Training of Supervisors: A Cornerstone of the Internal Responsibility System and Effective Safety Management

Author: 1lifeadmin | Posted on May 11, 2018

Supervisors also know as managers, foremen and lead hands have shown to be the greatest influencers of the behaviours and safety performance of their employees.  Studies have also shown that when supervisors are trained in the purpose and function of the Safety Management System and how WCB works it has resulted in significant reduction in WCB claims and related costs.[divider size=”30px”]

Finally training of Supervisors is a legal requirement under workplace safety and health regulatory requirements. Training supervisors sets both your employees and the organization up to succeed and is a key element of responsible risk management practices.[divider size=”30px”]

What must your Supervisors need to be able to do?[divider size=”10px”]

  Take the necessary precautions to protect the safety and health of workers under their supervision.[divider size=”5px”]

  Ensure that workers comply with safe work procedures.[divider size=”5px”]

  Advise workers of safety and health hazards in the work area.[divider size=”5px”]

  Enforce safe work and use disciplinary action where necessary.[divider size=”30px”]

What should be in your Supervisor Training Plan?[divider size=”10px”]

Supervisors have an important role to play in preventing workplace injuries and illnesses; therefore, they must be trained to fulfill that role.  Supervisors need all the instruction given to workers, plus the following training:[divider size=”5px”]

  Relevant elements of the workplace safety and health program, including roles and responsibilities.[divider size=”5px”]

  Hazard identification, assessment and control.[divider size=”5px”]

  Conducting workplace inspections.[divider size=”5px”]

  Use, care and limitations of personal protective equipment.[divider size=”5px”]

  Requirements for worker training, competency, enforcement of safe work and disciplinary action.[divider size=”5px”]

  How to provide coaching and motivation to employees.[divider size=”5px”]

  Applicable sections of the WSH Act and regulations.[divider size=”5px”]

  Any other matters necessary to ensure the safety and health of workers under their direction.[divider size=”30px”]


In determining whether a defense of “due diligence” is valid, a judge or jury considers three main factors:[divider size=”20px”]

  Foreseeability – could a reasonable person have foreseen that something could go wrong?[divider size=”5px”]

  Preventability – was there an opportunity to prevent the incident?[divider size=”5px”]

  Control – who was the responsible person present who could have prevented the incident?[divider size=”30px”]

REMEMBER:  If the training wasn’t documented, it didn’t happen.[divider size=”30px”]

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