A rose by any other name is still a rose! A Supervisor by any other name is still a Supervisor!
What is a Supervisor? In a nutshell, it is “the person in charge of the workplace”.
- Schedule work
- Schedule vacation time
- Decide on the work being preformed
- Discuss safety issues with workers
- Provide safety training to workers
- Discuss details of the job with workers
- Deal directly with worker complaints
What is a Lead Hand? Assists the Supervisor in coordinating activities of workers.
The kicker is in the definition of a Supervisor. It is more than just a title. If you use your Lead Hand as a Supervisor, it doesn’t matter that they do not have the “title”. If they are in charge of the workplace, as directed by the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) then they must receive training as a Supervisor would.
If you are not doing this your company is in contradiction of the OHSA and as such open to Ministry Of Labour fines and orders.
According to the OHSA (among other things):
Duties of an Employer;
Sec 25: (c) when appointing a supervisor, appoint a competent person;
Sec 26: (l) carry out such training programs for workers, supervisors and committee members as may be prescribed.
Duties of a Supervisor;
Sec 27: supervisors must ensure that a worker:
1.(a) works in the manner and with the protective devices, measures and procedures required by the OHS law and the regulations; and
(b) uses or wears the equipment, protective devices or clothing that the worker’s employer requires to be used or worn.
2.(a) advise a worker of the existence of any potential or actual danger to the health or safety of the worker of which they’re aware;
(b) where so prescribed, provide a worker with written instructions as to the measures to be taken for the worker’s protection; and
(c) take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the worker’s protection.
So if your Lead Hand(s) are supervising, then they require “supervisor” training.