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Persons in control of a building site must provide the degree of supervision necessary for work on their sites to be carried out safely and in accordance with work health and safety requirements. This includes supervising employees, contractors and visitors the site.
While site supervision needs not be full-time, it needs to be effective and carried out by a competent supervisor.
Effective site safety supervision means being able to provide general direction, coordination and oversight of health and safety in a timely manner. This includes the supervisor being able to:
The builder’s contractors also have obligations to provide the necessary degree of supervision to their workers to ensure they are following safe work practices and procedures in a manner consistent with the instruction and training provided.
If you put someone in a supervisory position, you must also ensure they are trained and competent and to undertake the role. This means the supervisor needs to have an awareness and understanding of:
The site the supervisor should also have the clearly delegated authority of the builder to make prompt decisions on behalf of the builder and issue any directions that are necessary in relation to health and safety matters.
For further information on this matter contact your local workplace health and safety authority.
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