Preventing violence in your Manitoba workplace

Part 11 of the Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Regulation requires some workplaces to have written measures in place to prevent and address violence.

Compulsory workplaces include:

  • Retailers that are open between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
  • Licensed premises under the The Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Act
  • Healthcare services
  • Pharmaceutical-dispensing services
  • Education services
  • Financial services
  • Law enforcement services
  • Security services
  • Crisis counselling and intervention services
  • public transportation (eg. taxi cabs)

Violence includes:

  • Attempted or actual exercise of physical force against a person;
  • Threatening statements or behavior that gives someone reason to believe physical force will be used against them.

Develop your policy in consultation with your: 

  • Safety and Health Committee (if you have more than 20 workers);
  • Worker Representative (if you employ 5-19 workers); or 
  • Employees (if you have 4 or fewer workers).

Key steps include:

  • Identify and assess the risk of violence;
  • Establish plans to eliminate or minimize the risk;
  • Outline how incidents will be reported and investigated;
  • Train all staff. As the employer, you need to ensure that everyone complies with the policy.

Information is available from SafeWork Manitoba's Guide.

How about your company's harassment-prevention policy?

Visit Preventing harassment at your Manitoba company for information and a template to set up your own harassment prevention policy.

CFIB’s Business Advisors are available to help you understand Manitoba's Workplace Safety & Health requirements. You can reach us at 1-833-568-2342 or