Workplace Safety and Health Program

A Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Program consists of eleven program elements. Safety and Health Services has been diligently working towards completing these elements. The next phase in the development of the RRC WSH program is to have the RRC community review the Codes of Practice and provide feedback. The RRC WSH Program will not only meet the MB WSH regulatory requirements but when possible will exceed them.

Codes of Practice

How were the Codes of Practice developed?

Safety and Health Services partnered with 1Life Safety Solutions to work in collaboration with the twenty high risk areas (these areas include Transportation, Allied Health and Life Sciences, Facilities, Carpentry, etc.) to develop the following Codes of Practice. The process involved the participants from these areas to develop a critical task analysis for their program/department areas.

Why should I review this if I am not part of the high risk areas?

The Codes of Practice are required to be followed by all departments, program areas, staff, faculty, students, and visitors.

When you review the documents think about how the following:

  • How will the Codes of Practice be enforced in your area?
  • What are some challenges that you may be faced with trying to implement these?
  • What will be simple to implement?
  • How will you communicate these supporting documents?

Where do I go if I have questions or concerns with the Codes of Practice?

You have a few options to seek the assistance:

  • WSH Committee Rep
  • Safety and Health Officers
  • Email your questions and comments to safety@rrc.ca by June 28, 2019
  • Call 204-632-2511 and your question/comment will be triaged to the appropriate SHS staff

Role of WSH Committees

The WSH Committees play a key role in the development of the WSH Program. The committees are expected to send the documents out to its members. The members need to share this information with their coworkers (ie. staff meeting) and review and track the feedback from the coworkers. This in turn will be shared at the WSH Committee meeting.

What is the process to approve the Codes of Practice?

  1. Once SHS receives the feedback from WSH Committees or from individual staff and students then a final review and edits to the documents will be made.
  2. The Director of SHS will present the Codes of Practice to the WSH Advisory Committee who will ultimately approve them.
  3. The Executive Director of Academic will then take the supporting documents to the Senior Leadership Team to advise that the Codes of Practice have been approved.

Implementation of Codes of Practice

Once the approvals have been made then SHS will send out a communication that the supporting documents have been approved and an effective go live date will be set.

The communication will be sent out through a variety of ways:

  • WSH Committees
  • Staff News
  • All Staff Email
  • All Student Email
  • Student Association
  • Safety and Health Services website

WSH Program Living Document

It is important to note that the WSH Program is a living document. It is expected that the safety policy, codes of practice, and supporting documents will need to change over time.

Once the WSH Program is fully developed then it will be evaluated every three years.

Final Thoughts

SHS is developing a program that will be easily adopted by all academic and non academic areas. We are seeking your feedback to create a program that you will understand, follow it, suggest changes to make it better and finally share it with others so they know what is expected of them.