Know the Laws of Your Province – Supervisor Duties

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Here are the specific duties imposed on supervisors under the OHS laws in each jurisdiction.

SUPERVISOR DUTIES

RELEVANT SEC. OF THE OHS LAW

FED

OHS law doesn’t spell out specific supervisor duties.

N/A

AB

OHS law doesn’t spell out specific supervisor duties.

N/A

BC

In general, supervisors must:

(a) ensure the health and safety of all workers under their direct supervision;

(b) be knowledgeable about the OHS law and regulations applicable to the work being supervised; and

(c) comply with the OHS law, regulations and any applicable orders.

 

Supervisors must also:

(a) ensure that the workers under their direct supervision are made aware of all known or reasonably foreseeable health or safety hazards in the area where they work and comply with the OHS law, regulations and any applicable orders;

(b) consult and cooperate with the JHSC or worker health and safety representative for the workplace; and

(c) cooperate with the WCB, officers of the WCB and any other person carrying out a duty under the OHS law or the regulations.

Workers’ Compensation Act, Sec. 117

MB

Supervisors must:

(a) so far as is reasonably practicable:

(i) take all precautions necessary to protect the safety and health of a worker under their supervision;

(ii) ensure that a worker under their supervision works in the manner and in accordance with the procedures and measures required by the OHS law and regulations; and

(iii) ensure that a worker under their supervision uses all devices and wears all clothing and PPE designated or provided by the employer or required to be used or worn by the OHS law or regulations;

(b) advise a worker under their direct supervision of all known or reasonably foreseeable risk to safety and health in the area where the worker’s performing work;

(c) cooperate with any other person exercising a duty imposed by the OHS law or the regulations; and

(d) comply with the OHS laws and regulations.

Workplace Safety and Health Act, Sec. 4.1

NB

OHS law doesn’t spell out specific supervisor duties. However, the definition of “employer” specifically includes supervisors and “any person having authority over an employee.”

 

In general, employers must:

(a) take every reasonable precaution to ensure the health and safety of their employees;

(b) comply with the OHS law, regulations and any order made in accordance with the OHS law or regulations; and

(c) ensure that their employees comply with the OHS law, regulations and any order made in accordance with the OHS law or the regulations;

 

Employers must also:

(a) ensure that the necessary systems or work, tools, equipment, machines, devices and materials are maintained in good condition and are of minimum risk to health and safety when used as directed by the supplier or in accordance with the directions supplied by the supplier;

(b) ensure that the workplace is inspected at least once a month to identify any health and safety risks;

(c) acquaint an employee with any hazard in connection with the use, handling, storage, disposal and transport of any tool, equipment, machine, device or biological, chemical or physical agent;

(d) provide such information, instruction, training and supervision as are necessary to ensure an employee’s health and safety;

(e) provide and maintain in good condition such PPE as is required by regulation and ensure that such equipment is used by an employee in the course of work; and

(f) cooperate with the JHSC, health and safety representative and with any person responsible for the enforcement of the OHS law and regulations.

OHS Act, Sec. 9

NL

In general, supervisors must ensure, where it’s reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of all workers under their supervision.

 

Supervisors must also:

(a) advise workers under their supervision of the health or safety hazards in the workplace;

(b) provide proper written or oral instructions regarding precautions to be taken for the protection of all workers under their supervision; and

(c) ensure that a worker under their supervision uses or wears PPE, devices or other apparel that the OHS act, regulations or the employer requires to be used or worn.

OHS Act, Secs. 5.1 and 5.2

NT/

NU

Supervisors are responsible for the proper instruction of workers under their direction and control and for ensuring that work is performed without undue risk.

General Safety Regulations, Sec. 10

NS

OHS law doesn’t spell out specific supervisor duties.

N/A

ON

In general, supervisors must ensure that a worker:

(a) works in the manner and with the protective devices, measures and procedures required by the OHS law and the regulations; and

(b) uses or wears the equipment, protective devices or clothing that the worker’s employer requires to be used or worn.

 

Supervisors must also:

(a) advise a worker of the existence of any potential or actual danger to the health or safety of the worker of which they’re aware;

(b) where so prescribed, provide a worker with written instructions as to the measures to be taken for the worker’s protection; and

(c) take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the worker’s protection.

OHS Act, Sec. 27

PE

OHS law doesn’t spell out specific supervisor duties.

N/A

QC

OHS law doesn’t spell out specific supervisor duties.

N/A

SK

Supervisors must ensure that the workers under their direction comply with the OHS law and any regulations made pursuant to the OHS law that apply to the place of employment.

OHS Regulations, Sec 17(2)

YT

Supervisors are responsible for:

(a) the proper instruction of workers under their direction and control and for ensuring that work is performed without undue risk;

(b) ensuring that a worker uses or wears the equipment, protective devices or clothing required under the OHS law or by the nature of the work;

(c) advising a worker of the existence of any potential or actual danger to the worker’s health or safety of which they’re aware; and

(d) If so prescribed, providing a worker with written instructions as to the measures and procedures to be taken for the worker’s protection.

OHS Act, Sec. 7