Supervisor Responsibilities

Supervisors oversee the work of others and can directly affect how work is performed.  As such, both provincial and federal occupational health and safety legislation requires employers to train supervisors and ensure that they are familiar with the regulations that apply to the work they manage. When supervisors fail to meet their health and safety obligations, the consequences can be serious, ranging from worker injury and illness to orders and fines against the employer.


New and existing supervisors will benefit from this course. Learning modules incorporate WorkSafeBC regulatory requirements and are relevant to all BC industries.  

Course Goals

To support supervisors in understanding their responsibilities to prevent illness and injury and how to implement practical and sustainable methods to achieve due diligence. 

Course Topics

  • General duties of supervisors
  • Due diligence – defining the standard and testing
  • Safety management systems
  • Orientating workers
  • Worker training and supervision
  • Finding and controlling hazards
  • Inspection obligations
  • Navigating regulatory requirements
  • Dealing with work refusals and bullying and harassment complaints
  • Investigating incidents