SRS pilots requiring supervisors’ health and safety training within the VPFO

Did you know that supervisors are held accountable for the health and safety of their workplace, and are required to produce documented proof of health and safety procedures and training in the event of a serious incident? Having appropriate health and safety protocol protects you, members of your team, UBC and is simply the right thing to do.

To better equip our supervisors with the tools they need to fulfill this role, starting November 4, 2019 we be piloting making supervisors’ health and safety training required. The pilot will begin in the VPFO.

The Safety Supervision at UBC course details supervisor’s roles and responsibilities. Supervisors are employees that fall into any of the following categories as part of their daily activities:

  • Directing individuals to do tasks
  • Instructing individuals on how to do their tasks
  • Overseeing the performance of individuals in the tasks that they carry out
  • Line manager responsibility for other team members
  • Their job title contains the word “supervisor”

It is approximately 45 minutes in duration and consists of three 15 minute modules that cover the following topics:

  • Legal Responsibilities and Due Diligence
  • Orientation and Training
  • Incident Investigation

Upon successful completion of the course, supervisors will be able to understand what it means in practice to exercise due diligence, carry out orientation and training, and conduct incident investigations. The course will also emphasize the relevant documentation that needs to be recorded and retained.

While all supervisors, in any area of UBC are welcome to take the course at any time, in the new year, SRS will be working with the university to expand this pilot to include all UBC Vancouver supervisors.