Occupational Health and Workers Compensation

EHS has developed a number of programs dealing with occupational health issues, including the following;

Hearing Conservation Program
A comprehensive program has been developed to help staff prevent hearing loss and to meet the requirements as determined by Workplace Safety and Health.  Education, training and annual hearing testing is conducted for all staff exposed to greater than 85dB of noise. Noise monitoring is conducted upon request and areas requiring hearing protection are identified by signage. Follow-up and medical referrals are made as per the WSH Regulations, including an annual report that is forwarded to the Chief Occupational Medical Officer at the WSH Division.

Respiratory Protection Program
Workers who are required to wear a respirator for duties as assigned, are required to fill out a Respirator User Screening form and to be assessed by the Occupational Health Coordinator prior to having a fit test. A fit test is the use of a qualitative or a quantitative method to evaluate the fit of a specific make, model and size of a respirator on an individual.  Click Here for More Details.

Asbestos Medical Surveillance
A program for asbestos exposure follow-up has been implemented in accordance with the WSH Guidelines and the University Asbestos Management Program. Individuals who have a total work exposure time of greater than 100 hours per year are screened in accordance with Workplace Safety and Health Regulations.

Ergonomic Evaluations 
Within the ever expanding world of computer use, there is a growing awareness and concern regarding computer related health problems.The goal of this program is to assist workers to identify, evaluate and control computer related health problems - this includes assessing workers' work habits as well as their equipment. If you would like to have an ergonomic assessment done, please contact Judy Shields by phone at 204-474-6438 or by email Judy.Shields@umanitoba.ca to arrange an appointment.

Immunization and Post-Exposure Program
An immunization program protocol has been developed for laboratories and animal care facilities.  A post exposure treatment protocol for exposure to human blood/body fluids has been developed and posted for both Ft Garry and Bannatyne Campuses.  (Details)

Workers Compensation Program
Claims management requires prompt and accurate reporting of all incidents and injuries. Injured workers are required to complete a Notice of Injury Form (Green Card) at the time of the incident. The occupational health coordinator will be involved in assisting workers and supervisors navigate any work related return to work programs.  Click Here for Forms and Information.

Accident/Incident Investigation procedures and forms have been developed for reporting and follow-up on all accidents/incidents/near miss events. Click Here for Forms and Information. 

Designated First Aid  EHS offers training to workers willing to become designated first aiders in their work areas. The course is provided by a Red Cross certified trainer and is valid for 3 years. Each department is asked to recruit potential designated first aiders for their own area and to provide a stocked first aid kit. To participate in the EHS sponsored training, please e-mail EHSO@umanitoba.ca for details.

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

The University of Manitoba has placed Automated External Defibrillators in many areas throughout the facilities for use by untrained individuals in the event of someone experiencing a suspected heart attack. The AED is used in conjunction with CPR. It is a portable device designed to be simple to use by untrained individuals. When turned on, an automated voice directs the user in clear, easy to understand language. The user MUST call 9-1-1 FIRST to have Emergency Services dispatched.