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):
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