5 essential facts about workplace safety

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  1. Every worker has the right to a healthy and safe workplace
    In Manitoba, the Workplace Safety and Health Act is enforced to uphold this right. Every worker is entitled to:

    • know what hazards are in the workplace and what precautions must be taken to avoid injuries from those hazards
    • participate in safety and health activities in the workplace
    • refuse work that you reasonably believe to be dangerous to yourself or others
    • protection from discriminatory action for exercising your rights

    Watch Safe Work Manitoba’s video on Safety Rights and Responsibilities (you can see the Tagalog and French versions at the Safe Work Manitoba Youtube page):

  2. Workplace safety is everyone’s responsibility – It means you have to follow safety standards and procedures at work and cooperate with any program that promotes it. You should also report unsafe work practices to Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) client service offices to prevent untoward incidents.
  3. If you get injured at work, you must seek medical help and report it to your employer – You would need to file a claim to the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba (WCB) to get assistance if you need time off from work. For this, you will need to fill out a Worker Incident Report. The WBC site has a video on how to report your injury and what to do while recovering:
  4. WCB has translation services available – When reporting your injury, you can choose a WCB representative that speaks your language so you could better relate your situation.
  5. Workplace Safety and Health partners with SAFE Work Manitoba and the Workers Compensation Board to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses through promotion, protection and education – Whether you are an employee or employer, there are various resources from the SAFE Manitoba site that you can use to help you (and your team) understand the importance of health and safety programs at work.

Watch this video-lecture on workplace safety and health by Jose Chinchilla from Entry Program to learn why following safety rules at work is essential:

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Community Resources

The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba has updated the Toolkit for new Manitobans. The toolkit aims to help teach newcomers about their workplace safety and health and workers compensation rights and responsibilities.

Safemanitoba.com has many multi-language resources about workplace safety. They are available in 18 languages. At the bottom of the homepage, click on your language to find these resources.

Learn more about the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). Go to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. You can also download the WHMIS guide for your reference.

Manitoba is serious about workplace safety and health. It has mapped out a Five-year plan for Workplace Injury and Illness Prevention which outlines the province’s action plan to become a health and safety leader.

You can watch more SAFE Manitoba videos on health and safety procedures in your workplace at the SAFE Work YouTube channel.

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