Manitoba moves to protect health-care workers

Legislation aims to reduce number of injuries from needles
||Last Updated: 09/01/2005

Manitoba is proposing a number of changes to its Workplace Safety and Health Act which it says will improve protection for health-care workers.

“Needle-stick injuries pose a significant risk to health-care workers from blood-borne diseases,” said Manitoba’s Labour and Immigration Minister Nancy Allan. “These proposals will ensure employers in the health-care sector implement procedures and require the use of safety-engineered needles to reduce the potential for injuries to their workers.”

Under the proposed amendments, employers would be required to ensure that: