Third Session, Thirty-Eighth Legislature

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Bill 23


Explanatory Note

(Assented to                                         )

HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

C.C.S.M. c. W210 amended

1           The Workplace Safety and Health Act is amended by this Act.

2           The following is added after section 45 and before the centred heading "GENERAL PROVISIONS":


Use of safety-engineered needles

45.1(1)     When hollow-bore or intravenous needles are used in a medical workplace, the employer must ensure

(a) so far as is reasonably practicable, that workers use only safety-engineered needles; and

(b) that safe work procedures and practices relating to the use of those safety-engineered needles are implemented in the workplace.

If safety-engineered needles not practicable

45.1(2)     If it is not reasonably practicable to use safety-engineered needles in a medical workplace, the employer must ensure that safe work procedures and practices relating to the use of hollow-bore or intravenous needles are implemented in the workplace.

Procedures — needlestick injuries

45.1(3)     The employer must develop procedures to be followed in a medical workplace when a worker suffers a needlestick injury, including instructions for the worker suffering the injury.

Investigation and report required

45.1(4)     The employer must investigate and prepare a report on every needlestick injury to a worker in a medical workplace.


45.1(5)     The following definitions apply in this section.

"medical workplace" means

(a) a hospital, a personal care home, a psychiatric facility, a medical clinic, a medical laboratory, a community health centre and CancerCare Manitoba;

(b) a physician's office;

(c) if prescribed by regulation, a registered dentist's office;

(d) an ambulance as defined in The Ambulance Services Act; and

(e) any other workplace where physical or mental health treatment or care is provided to a person. (« lieu de travail en milieu médical »)

"needlestick injury" means an injury caused by a hollow-bore or intravenous needle puncturing a person's skin or mucous membrane. (« blessure par piqûre d'aiguille »)

"safety-engineered needle" includes a shielded needle device, a retractable needle system and a needleless device. (« seringue conçue en vue d'un usage sécuritaire »)

Coming into force

3           This Act comes into force on January 1, 2006.

Explanatory Note

This Bill requires medical workplaces to protect workers by ensuring that safety-engineered needles — such as shielded needle devices or retractable needle systems — are used whenever possible.  In addition, they must implement safe work procedures and practices relating to the use of needles.