Supervisor Responsibilities and Training Records

What is a supervisor?

Under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) a supervisor is anyone who has authority over another person and can direct how that person does work.  

What does this mean for a supervisor?

Under OHSA a supervisor has a number of duties and responsibilities. These duties and responsibilities include:

  • ensuring that workers follow the law and all University safety rules
  • ensuring that all workers have been properly trained. This includes General Health and Safety training as well as job specific safety training.
  • ensuring that all workers are advised of any workplace hazard that could affect their health and well-being.
  • taking every reasonable precaution in the circumstances to ensure worker health and safety. 

Why keep training records?

Anyone who hires and/or supervises a worker or student must keep a record of safety orientation and job specific training records. Training records are an essential part of demonstrating supervisory due diligence in the event of a Ministry of Labour investigation.