The role of Health &Safety Supervisors explained
While the term 'health &safety supervisor' isn't defined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and Regulations, it covers the supervision of any work performed and duties carried out, says the Health & Safety Advisor.
'It includes all levels of management and employees who have people working under their direct or indirect control.'
The responsibility starts with you and the person you assign (Health & Safety Supervisor) to ensure all employees comply with legislation.
Since the buck stops with you (employer) when it comes to workplace safety, you have a duty to ensure your Health & Safety Supervisors are aware of their responsibilities and that they carry them out efficiently.
Here's what yours needs to do…
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Health and Safety Supervisors have the following four responsibilities – make sure they're aware of them
#1: Your Health & Safety Supervisors have three areas of responsibility:
#2: Your Health & Safety Supervisors must know the OHSA
#3: Supervisors must be aware that the committee meetings consist of four items:
#4: Health & Safety Supervisors must know how to report, investigate and prevent accidents and incidents
They must also know the details and circumstances of accidents to non-employees arising from work activities. And report these to the Department of Labour.
Not only do you need to ensure your Health & Safety Supervisors are aware of their duties, but you also need to ensure they perform these duties well. This will help ensure you're in line with the OHSA.
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