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How much supervision is enough supervision?

As we approach the end of the year, it is common for businesses to organise an end of year social event for all staff. But to ensure that no one gets hurt and the event is enjoyed by all, there are some simple steps that you should put in place.

By Michael Selinger

How much supervision is enough supervision is a question that challenges organisations of any size when it comes to safety. But how should you make this assessment?

The challenge with supervision is that it involves a number of considerations and there is no ‘one size fits all’.

There is no doubt that from a legislative point of view an employer has the obligation to ensure that workers are appropriately trained and instructed to follow safe procedures of work.

If that has occurred, then why is there a need to provide supervision?

The simple point is that people don’t always follow the procedure for a number of reasons ranging from taking short-cuts, neglect or fatigue, or even because of circumstances changing resulting in the procedure needing to be modified.

And it is often at times like that there is a greater risk of injury.

The challenge is there is only limited numbers of supervisors and a lot of work that could potentially be supervised.

This means that some careful allocation of resources must be done based on factors including:

The questions you should be asking yourself today are:

Do you know what work activities in your organisation require supervision from a safety perspective?

Are you satisfied that the level of supervision for those activities is adequate?

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