Labour & Regulatory Services - Workplace, Safety & Health

FAQs: Safety & Health Officers (SHO) & Inspections


  1. Who are SHO's?
  2. When do SHOs visit a workplace?
  3. How do SHOs identify themselves?
  4. Can I accompany the SHO?
  5. What authority do SHOs have?

1. Who are SHOs?

SHOs enforce the law to maintain a safe work environment for all employees at a business. SHOs have education, training and experience in occupational safety and health, skilled trades and professions and regulatory enforcement fields.

SHOs:

  1. conduct inspections to monitor and enforce compliance with The Workplace Safety and Health Act and its associated regulations
  2. respond to emergencies and investigate serious workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities
  3. investigate work refusals and allegations of workers being penalized for exercising a safety or health right
  4. provide information and guidance regarding workplace safety and health laws

2. When do SHOs visit a workplace?

SHOs may visit your workplace randomly, as part of a targeted initiative or as a result of a complaint, incident, discriminatory action or right to refuse investigation. Inspections can be unplanned and without advance notice.

3. How do SHOs identify themselves?

All SHOs carry photo identification and will identify themselves upon entering the workplace, or upon request.

4. Can I accompany the SHO?

Yes. During an inspection, SHOs will ask to be accompanied by a worker and the employer or a representative of
the employer.

5. What authority do SHOs have?

SHOs may:

  1. enter any premise, at any reasonable time, where work is taking place
  2. conduct interviews and ask questions
  3. take pictures, measurements or samples
  4. gather information, ask for, review and make copies of documents
  5. issue orders that
    • require an unsafe working condition to be remedied by a specified time
    • stop work immediately until the hazard is fixed
  6. consult with a technical or scientific expert in carrying out their duties

Employers are required by law to cooperate and assist SHOs in their work.



Contact the Workplace Safety & Health Branch

Contact the Workplace Safety & Health Branch

Phone: 204-957-SAFE  (7233)
Toll-free: 1-855-957-SAFE (7233)
www.manitoba.ca/labour/safety/

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