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Roles and Responsibilities

Roles and responsibilities

Employer responsibilities
  • Develop a health and safety program and comply with the Workers Compensation Act [link] and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation [link]
  • Create a safe workplace through:
    • training and education
    • appropriate supervision
    • policies, procedures, and equipment that support a safe workplace
  • Workplace inspections and risk management [see module on workplace inspections and risk assessment]
  • Establish a first aid program [see module on first aid]
  • Address issues and problems reported by workers

Supervisor responsibilities:

  • Orient new workers
  • Train workers regularly
  • Hold regular safety meetings with employees
  • Perform inspections and investigations
  • Reports any health and safety hazards
  • Resolve unsafe conditions or behaviours

Worker responsibilities:

  • Learn and follow safe work procedures
  • Correct or report hazards
  • Participate in inspections and investigations when appropriate
  • Use personal protective equipment (PPE) when required
  • Help create a safe workplace and recommend improvements for health and safety

In a small business, these roles may overlap.