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Policy Purpose

Under section 54.1 of The Workers Compensation Act (the Act) the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) has a mandate to "promote safety and health in workplaces and to prevent and reduce the occurrence of workplace injury and illness." Under this mandate the WCB must:

a) promote public awareness of workplace safety and health and injury and illness prevention;

b) promote an understanding of and compliance with the Act and The Workplace Safety and Health Act;

c) foster commitment to workplace safety and health and to injury and illness prevention among employers, workers and other persons;

d) work with organizations engaged in workplace injury and illness prevention to promote workplace safety and health;

e) provide training and education about preventing workplace injury and illness;

f) develop standards for workplace safety and health and training programs, including certification processes for providers; and

g) publish reports, studies or recommendations about workplace safety and health and injury and illness prevention. The SAFE Work Certified Program (SWCP) is a key component in fulfilling this mandate.

The SWCP is administered by SAFE Work Manitoba, a separate arm of the WCB responsible for prevention programs and services. This policy sets out the goals of the SWCP, the principles underlying the SWCP, and the general framework under which the SWCP operates.