Preventing workplace injuries is the most effective way to protect workers and control an employer’s workers compensation costs. The SAFE Work Services team at the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba is here to help. They offer a number of free workshops throughout the year that address important topics for employers.

“The workshops run throughout the year and cover key areas, such as WCB Basics, Return to Work Basics and Injury Prevention Basics,” explains Dwight Doell, Acting Director of SAFE Work Services. “Last year, we witnessed a huge interest in our Injury Prevention Basics workshop with 250 participants. Since 2008, we’ve had over 1,150 participants attend the WCB Basics.”

The third workshop is also a perennial favourite. The Return to Work (RTW) Basics has reached over 900 participants since 2009. For employers, a RTW program can improve recovery, facilitate safe and timely return to work and prevent other injuries. The best RTW programs involve participation, meaningful and safe work, communication and proactive early intervention.

If you’ve ever wondered what the benefits to a RTW program are, here’s what an effective program can deliver:

  • Retain valued and experienced employees
  • Reduce costs associated with training and recruiting replacement staff
  • Maintain productivity and team dynamics
  • Reduce the costs of injuries and WCB premiums
  • Meet legal requirements related to WCB legislation
  • Improve workplace morale

To register online for any of the workshops, visit the Events page on www.safemanitoba.com. For more information on Return to Work Basics, WCB Basics or Injury Prevention Basics, contact WCB’s SAFE Work Services at mail to:[email protected] or by phone at 204-954-4501 or toll free 1-800-362-3340.