Supervisors are important to safe workplaces because they are closest to the actual work being done and can address and resolve workers' health and safety concerns.
A supervisor is an individual who is authorized by an employer to oversee or direct the work of the employer’s workers.
Under The Saskatchewan Employment Act, supervisors must:
- Understand and ensure compliance with workplace health and safety requirements;
- Co-operate with the occupational health committee, ensure that it functions properly, and ensure all workers support committee members in their health and safety activities;
- Make sure hazards are identified and proper steps are taken to eliminate the hazards or control the risks;
- Inspect work areas and correct unsafe acts and conditions;
- Instruct and coach workers to follow safe work procedures;
- Ensure only authorized, competent workers operate equipment;
- Ensure equipment is properly maintained;
- Ensure the necessary personal protective equipment is provided to workers and used properly;
- Know how to safely handle, store, produce, and dispose of chemical and biological substances at the workplace;
- Understand and implement emergency procedures;
- Report and investigate incidents (meaning accidents and dangerous occurrences);
- Promote health and safety awareness;
- Co-operate with other parties in dealing with health and safety issues;
- Ensure that workers under their direct supervision are sufficiently supervised; and
- Ensure that workers under their direct supervision are not exposed to harassment at their workplace.