Who is a safety supervisor?
A safety supervisor is someone saddled with a lot of safety responsibilities on day-to-day activities in the workplace. A safety supervisor does not only assign tasks but ensures that all places in the work site are safe for all workers, contractors, suppliers and even visitors in the workplace.
Safety supervisors have enormous duties and responsibilities that are listed below.
- Safety supervisors are responsible for the safety performance of their team at all times.
- They are to enforce all safe systems of work. They ensure the workers follow them to the letter in their work.
- Safety supervisors conduct safety meetings at least once every month and report that to the management.
- The safety supervisor conducts unsafe act audits and reports the outcome to the management head.
- Make reports on any job yet to be in the safe systems of work. The supervisor updates them immediately into the Safe system of work.
- Health and safety supervisors conduct safety Training and other necessary training as fit by the management.
- Conducts accident investigation and reporting with other team members.
- Make reports on all health problems of an employee to the management.
- Conducts daily, weekly and monthly safety inspections and documents them for reference.
- Makes provision for on-the-job training for the workers relating to job instructions and work procedures
Health and safety supervisor duties and responsibilities
- Safety supervisors monitor the workers and ensure that they are work safe at all times.
- Responsible for assigning safety meetings and making provisions for all attendees.
- When work changes happen, the safety supervisors update the risk assessment and communicate the changes to the workers.
- Conducts Job hazard analysis with others and provides the document for everywhere to read.
- Writes the risk assessment for jobs with others and submits the document for work use.
- Makes daily spot checks and inspections of work tools, equipment and site and makes the necessary actions towards correcting any seen hazards.
- Ensures that all employees abide by the health and safety rules existing in the workplace.
- Trains all workers in the emergency action plans in place
- Ensures that they conduct emergency drills at the workplace at specific times.
- Sets up safety signs and signages at the designated place and ensures they are visible enough for all workers to see.
- Ensures that all injured personnel receives immediate treatment and attention and document the report to the management.
- The safety supervisor instructs all employees to inspect their tools daily and report the damaged ones to the appropriate channels for repairs.
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Onyeka Emma is a QHSE Professional, a business person, and an entrepreneur. He is very passionate about health and safety, Business and Entrepreneurship.