Supervisor & Executive Safety Roles & Responsibilities

If you require immediate assistance, call 911 as necessary, then contact the BC Public Service Agency 24-hour emergency safety line at 1 250 952-0911: this number is for employees of the BC Government and their managers only. For more, see Urgent Support and Reporting.


You are directly responsible for the safety and health of employees and other workers that you direct or supervise. Here are your roles and responsibilities:

  • Ensure the health and safety of all workers under your direct supervision
  • Know the WorkSafeBC safety requirements that apply to the work being supervised and ensure they are followed
  • Know the BCGEU Master Agreement safety requirements
  • Ensure workers under your supervision are aware of all known or reasonably foreseeable health and safety hazards where they work
  • Provide orientation and training to new and existing workers at your workplace
  • Consult and cooperate with the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee members or worker representatives, and cooperate with others carrying out occupational health and safety duties, including WorkSafeBC officers
  • Ensure that the appropriate personal protective equipment and clothing are available, worn when required, and inspected and maintained
  • Investigate unsafe conditions reported to you, and ensure that corrective action is taken without delay
  • Learn more about accident prevention and investigation


A strong workplace safety culture is established and supported at the highest level and throughout all of the BC Public Service. Here are your roles and responsibilities:    

  • Familiarize yourself with the roles and responsibilities of all employees outlined in the Workers Compensation Act
  • Establish safety policies and expectations for the ministry, division, branch and region
  • Ensure that all operations consider the health and safety of employees
  • Establish and communicate occupational safety and health plans and goals
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the occupational health and safety program including a regular review of safety statistics

Workplace health and safety concerns all employees in the workplace. The Workers Compensation Act outlines workplace health and safety expectations for the employer and managers/supervisors, employees and Joint Occupational Safety Committee representatives.

Emergency Roles & Responsibilities


Supervisors must ensure that their workplace has developed and implemented emergency preparedness and response procedures specific to that location. Their roles include

  • Designating and training emergency wardens
  • Developing and training staff in response procedures
  • Establishing procedures for business continuity
  • Ensuring employees understand expectations during drills and actual emergencies
  • Ensuring hazard reduction inspections are regularly conducted
  • Addressing concerns raised by emergency wardens
  • Conducting an annual review of the emergency response plan

First aid roles & responsibilities

Supervisors must ensure first aid services are provided at their workplace. They may also assign an employer representative to so do. Roles of the supervisor include

  • Completing a first aid needs assessment
  • Providing required first aid equipment, facilities, supplies and services
  • Ensuring employee awareness about the first aid services and procedures
  • Ensuring first aid attendants' schedules permit adequate coverage during regular work hours
  • Ensuring adequate first aid attendant backup at all times when necessary
  • Ensuring first aid attendants have been trained, tested and re-certified as required by the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation
  • Ensuring the communication methods used to summon a first aid attendant is effective, and is tested at least annually
  • Ensuring that the appropriate financial allowance level is paid to first aid attendants
  • Ensuring consultation with the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee on first aid services and issues at the workplace

General Safety Roles & Responsibilities

All workers have safety roles and responsibilities.Follow safe work procedures, report unsafe conditions or incidents and be prepared to respond in the event of a workplace injury or emergency. Whether you are a supervisor or front-line staff, be sure to

  • Understand your workplace health and safety requirements
  • Inspect equipment and the workplace regularly
  • Be alert for hazards
  • Immediately report unsafe work practices and conditions to your supervisor
  • Report accidents, near misses, injuries and illnesses immediately to your supervisor
  • Follow safe work practices and procedures
  • Cooperate with others on matters relating to occupational safety and health

All workers have three safety rights:

The Right to Know

You have a right to know what hazards are present in the workplace, and be given the information, training, and supervision you need to protect yourself

The Right to Participate

You have a right to participate in keeping your workplace healthy and safe, which may include selecting or being a health and safety representative or committee member. You also have a right to report unsafe conditions and practices.

The Right to Refuse Unsafe Work

For more information on refusing unsafe work, see Refusing Unsafe Work.