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Legislation Information

After all is said and done, it is the law — and an extremely important part of your safety program — to know all the regulations you must be in compliance with. You need to understand the responsibilities of the prime contractor, sub-contractor, building and property owner, and the workers themselves. We’ve made it a little easier for you by offering a list of resources from the Workplace Safety and Health Act, Workers Compensation Board, and Canadian Standards Association.

Workplace Safety and Health Branch

It’s in your best interests to know, understand and apply the legislative requirements for the jurisdiction you work in. The Workplace Safety and Health Act (WSH) spells out the legal duties and responsibilities of people in the workplace. WSH Regulation is specific about the procedures for the type of work to be done. As all workers have the right to know and the right to participate in their own health and safety, every worksite should have a copy of the WSH Act and Regulation readily available.


Copies of the WSH Act and Regulation are available by contacting CSAM. Construction industry employers receive their first copy free, with additional copies of the coil-bound booklet for only $5 each. Or, if you prefer, you can view or download The Workplace Safety and Health Act Chapter W210 C.C.S.M. and Workplace Safety and Health Manitoba Regulation 217/2006.

Codes of Practice

Safe workplaces must recognize and adhere to specific codes. Manitoba has four major codes in place to govern workplace practices. These help keep workers safe and on an even playing field when it comes to completing their tasks. You can review these four codes of practices on the SAFE Work Manitoba website:

Rate Codes

The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba has released the 2022 Classification Codes and New Business Rates. Click here to view the full list and determine your rate code(s).

Workers Compensation Board

A complete policy manual is available and may be purchased from the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba by calling 1.800.362.3340. The CSAM also keeps a current listing of updates to the manual. For more information or to receive a copy of the Workers Compensation Board’s “Who to Call” List, contact the CSAM office in Winnipeg (204-775-3171) or Brandon (204-728-3456). View the Workers Compensation Board.

CSA Standards Information

Manitoba workplace safety and health (WSH) legislation references numerous American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards. If you require a copy of any of the CSA Standards, the CSA Group has changed the link to their OHS View Access Site. The OHS View Access Site allows visitors to view OHS (occupational health and safety) standards referenced in federal, provincial, and territorial OHS regulations. Originally developed in 2008 in collaboration with government OHS departments, the latest version now includes a search function allowing users to more easily locate the standard they are looking for, as well as including new references.

You will need to register online for free with a username and password to access the standards through this site. Once logged in, click on the “standards” at the top left of the page. A dropdown list will appear — select “standards view access.” Another dropdown list will appear. Select “OHS” and then click on “Manitoba.” A list of all applicable CSA standards referenced in the WSH Act and Regulation is available for free viewing or for purchase.

CSAM has also purchased a number of the CSA Standards, available for review purposes only. Please contact the CSAM Office in Winnipeg at 204-775-3171 for more information.

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