Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, supervisors have a general legal duty to take every precaution
reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker. In addition, supervisors must:
1. Be familiar with the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations and the University’s
health and safety policies, programs and procedures as they apply to the workplace under their control.
2. Be knowledgeable about potential or actual danger to health and safety in the workplace and advise workers
about these hazards.
3. Ensure that a worker works in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations by
following safe workplace procedures and by ensuring any personal protective equipment, protective devices
and/or clothing required to be used or worn by a worker are properly used and maintained.
4. Provide a worker, where prescribed, with written instructions outlining the measures and procedures to be
followed for the worker’s protection.
5. Provide a worker with instruction and training to protect the health and safety of the worker.