You might be a supervisor… and not even know it!

Who’s a supervisor at UBC? According to Risk Management Services (RMS) and WorkSafeBC, the answer may not be so obvious. We all know when someone officially reports to us, but WorkSafeBC holds everyone to a higher standard when it comes to occupational health and safety.

RMS shares that anyone—including non-managers, researchers, or faculty—who instructs, directs, and controls another person in the workplace is considered a supervisor by WorkSafeBC. The person does not need to be a direct report—or even in your department. Given this definition, who are you supervising?

WorkSafeBC has specific legislation that covers what this means for supervisors. Some of the highlights include:

  • Ensuring the health and safety of all workers under their direct supervision.
  • Being knowledgeable about the regulations pertaining to the work being supervised and complying with those regulations and any applicable WorkSafeBC orders.
  • Ensuring that workers under their supervision are aware of all known or reasonably foreseeable health or safety hazards in the areas where they work.
  • Consulting or cooperating with all workplace health and safety representatives, including those from WorkSafeBC.

If you want to know more about occupational health and safety at UBC, consult the Health and Safety section of the Risk Management Services website.