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 "5-STARS" 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 and 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.
To begin your training, click on the module links below. If you are just starting this course, you should start with module 1.
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After you have studied all of the course material and taken the module quizzes, you can take the final exam. The module quizzes are optional, but we highly recommend you take each quiz, as the questions are similar to those on the final exam.
This is an open book exam. As you are taking the exam, if you find a question you are unsure of, you should use the course study guide or course web pages to research the correct answer. Don't worry if you fail the exam. You can study and retake the exam when you are ready.
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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.