection Strategy:

Inspections will be conducted throughout the province, including rural areas, small businesses, workplaces who have had repeated worker injuries, repeat offences, and workplaces that have not been inspected in the last 5 years. Several manufacturing sub-sectors will be visited, including metal works and manufacturing, window and door manufacturers, wood manufacturing and automotive service and auto body.

Inspection Focus:

  • Hearing conservation
  • Ergonomic hazards
  • Powered mobile equipment
  • Lockout
  • Electrical hazards
  • Cranes and hoists
  • Chemical and airborne emissions (e.g. welding fumes, isocyanates, wood dust, solvents, silica, styrene, dichloromethane)
  • Machine guarding

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Mining

Inspection Strategy:

Inspection activity will take place throughout the province, in all areas that are defined as a mine. The inspections will encompass high-risk work activities, and health hazards. Inspections will ensure compliance to the Act and regulations for owners, contractors, employers and supervisors to provide a safe workplace. Inspections will include an audit of emergency preparedness, processes and systems, as well as of the internal responsibility system.

Inspection Focus:

  • Explosives and blasting
  • Emergency preparedness and fire protection
  • Conveyors
  • Protection from molten metal
  • Electrical hazards
  • Ventilation
  • Chemical and airborne emissions  (e.g. nitrogen dioxide, silica, metals)
  • Asbestos
  • Hearing conservation

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Oil and Gas Industry (Southwest Manitoba)

Inspection Strategy:

Inspection activity will take place at oil and gas worksites and related services where a serious incident has taken place or has not been reported to WSH and where employers/contractors have had repeated worker injuries and/or a history of  regulatory contraventions.

Inspection Focus:

  • Explosives
  • hydraulics and  piping systems
  • Oil field processing sites (batteries)
  • Working at heights
  • Lockout
  • Working near overhead electrical
  • Safeguards on machinery
  • Chemical and airborne emissions (e.g. hydrogen sulfide, silica)

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Workplaces Employing Temporary Workers

Inspection Strategy:

During inspections, safety and health officers will identify where temporary workers are active in a workplace. Agencies that place temporary workers in healthcare, manufacturing and construction sectors will also be identified for inspection.

Inspection Focus:

  • Orientation, training and supervision
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Clear lines of reporting and responsibility
  • Working alone or in isolation

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