Employee and Supervisor Responsibilities

Employee responsibilities:

Employees have the responsibility to follow safety procedures, including wearing proper safety equipment and completing appropriate training. Employees must also recognize and correct hazards (when possible) or report hazards to the appropriate supervisor.

Supervisor, manager, and principal investigator responsibilities:

Supervisors must ensure the safety of work assignments and work spaces, assign safety training related to hazards, provide safety procedures and equipment, correct identified hazards (where practicable), look into the causes of incidents and take action to prevent similar incidents, and discuss safety in regular meetings and performance reviews.

Assign safety training: Supervisors, managers, and PIs can use the safety needs assessment tool (also called START) as a starting point to determine the minimum safety training required for their staff and/or lab members.

Required training for supervisors: All supervisors are required to take EHS 503 Safety for Supervisors. The training provides an introduction to safety leadership, accountability, hazard assessments, training, inspections, injuries, hazardous materials and equipment, and other resources for supervisors.