OHS Insider Month in Review – March 2019 Manitoba
LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
|Workers’ Comp Filing Deadline
February 28, 2019
Jan.: “Harmonization” changes to the Workplace Safety & Health Reg. are now in effect:
- Updated workplace first-aid kit and certification requirements in accordance with new CSA standards
- Extension of baseline hearing test requirements from within 70 days of hire to up to 6 months of hire
- Requirement of hearing reports once every 2 years instead of annually
- Modification of the criteria for high-visibility safety apparel, hearing protection, life jackets and personal flotation devices
- Requirement that a secondary air supplied be carried by or within arm’s reach of workers in dangerous atmospheres.
Feb. 12: The WSH is reminding employers to ensure that proper emergency washing facilities are in place so that workers can immediately flush eye injuries. The warning comes less than 2 months after a $124K fine against a mining company for failing to have the required eyewash equipment on hand, resulting in a treatment delay that rendered a worker’s eye injury permanent (see CASES below).
Feb. 5: The federal and provincial governments are providing over $1.1 million in funding to keep the Manitoba Farm Safety Program going for another 5 years. The Program, which is run by Keystone Agricultural Producers in consultation with the Farm Safety Council made up of farm industry representatives, offers tools, training and other safety resources to Manitoba farmers.