Supervisors need to take a tough-caring leadership approach to safety. In other words, employers must insist their employees comply with safety policies and rules because they care about the welfare of the employee and not because it is the policy.
This course will help new supervisors gain a greater understanding of their responsibilities and obligations to provide physical resources and psychosocial support to ensure work areas are safe and healthful. This course emphasizes administering appropriate and effective accountability through the application of positive and negative consequences. Supervisors will also learn how to take advantage of "opportunities for safety leadership" on a daily basis.
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The supervisor is the one person who can take immediate, direct action to make sure that his or her work area is safe and healthful for all employees. Russell DeReamer, author of Modern Safety Practices, considers the supervisor the only person who can control employees, machines, and working conditions on a daily, full-time basis.
In his text, Occupational Safety and Health Management, Thomas Anton relates that the supervisor bears the greatest responsibility and accountability for implementing the safety and health program because it is he or she who works most directly with the employee. It is important that the supervisor understands and applies successful management and leadership principles to safety and health to make sure employees enjoy an injury- and illness-free work environment.
This course introduces you to key elements that help the supervisor demonstrate the "5-STARS" of supervision and leadership within the safety and health function. The key 5-STARS of safety supervision and leadership are:
Supervision - overseeing work activities to make sure employees are safe.
Training - conducting safety education and training.
Accountability - insisting everyone complies with company safety policies and rules.
Resources - providing physical resources (tools, equipment, materials, etc.) so employees can work safely.
Support - creating a supportive psychosocial work environment (schedules, workloads, recognition, etc.) so employee do not work under undue stress.
Supervisors can demonstrate leadership by directly providing employees the resources, motivation, priorities, and accountability for ensuring their safety and health. Enlightened supervisors understand the value in creating and fostering a strong safety culture within their department. Safety is elevated so that it is a value as opposed to something that must be done or accomplished. Integrating safety and health concerns into the everyday supervision allows for a proactive approach to accident prevention and demonstrates the importance of working safely.
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After studying the course material and answering the quiz questions, it is time to take the final exam. We highly recommend answering the module quiz questions to check your understanding of the course material. The final exam questions are typically developed from these quiz questions.
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Course 712 Study Guide. You can save this study guide to your computer for offline studying, or print the study guide if you prefer.