How to Define if You’re a Supervisor in Your Workplace

Many organizations fail to clearly define who fulfills the role of the supervisor; it’s more than just a title! The Occupational Health and Safety Act defines a supervisor as a person who has charge of a workplace or authority over a worker. There are two separate parts to the definition.

Charge of a workplace refers to broad control over the planning and setup of the work and how the work is carried out. Authority over a worker can be seen as a more specific power to ensure that a worker complies with directions, set standards, policies or procedures.

Under the Act, supervisors must make sure that workers work within the law, use required equipment, clothing, or Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and inform workers of hazards. They must also provide written instructions on the measures and procedures to be taken for worker protection, and take reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of workers under their supervision.

Failure to clearly identify who the supervisor is, may place team leads or lead hands within the supervisor realm. So make sure that titles and responsibilities are clearly defined. If you are a supervisor, you need Supervisor Health and Safety Awareness Training. If you are a worker, you need Worker Health and Safety Awareness Training. Still not sure? Give us a call! 1-800-815-9980


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