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Supervisor Responsibilities

Supervisor Safety Responsibilities Checklist

Understands Responsibility - Supervisors and PI's should review NC State Health and Safety Manual sections which apply to his/her operation.

Personal Protective Equipment - OSHA requires that each supervisor perform an assessment of the hazards of their work area to determine the type of protective equipment needed. This review must be documented. In addition to forms provided in safety plan mailings (Hazard Assessment Form), the Protective Equipment section of the NC State Health and Safety Manual contains information to assist in this review. This section also includes detailed information to assist with glove selection.

Employee Training - Supervisors and PI's are responsible to assure that each new employee, whether temporary or permanent, receives appropriate safety training at the start of employment. Supervisors should use the Managers Safety Orientation Checklist as the means for training new employees. This form, once completed and signed, should be maintained in the employee's personnel file. The written Safety Plan, required for all work areas where hazardous materials or equipment are used, also serves as the basis for employee safety training. The Training Information section of the EHSC home page provides further information on safety training information available. Safety Meeting Presentations are available on selected topics to assist supervisors with periodic safety training.

Self Inspections - Each supervisor is required to conduct regular inspections of their work area. As a minimum, an annual inspection of the work area using the Supervisor's Safety Inspection Checklist is required for each supervisor required to complete a safety plan. The most recent Supervisor's Safety Inspection Checklist must be retained with the supervisor's copy of the safety plan in the work area (you should not mail the completed checklist, or a copy, to Environmental Health and Safety Center when you submit your safety plan. Please assure that corrective action is taken on any deficiencies noted in your inspection.

Corrective Action Closure - Supervisors must assure that corrective action is taken and completed on deficiencies noted through inspections conducted by Environmental Health and Safety, the NC Department of Insurance, their own self inspections, or resulting from investigations of accidents and incidents. See Occupational Accidents, Illnesses and Reports for information on accident/incident investigation. In some cases, it will be necessary to follow up on corrective action requests submitted. Please be persistent in obtaining closure on corrective action requests.

Employee Involvement - Supervisors should involve their employees in their accident prevention activities. Employee observation and feedback to correct at-risk behaviors of coworkers and praise safe behaviors is an effective and recommended technique. Teams of employees and peers for investigating accidents and incidents and to perform workplace inspections is also recommended.