Supervisors play an essential role in reinforcing safe work procedures and establishing a culture of safety. However, many people holding supervisory duties or who have just been promoted to a supervisory position do not fully understand their rights and responsibilities. This puts both workers and organizational performance at risk.
To address this gap, Ontario's Ministry of Labour has been developing a suite of products on mandatory health and safety awareness training in the workplace. The newest component is the Supervisor Health and Safety Awareness in 5 Steps workbook and employer guide. This short awareness program, available free of charge from the ministry website, provides basic information about worker rights and responsibilities. Also available from the ministry:
The ministry has developed these products as part of a move toward mandatory health and safety awareness training in the workplace.
Converting awareness into expertise
Awareness is just a starting point for protecting workers and your business. Preventing injuries and business losses involves putting awareness into action.
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) offers a number of solutions aimed at supervisors, as well as workers and employers. Check out related resources on these WSPS "Topics and Hazards" web pages:
WSPS consultants can also provide custom training on all workplace parties' roles and responsibilities.