Course 712 - Safety Supervision and Leadership

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A system of measurement for supervisors

Employees. The most common method to measure and evaluate employee safety behavior and performance is for the supervisor to randomly observe and record behaviors in the workplace. This is why it is very important that supervisors regularly oversee work activity.

Throughout the measurement process, the supervisor may offer valuable feedback on the spot, and possibly prevent injury to the employee. Some companies also employ coworker or peer observations to continually monitor and correct unsafe work practices. It's important to note that generally compliance and reporting behaviors over which the employee has control are measured. . Generally, the number of accidents (results) an employee has within a given period should not be a measurement criteria because employees, supervisors and managers individually do not have control of that particular statistical result.

What are the personal safety behaviors supervisors and managers should expect from themselves and employees?

  • Complying with company safety rules. Meeting the employer's expectation in work conduct.
  • Reporting workplace hazards. As soon as possible to the supervisor and safety committee representative.
  • Reporting workplace injuries. No matter how minor. To minimize the negative impact on the employee and company.

Supervisors and Managers. Naturally, supervisor and manager safety behavior should be assessed and evaluated in the same manner as with employees. Again, process activity is measured, not results. For instance, a supervisor may be exceeding corporate expectations in safety behavior, yet still suffer accidents in his or her area of responsibility.

What are the corporate safety behaviors the employer should expect from supervisors and managers?

  • Providing a safe workplace, including safe materials, tools, equipment, and environment within their area of responsibility.
  • Providing effective safety oversight. Regularly inspecting work being done.
  • Providing effective safety training. Hands-on demonstration on the job.
  • Holding employees accountable for safety. Fairly and consistently applying consequences. Employees expect consequences.