Manitoba: Employers Will Have to Report Violent Incidents in Workplace

All Manitoba employers will now have to report annually on all violent incidents in their workplace, as part of a set of changes coming to the province’s workplace and safety rules.

Labour Minister Jennifer Howard said the changes will take effect at the end of August and will also require all employers to develop policies on how to get immediate help when workers are threatened.  “You need a way for an employee to call for help, to get immediate help, and they need to know what that procedure is,” said Howard.  She said tracking and reporting violence in the workplace can be “helpful” in assessing what level of risk there is, as well as raising awareness among workers about the importance of coming forward.

“I think in some workplaces, unfortunately, there has been an acceptance of a certain level of violent activity where people don’t think of these things as workplace safety and health issues that they need to report, so I think this helps to raise that awareness,” she said, adding inspectors will have access to the reports.

The changes also make it clear personal information can be released amongst employees to protect workers from violence, an issue that’s cropped up in the health-care sector due to privacy legislation.

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