Role Of Workplace Supervisors

Role of Supervisor in Workplace Safety Health

What is the role and Safety Responsibilities for Supervisors in workplaces?

Workplace Supervisors are responsible for a great number of things. From getting taking attendance, ensuring everyone is present, to breaking the job down to smaller chunks for his/her crew to making sure that things are safe and productive. Workplace Supervisors must ensure a safe workplace for employees. Employees must be able to report unsafe or unhealthful workplace conditions or hazards to the Workplace Supervisor without fear.


This is a list of some of the primary responsibilities that workplace supervisors have in the area of occupational safety and health for all employees under their supervision.

Ensure Workers are present

Workers need to be present not just physically but also mentality. The Workplace Supervisor will know if the worker had been drinking the previous night or has some personal issues. If the worker is not mentality prepared for the work, then accidents could happen.


Conduct Orientation and Training of Employees:

The workplace supervisor needs to train and instruct his workers so they can perform their work safely and on good time. They need to follow the methods of work so that results do not deviate.  The workplace supervisor must know what equipment, tools and personal protective equipment is needed for each task and how these are to be used. Equipment, tools and PPE must be properly used, stored and maintained. The workplace supervisor must also know what training and mandatory training that the workers need to attend or any expiry dates. The workplace supervisor should also know when they need to go for renewals.

Enforce Safe Methods of Work:

The workplace supervisor must enforce safe methods of work at the job site and with his workers. He must be willing to stop and rectify issues as well as non-conformance. Workplace Supervisor must be prepared to take action like retraining or even getting HR involved. Workplace Supervisor needs to also be prepared to speak to the Workplace Safety Health Officer or the Workplace Safety Health Coordinator.

Correct Unsafe Conditions:

The Workplace Supervisor must take immediate steps to correct unsafe or unhealthful workplace conditions or hazards within their authority and ability to do so. When an unsafe or unhealthful workplace condition or hazard cannot be immediately corrected, the workplace supervisor must take temporary precautionary measures. The workplace Supervisor must follow-up to ensure that corrective measures are completed in a timely manner to address the hazard.


 Investigate Workplace Accidents:

The workplace Supervisor are also involved in accident investigations and for the workplace supervisor needs to ensure that any notices or reports need to be submitted on time. The workplace supervisor will also have to follow up on corrective measures and ensure all safety measures are compiled to.


These are just some of the things that the workplace supervisor has to do. Are your supervisors up to the challenge?


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