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Workplace accessibility FAQs: emergency response information

Current faculty and staff should complete the worksheet

December 16, 2019 — 

The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) requires all employers to create emergency response plans for employees who may face a barrier in an emergency situation.

A barrier is any physical or non-physical obstacle that people with a disability face.  Barriers can be permanent or temporary; and not all barriers are visible or happen to impact a person’s work life. For instance, people may face barriers in an emergency situation due to conditions such as panic attacks, heart conditions or asthma.

Current faculty and staff with a disability that may affect their ability to remain safe in an emergency are asked to fill out the confidential Employee Emergency Information Worksheet on the human resources website as soon as possible.


Q: Do all faculty and staff need to complete the Employee Emergency Information Worksheet?

A: No, only faculty and staff that face barriers that may impact their ability to remain safe in an emergency.

Q: Do students need to complete the Employee Emergency Information Worksheet?

A: Only if a student is employed at the University of Manitoba and may face a barrier during an emergency.

All other students do not need to fill out the worksheet. This accessibility standard applies to employment only.

For student accommodations, please contact student accessibility services.

Q: Do part-time and casual employees need to fill out the Employee Emergency Information Worksheet?

A: Yes, all employees that may face a barrier must fill out the worksheet; regardless if your employment is full-time, part-time, casual, or a term/project.

Q: Will my information remain confidential?

A: Yes, all information will be kept confidential and will only be shared with your consent.

Q: Human Resources is aware of my disability since I am currently on a modified duty/return to work program, will I still need to fill out the worksheet?

A: Yes, you will need to fill out the Employee Emergency Information Worksheet as this is the first step in creating your personalized emergency response plan.  The plan may need to account for additional barriers that differ from of those identified in your current accommodation plan.

Q: I have a short-term disability and I completed the Employee Emergency Information Worksheet. Who do I notify when I no longer require emergency assistance?

A: Contact the Environmental Health and Safety Office at EHSO [at] umanitoba [dot] ca.


If you have questions about the emergency response standard and individual plans, please contact employee wellness at um[dot]accessibility[at]umanitoba[dot]ca

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