Manitoba Government Launches Five-Year Review of the Workplace Safety and Health Act

2017/06/05 02:40:03 PM

May 5, 2017

Everyone Deserves to be Safe in the Workplace:  Cullen

Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen announced today the province is launching a five-year review of The Workplace Safety and Health Act, as required under section 16(3) of the act. 

“This review will help to ensure our province remains a safe and healthy place to work as well as a competitive and attractive place to do business,” said Cullen.  “We look forward to receiving feedback from stakeholders and members of the public as we work to modernize Manitoba’s workplace safety and health framework.”

The objective of The Workplace Safety and Health Act is to protect workers, self-employed people and others from risks to their safety, health and welfare related to activities in their workplaces.

The Minister’s Advisory Council on Workplace Safety and Health has been tasked with the review and providing recommendations to government on the issues of importance in Manitoba’s workplaces.  The statutory review will focus on:
• ensuring existing requirements are adequate, clear and reasonable;
• reducing red tape and barriers to economic growth while ensuring necessary protections for the safety and health of workers; and
• identifying opportunities to improve harmonization of legislation with other jurisdictions.

Individuals and organizations may provide feedback and suggestions for improvement of The Workplace Safety and Health Act, its regulations and administration. The submissions will be provided to the council for their consideration and the council will provide recommendations to the minister by Dec. 31.  All proposals can be submitted to WSHActReview@gov.mb.ca.  

Submissions may be posted online and can be viewed at www.gov.mb.ca/labour/safety/.