The Occupational Health & Safety Act defines supervisors as a person who has charge of a workplace or authority over a worker. More and more supervisors across Canada are being prosecuted for breaking provincial health & safety laws. The law states that employers are to appoint “a competent person.”
25.(2)(c) of the Occupational health & Safety Act refers to a competent person as someone who:
– Is qualified, because of knowledge, training and experience to organize the work and its
– Is familiar with the Act and the regulations that apply to the work
– Knows of any potential or actual danger to health or safety in the workplace.