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Manitoba has a New Safety and Health Regulation!
Manitoba Labour and Immigration – Workplace Safety and Health Division announced it’s new Occupational Safety and Health Regulation on November 1, 2006 - The Workplace Safety and Health Regulation 217/2006 made under The Workplace Safety and Health Act (C.C.S.M. c. W210).
By introducing this new legislation, Manitoba Labour is progressing on the mandate to make Manitoba workplaces safer as initiated in 2001 by Bill 27 – The Safer Workplaces Act that amended the Workplace Safety and Health Act.
The Workplace Safety and Health Regulation takes effect on February 1, 2007 and is the result of a four-year consultation and review process. The grace period for compliance started on October 31, 2006 and ends on February 1, 2007. The review process included input from employers, employees and technical representatives. The new regulation includes input from this review process but also makes changes to remain consistent with other regulatory agencies in the western provinces.
The new regulation is divided into forty-four parts, each addressing a stand-alone issue. Many of the parts have been addressed by previous regulations and/or guidelines. There are a number of entirely new parts that have not been addressed in Manitoba workplaces to date.
Our Summary Table is a Pinchin summary of the Workplace Safety and Health Regulation 217/2006 showing a list of the parts included in the regulation. We have provided additional information beside each part indicating whether the part is new or part of an existing regulation.
To obtain the full copy of the Workplace Health and Safety Act please visit http://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/statutes/ccsm/w210e.php.
Pinchin provided additional information on many of the parts and requirements of the regulation. A series of seminars were scheduled to discuss specific parts such as: (Note: These seminars are no longer scheduled.)
|Parts 1 to 4||
Definitions, General Duties, Workplace Safety &
Health Committees & General Workplace Requirements
|Part 12||Hearing Conservation & Noise|
|Part 15||Confined Space|
|Part 35||Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)|
|Part 36||Chemical & Biological Substances|
As noted above, the new regulation totally re-works the existing legislation.
A number of new parts not previously addressed are included in the new regulations such as musculoskeletal injuries, Oil and Gas and Firefighters.
There are also some changes to the existing legislation that have triggered control measures to be reduced such as noise exposure from 90 dBA to 85 dBA.
Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Regulation 217/2006 Awareness Sessions
Pinchin Environmental offered a series of seminars on topical Pinchin Services to help clients understand the new regulations and the impact on your company. (These complimentary sessions are no longer available.)
|Section #||Name of Section||Comment|
|1||Definitions and General Matters||New|
|3||Workplace Safety and Health Committees and Representatives||Replaces MR 106/88R|
|4||General Workplace Requirements||New|
|5||First Aid||Replaces MR140/98|
|6||Personal Protective Equipment||New– Previously Enformed Through Guidelines|
|7||Storage of Materials, Equipment, Machines and Tools||New– Previously Enformed Through Guidelines|
|9||Working Alone Or In Isolation||Replaces MR 105/88R|
|11||Violence in the Workplace||New|
|12||Hearing Conservation and Noise Control||Replaces MR 227/94|
|13||Entrances, Exits, Stairways and Ladders||New– Previously Enformed Through Guidelines|
|14||Fall Protection||New– Previously Enformed Through Guidelines|
|15||Confined Spaces||New– Previously Enformed Through Guidelines|
|16||Machines, Tools and Robots||Replaces MR 108/88|
|17||Welding and Allied Processes||New– Previously Enformed Through Guidelines|
|18||Radiation||New– Previously Enformed Through Guidelines|
|19||Fire and Explosive Hazards||New– Previously Enformed Through Guidelines|
|20||Vehicular and Pedestrian Traffic||New– Previously Enformed Through Guidelines|
|21||Emergency Washing Facilities||New– Previously Enformed Through Guidelines|
|22||Powered Mobile Equipment (PME)||New– Previously Enformed Through Guidelines|
|23||Cranes and Hoists||Replaces MR 99/88|
|24||Pile Driving||New– Previously Enformed Through Guidelines|
|25||Work in the Vicinity of Overhead Electrical Lines||Replaces MR189/85|
|26||Excavation and Tunnels||New– Previously Enformed Through Guidelines|
|27||Work in a Compressed Air Environment||New|
|28||Scaffolds and Other Elevated Work Platforms||Replaces MR 189/85|
|29||Falsework and Flyforms||Replaces MR 189/85|
|30||Temporary Structures||Replaces MR 189/85|
|31||Roof Work||Replaces MR 189/85|
|32||Precast Concrete||Replaces MR 189/85|
|33||Demolition Work||Replaces MR 189/85|
|34||Explosives||Replaces MR 108/88R|
|35||Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems||Replaces MR 52/88R|
|36||Chemical and Biological Substances||Replaces MR 53/88R|
|37||Asbestos||New– Previously Enformed Through Guidelines|
|38||Electrical Safety||New– Previously Enformed Through Guidelines|
|39||Health Care Facilities||New– Previously Enformed Through Guidelines|
|40||Forestry and Aboriculture||New– Previously Enformed Through Guidelines|
|41||Oil and Gas||New|