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UpdatesDec 12, 2013

Are your workplace supervisors suitable for the role?

Supervisors take responsibility for day-to-day tasks in your workplace by providing the necessary direction, coordination and oversight.

To be able to do this, supervisors must be adequately trained and have a thorough understanding of their responsibilities.

By Joanna Weekes

In Friday’s Health & Safety Bulletin, we began to discuss supervision in the workplace, types of work tasks that require supervision, and how much supervision should be provided.

What does the role of a workplace supervisor entail?

Supervisors take responsibility for day-to-day tasks in your workplace by providing the necessary direction, coordination and oversight.

To be able to do this, supervisors must be adequately trained and have a thorough understanding of their responsibilities.

A supervisor’s responsibilities will vary depending on the size of your company, but generally will include things such as:

You need to be confident that your workplace supervisors have the knowledge and skills to manage or direct the work of others on your behalf. This will involve training, instruction and information in the necessary areas of work that they are supervising.

On top of this though, your supervisors will need training in leadership or supervision techniques, including:

You may want to think about having an authorised health and safety training professional provide your supervisors with appropriate training.

Remember, even when competent supervisors are used, you are still responsible for ensuring that the supervision of your workers is adequate. To some extent this may mean supervising your supervisors to ensure they are carrying out their functions properly.

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