Ask the Expert – Supervisor Training
Q: As an employer, do I need to have a formal training plan for my supervisors?
Theo Heineman, CRSP, CHSC, B.Sc.Ag.
President & CEO, 1Life Workplace Safety Solutions Ltd.
A: YES. You must provide formal training to all employees that direct the work of others.
Not only to mitigate risk of liability in the event of a workplace incident but more importantly to set your workers up for success and ensure that they return home safe at the end of every workday.
Manitoba employers have been fined more than $50,000 for failing to train Supervisors.
What must your Supervisors need to be able to do?
- Take the necessary precautions to protect the safety and health of workers under their supervision.
- Ensure that workers comply with safe work procedures.
- Advise workers of safety and health hazards in the work area.
- Enforce safe work and use disciplinary action where necessary.
What should be in your Supervisor Training Plan?
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 of the instruction given to workers, plus the following training:
- Relevant elements of the safety management system, including roles and responsibilities.
- Hazard identification, assessment and control.
- Conducting workplace inspections.
- Use, care and limitations of personal protective equipment.
- Requirements for worker training, competency, enforcement of safe work and disciplinary action.
- Coaching and motivation.
- Applicable sections of the WSH Act and regulations.
- Any other matters necessary to ensure the safety and health of workers under their direction.