Workplace Safety & Health Program for Contractors
Manitoba's Workplace Safety and Health Act requires employers to develop workplace safety and health criteria to evaluate, select and monitor contractors that are involved in work at the workplace. To meet this requirement, the City of Winnipeg has a process applicable to contractors that perform work for the City in the following circumstances:
- construction contracts with an estimated cost greater than $100,000 or considered to have high safety risk by the City and
- non-construction contracts considered to have high safety risk by the City.
Process used to evaluate, select and monitor contractors
This document outlines the process used to evaluate, select and monitor contractors working for the City of Winnipeg. It can be used to communicate contractor safety requirements and contains tools and links to additional resources.
Contractor Safety & Health Program Evaluations
The City of Winnipeg requires bidders on affected Bid Opportunities, to submit, within 5 business days of a request by the City, proof of an "acceptable" safety and health program. Bidders who do not provide proof will not be awarded the Contract.
Proof is considered to be:
- written confirmation of a Manitoba COR™ /SECOR™ program or
- written evaluation and verification by an independent workplace safety and health consultant
"Acceptable" means that the program meets or exceeds the elements required of a safety program as outlined in Section 7.4(5) of the Workplace Safety and Health Act.
A contractor can submit proof to the City prior to any bid submission. COR™/SECOR™ contractors are considered by the City to be a Workplace Safety & Health Program Pre-Qualified Contractor as long as their COR™/SECOR™ remains in good standing. Contractors that have been found to have an acceptable safety and health program by an independent workplace safety and health consultant are considered by the City to be a Workplace Safety & Health Program Pre-Qualified Contractor for three years from the date of the evaluation of their program.
Evaluate a contractor's Workplace Safety & Health Program
Proof of Acceptable Safety & Health Programs
Bidders/Contractors can meet the requirement for independent evaluation of their safety and health program by:
- providing documentation of a Manitoba COR™/SECOR™ program;
(Manitoba COR™/SECOR™; companies must submit a copy of their certificate along with the most recent letter of good standing to their assigned Contract Administrator or if a contract administrator has not yet been assigned, to the City contact person listed below.) or
- providing written confirmation from an independent workplace safety and health consultant satisfactory to the City.
(The company is to provide a copy of a letter signed by their independent workplace safety and health consultant that includes a statement that their program meets the criteria as found in the Contractor Safety & Health Program Evaluation Document. The letter is to be sent to their assigned Contract Administrator or if a contract administrator has not yet been assigned, to the City contact person listed below.)
Manitoba COR™/SECOR™ Certification
The Manitoba Certificate of Recognition Program (COR™/SECOR™) is an occupational health and safety accreditation program that verifies a fully implemented safety & health program which meets national standards. COR™/SECOR™ is endorsed by Manitoba Labour, Workplace Safety and Health Branch and the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba (WCB).
Contractors achieve COR™/SECOR™ by completing courses administered by either the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba CSAM) or the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA). Upon successful completion of all courses, the contractor's safety & health program is independently audited. The results of the audit determine whether the contractor receives Manitoba COR™/SECOR™ standing.
As safety requirements can vary from province to province, the City will only accept COR™ /SECOR™ that is issued by CSAM or MHCA. Contractors that have obtained out of province COR™ /SECOR™ can apply to CSAM or MHCA for Manitoba COR™ /SECOR™ equivalency. The City will accept equivalency granted by CSAM or MHCA.
Independent Safety and Health Program Review
Bidders/Contractors can meet the requirement for independent verification without obtaining COR™/SECOR™ by providing written confirmation from an independent workplace safety and health consultant satisfactory to the City. The safety and health program review is conducted using a standardized evaluation template provided by the City to ensure consistency. The template called the Contractor Safety & Health Program Evaluation Document is based on the requirements of Manitoba's Workplace Safety and Health Act and Regulation.
The completed evaluation document becomes the property of the contractor. The City requires a signed, dated letter from the independent workplace safety and health consultant which includes;
- The Contractor's Legal name, e.g., 45693938 Manitoba Limited,
- The Contractor's business/operating name (if different from the legal name) e.g., Bob's Expert Contracting;
- The date(s) of the evaluation; and
- A statement indicating whether or not the Contractor's safety and health program meets the City's criteria for an acceptable program as found in the Evaluation Document. e.g., 45693938 Manitoba Limited's safety management system, meets the City of Winnipeg's criteria for an acceptable program as found in the City of Winnipeg Contractor Safety Program Evaluation Document dated May 15, 2012.
Independent workplace safety and health consultants satisfactory to the City include persons who:
- have been certified to conduct COR™/SECOR™ audits; or
- hold professional designations such as Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) or equivalent.
Safe Work Plans
A Safe Work Plan indentifies the hazards associated with the specific tasks of the contract work and details the steps the contractor will take to control each hazard. After the City contract is awarded, the pre-qualified contractor may be required to submit a contract specific Safe Work Plan to the City before the work can begin.
The City will monitor the contractor's safety performance during the course of the work using the Safe Work Plan that was prepared by the contractor. Should safety and health concerns arise as a result of the contractor's work activities, the contractor is responsible to address the concerns to the satisfaction of the City.
In the event of unsatisfactory safety performance by the contractor, the City may terminate the contract and remove the contractor's designation as a Workplace Safety & Health Program Pre-Qualified Contractor. In addition, the eligibility of the contractor to perform future work for the City may be impacted.
To ensure the Safe Work Pan includes consistent safety and health information, the contractor may be required to use the City's Safe Work Plan Document.
Workplace Safety & Health Consultants
This page contains details about workplace safety & health consultants that are acceptable to the City.
Workplace Safety & Health Pre-qualified Contractors
This is a page that contains a listing of independently audited contractors that have already submitted evidence of completing an appropriate Workplace Safety & Health Program to the City. Lists of companies certified under the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba and the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association are maintained on their respective websites, please see the links below.
This links to the Manitoba Government's electronically posted copy of The Workplace Safety and Health Act and the Regulations.
This links to the Manitoba Construction Safety Association's Web site, including information regarding the COR program.
This links to the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association's Web page.
Bruce Huchko, Corporate Safety Officer; The Organizational Safety & Occupational Hygiene Branch of the City of Winnipeg, 180 King Street - 4th Floor, Winnipeg, MB R3B 3G8 Telephone number: 204-986-3525 Email Inquiries: BHuchko@winnipeg.ca