Manager's Safety Guide

A Safety Snapshot

A few initial notes here put things in perspective on this complex topic.

  • An employer’s primary legal obligation is to keep employees safe.
  • Young people have a significantly higher incidence of accidents and injury at work.
  • Manitoba workplaces with 20 or more employees must have a Safety and Health Committee, employers with fewer employees should appoint a safety representative. Details for both are listed on the Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health website.

That website also has free sample policies and forms available for a number of safety policies and practices, which can be adapted to your needs.

Every employee in Canada has a right,

  • To be aware of safety issues in their workplace.
  • To refuse dangerous work.
  • To be involved in safety solutions.


Safety is a massive and daunting subject. As smaller employees may not have a budget to hire a specialist. If, however, you build a “safety culture” with employees who know their rights and responsibilities, as a team you can ensure safe practices are followed and enhanced over time.

Employee Safety Recommendations

  1. Take a planned, organized approach to safety such as,
    • Compliance – With all laws, regulations, guidelines and good practices in safety.
    • Education – Of all employees in proper safety actions (It becomes second nature in time).
    • Systems – A systematic approach to ensure all are safe in the workplace (i.e. inspections).
    • Enforcement – Of all safety requirements (i.e. inspections, reinforcement, discipline).
  2. Consult a safety specialist to assist with your plans. Also, many other firms are willing to share.
  3. Educate employees through-orientation, on-the-job briefings, job hazard analysis, posting key notices (i.e. no harassment or bullying, workplace violence prevention) and other reinforcements. In time it becomes, “The way we do things here!”
  4. Educate supervisors on their safety responsibilities. They and you are legally liable.
  5. Establish and support a safety committee or safety representative.
    (Remember, safety is the responsibility of management. Don’t hang them out to dry.)
  6. Set targets to reduce accidents, injuries, lost time WCB costs. It pays off and engages staff.

Employees recognize a commitment to safety.
It builds trust and commitment with them.

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