Supervisor Responsibilities and Training Records

Supervisor Responsibilities

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 wellbeing.

  • 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 dilligence in the event of a Ministry of Labour investigation.  

To assist supervisors with training record keeping, the Joint Health and Safety Committee has developed a Safety Orientation Check-List and Training Record Form.  The form is available for download here (right-click to save to your hard-drive):

Safety Orientation Check-List and Training Record Form.pdf


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