A supervisor has many responsibilities. in many organizations, the supervisor is responsible not only for supervisory responsibilities, but also for production responsibilities, that is, to get a product or service out the door. A Supervisor – under OSHA – is responsible for knowing the work hazards his employees face, to make sure they are trained, to enforce safety rules. in short - to fulfill the employer's General Duty to provide a safe workplace.
Work injuries are expensive- in human suffering and real dollars. These costs directly impact a company’s bottom line profitability. The average cost of a "lost time" injury in California in 2011 is $66,922 in direct workers' compensation claims dollars!
A trained supervisor, watching for hazards, training his or her employees, following up on problems, is the employer's best investment to prevent injures.
Why should you attend : OSHA creates an important legal status for a supervisor. They can speak for the company, make admissions which become evidence, authorize inspections and may have responsibilities for compliance with specific safety orders. The defense of “Independent Employee Action” requires that the employer effectively enforces its safety program and has a policy which it enforces of sanctions against employees who violate the safety program.
Yet - do these key persons know what OSHA requires, how to carry out safety policies, let alone what to do if an employee is injured?
While safety may be everyone's job, and anyone can and does act to make things safer or less safe, it is the Supervisor on the scene who makes safety a reality.
Areas Covered in the Session