Manitoba gets tougher on risk of violence at work

Certain at-risk sectors required to have policy, train workers
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/11/2011

Amendments to Manitoba’s Workplace Safety and Health Regulation make it one of the tougher jurisdictions with measures in place to prevent violence in the workplace, according to Jamie Jurczak, an associate at law firm Taylor McCarthy in Winnipeg.

“It’s heightening the awareness that violence does take place in the workplace and is also telling employers that they have to do something actively to take steps to try and prevent incidents of violence that may happen to their workers,” she said. “They can’t just assume violence is part of the job and have to put up with it. Employers are now being expected to take an active role… to put measures and procedures in place to eliminate that risk or reduce the risk as much as they can.”

As of Aug. 31, 2011, employers in certain sectors in Manitoba that statistically have a greater risk of violence — such as
pharmaceutical dispensing, health care, finance, law enforcement, taxicabs, licensed premises and education — are mandated to develop a violence prevention policy.