Supervision in Health Care (1 of 4)


Supervisors play an important role in any organization. They direct the work of staff and they put in place the plans that have been made to keep workers from being injured. But what does “supervision” mean in health care and what are a supervisor’s responsibilities when it comes to creating and maintaining a safe workplace? It is the answers to these important questions that will be addressed in the following videos. Right from the start, it is important to recognize that supervision is a function or role, not a job title. Some in health care believe that supervisor responsibilities are solely clinical in nature. However, a supervisor also has a legal duty to ensure the health and safety of all workers under their direct supervision. By definition, a supervisor is anyone who instructs, directs and controls workers in the performance of their duties. To meet their legal obligations, a supervisor is responsible for: Knowing the work and the hazards, and the applicable occupational health and safety regulations; Identifying and correcting unsafe work conditions and practices; and Ensuring workers know the hazards and how to protect themselves. The following three videos highlight areas of responsibility for health care supervisors. These are… …Identification and Assessment of Hazards, Control of Hazards, and Correction of Unsafe Work Practices. Although each video depicts only one aspect of health care, supervisor responsibilities are the same for all worksites, from acute care to residential care to home care.

Daniel Yohans

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