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S.M. 2005, c. 15
Bill 23, 3rd Session, 38th Legislature
The Workplace Safety and Health Amendment Act (Needles in Medical Workplaces)
| Bill 23 (38-3)
as distributed after 1st reading
(Assented to June 9, 2005)
HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:
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":
NEEDLES IN MEDICAL WORKPLACES
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.
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.
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.
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 »)
3 This Act comes into force on January 1, 2006.