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Province of Manitoba announces injury and illness prevention plan

Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard announced Manitoba’s new five-year action plan for injury prevention at the Day of Mourning Leaders’ Walk on Friday, April 26:

“This comprehensive strategy follows the province’s most extensive review of injury and illness prevention in more than a decade and doubles resources dedicated to injury and illness prevention,” said Howard.  “It strengthens our safety and health laws and will ensure employers are rewarded for practices that make their workplaces safer and healthier.”

The province released plans for:

  • doubling investments in prevention services
  • creating new requirements under the Workplace Safety and Health Act that more clearly define workers’ legal rights, require mandatory orientation of new workers and provide stronger protection when a worker refuses unsafe work
  • investing in resources that will ensure every high school student has access to workplace health and safety information in the classroom or online, and materials to help parents prepare their children to know about their rights to a safe workplace when they start their first job
  • strengthening support for emergency responders and other workers in high-trauma jobs
  • providing more ways for the public to report unsafe workplaces including a one-stop phone number for reporting unsafe workplace or injuries
  • requiring mandatory safety orientation for new workers
  • providing a mobile safety lab to bring safety awareness training and tools to rural worksites
  • ensuring every new business in Manitoba gets information about their responsibilities to prevent injuries
  • creating a leadership team of business owners and executives who have shown their commitment to safety and can help inform and mentor other business owners
  • increasing enforcement of rules to prevent bullying and violence in the workplace
  • reviewing every workplace death to learn lessons about prevention

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