HANDI-GUIDE to Manitoba's Workplace Safety and Health Act and Regulations - 2019 Edition
By: HATSCAN, Don Buchanan
ISBN/ISSN/Product Number: 978-0-7798-8943-3
Product Type: Book
Number of Pages: Approximately 500 pages
Number of Volumes: 1 volume bound + supplement
Binding: Softcover Coil/Spiral
Publication Date: 2019-03-25
Publisher: Carswell
Price: $50.00

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This handy, in-the-field reference contains the most important OHS legislation in Manitoba, plus interpretive commentary to help you meet or exceed OHS regulations, establish best practices, and understand the importance of OHS due diligence.

Durable, light-weight, practical … this HANDI-GUIDE is perfect at the office or on any work site. It’s a great safety tool for supervisors, workers and safety leaders. It also helps with worker training, and increases worker and supervisor awareness of their responsibilities under workplace safety law.

Throughout, the HANDI-GUIDE provides timely insights and interpretation on the scope and realities of OHS regulations in Manitoba. Each chapter includes updated commentary and legislative references, to help you become familiar with the law and effective OHS compliance.

Updated commentary informs readers about these key duties and achieving OHS due diligence in your workplace or organization. The 2019 Edition also informs users about many other important OHS topics, such as:

  • Penalty amounts for offences under the WSH Act or WSH Regulation, up to a maximum of $500,000, and a maximum of jail sentence up to six months.
  • Explanation of enforcement tools used by the Workplace Safety and Health Branch, such as improvement orders, stop-work orders, administrative penalties, fines and penalties, and prosecution.
  • Listing of administrative penalties which can be issued by WSH officers tickets to employers, workers, supervisors, contractors, suppliers, or self-employed persons.
  • Steps to take when launching a WSH complaint or appeal.
  • Discussion of OHS due diligence concepts, OHS program requirements for employers, and employer/worker cooperation on workplace safety, including information sharing and joint WSH committees.


  • Regulatory Update
  • Chapter 1 - Key Responsibilities
  • Chapter 2 – OHS Due Diligence for Employers
  • Chapter 3 - Actions for Supervisors
  • Chapter 4 - Actions for Workers
  • Chapter 5 - WSH Committees and Representatives
  • Chapter 6 - Online OHS Resources


  • Workplace Safety and Health Act
  • Workplace Safety and Health Regulation (including WHMIS 2015 provisions)
  • Administrative Penalty Regulation
  • Operation of Mines Regulation

The Workplace Safety and Health Act sets out key duties for work site parties, including employers, workers, supervisors, contractors, prime contractors, owners, directors, officers, self-employed persons and suppliers.
Note: Manitoba employers have a general duty to ensure a paper or electronic copy of the WSH Act and relevant regulations are readily available for reference by workers, joint WSH Committees and WSH representatives. Section 2.3 of the WSH Regulation requires employers to provide workers with ready access to OHS legislation, while Section 7.5(1) of the WSH Act requires employers to provide workers with other “required information” that is prescribed by regulation or that may affect worker safety and health and serve to control workplace hazards.

New in the 2019 Edition:

  • Fresh commentary in seven interpretive chapters, including a new Regulatory Update chapter.
  • The latest information on legislative changes and OHS compliance in Manitoba.
  • New WHMIS regulations (reflecting WHMIS 2015 regulatory content) within the updated Workplace Safety and Health Regulation, along with commentary on WHMIS 2015.
  • A listing of “consensus” and “non-consensus” recommendations arising from a statutory review of the Workplace Safety and Health Act (WSH Act) and Workplace Safety and Health Regulation (WSH Regulation) in 2017.
  • Discussion of the Administrative Penalty Regulation, with a listing of types of penalties and penalty amounts.
  • Discussion of key duties under the Operation of Mines Regulation.
  • Key compliance matters under the WSH Act and WSH Regulation, such as: discussion of steps for incident reporting; reporting and refusing unsafe work; review of enforcement strategies and statistics; discussion of improvement orders and stop work orders; insights into the role of the WSH Branch and Safety and Health Officers; and much more.
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About the Author
Don Buchanan is an Edmonton-based writer and editor (www.goodwriter.ca). He was the original editor of the HANDI-GUIDE to Alberta's OH & S Act, Regulation and Code (First Edition) and the ZERO Injuries Handbook. He authors Carswell's series of HANDI-GUIDES, including editions for AB, BC, SK, MB, Atlantic Canada and Federally Regulated Workplaces. He has also contributed to the Carswell series of Triform Notebooks on workplace health and safety. Operating as goodwriter.ca, Don has written for a wide range of corporate clients and publications on diverse topics, including aspects of corporate responsibility, workplace health and safety, workplace wellness, construction/engineering, physical activity and active living, workers' compensation, WHMIS, TDG, and environmental compliance.
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