Health and Safety Supervisor Skills & Competencies

Manager's Guide: Health and Safety Supervisor

The Manager's Guide to the Health and Safety Supervisor Role

This Manager's Guide includes:

  • The complete set of 18 Competencies expected from the role
  • 81 Interview questions for determining a candidate's skill level in each of 18 Competencies
  • 81 Coaching tips for helping incumbent to advance their skills in each of the 18 Competencies
  • 79 Development goals to help measure incumbents' progress in each of the 18 Competencies
  • 179 Recommended resources for progressing education in each of the 18 Competencies

Roles and Responsibilites

The primary responsibility of the Health and Safety Supervisor is staffing, recruitment, benefits, compensation and employee relations functions.

The Health and Safety Supervisor supervises an organization's health and safety policies and procedures in order to meet organizational objectives and governmental regulations.

A typical job description for the Health and Safety Supervisor role may include:

  • Supervises the identifying of hazardous workplace conditions.
  • Oversees the collection of samples and measurements of hazardous materials, and the coordination of the removal of physical, biological and chemical hazards.
  • Supervises, participates and develops the training of employees on safety policies, procedures, regulations.
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable federal and state health and safety regulations and ensures necessary records are maintained and prepared according to established guidelines.
  • Participates in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections, providing inspectors with appropriate documents and identifying safety measures.
  • Requires a bachelor's degree and 5-7 years of experience in the field or in a related area.
  • Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field.
  • Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Performs a variety of complex tasks.
  • A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required.
  • Typically reports to a manager.

Organizational Role

The Health and Safety Supervisor typically serves as member of first line management and is considered a senior professional within the organization. As such, the Health and Safety Supervisor provides team or technical supervision. The organization will depend on this person's expertise and experience with complex technical activities. The Health and Safety Supervisor generally is responsible for project management and consulting.

Health and Safety Supervisor Job Responsibilities

The Health and Safety Supervisor generally has the following responsibilities:

  • Supervises the identification of hazardous workplace conditions and oversees the collection of samples and measurements of hazardous materials. Coordinates the removal of physical, biological and chemical hazards.
  • Supervises, participates in and develops employee training on safety policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable federal and state health and safety regulations and ensures necessary records are maintained and prepared according to established guidelines.
  • Organizes and participates in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections; provides inspectors with appropriate documents and identifies safety measures.

Health and Safety Supervisor Competencies

The complete Health and Safety Supervisor Manager's Guide includes the 18 key competencies expected of Health and Safety Supervisor. The report defines each Competency in detail. The report also explains what level of proficiency Health and Safety Supervisor should have in that Competency, as well as how important that Competency is to performing the role well.

Among the 18 Competencies for Health and Safety Supervisor is...

Data Gathering and Reporting

You may observe several behaviors in a person that could be strong indicators of his or her capabilities in the Data Gathering and Reporting competency. The Health and Safety Supervisor is expected to demonstrate Extensive experience in the Data Gathering and Reporting competency. To demonstrate Extensive experience in the Data Gathering and Reporting competency, one should demonstrate knowledge of and ability to utilize tools, techniques and processes for gathering and reporting data in a particular department or division of a company.

  • Oversees multiple data-gathering and analysis initiatives.
  • Analyzes complex reports as revealed by the data.
  • Teaches others the calculations necessary to capture data and develop more complex reports.
  • Prepares cost-benefit analyses of alternative approaches.
  • Develops criteria for selecting data gathering and reporting tools and techniques for various projects.
  • Reviews and verifies data and reports for accuracy.

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