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Supervisors’ Safety Training Checklist

In addition to the online safety training for new employees, you are required to provide the following training shown on the Employee Orientation form for all new employees, including volunteers, transfers, rehires, temporary, and part-time employees, and those assigned new job responsibilities.  Some employees will require additional safety training depending on their job responsibilities. Check the Safety training video page or EHS for specific training.

As a supervisor, it is your responsibility to see that your employees are informed of the following:

  • Purpose of orientation
  • Location of the WSU Safety Policies and Procedures Manual
  • Tour of the facilities, Labs, and specific work locations
  • Reporting accidents, injuries or near misses to supervisors immediately.
  • First Aid
    • Obtaining treatment.
    • Location and operation of emergency equipment (first aid kits, eyewashes, deluge showers).
    • Location and names of first aid trained employees.
    • Find out if new employee has any medical problems, allergies, or sensitivities.
    • Find out if employee already has CPR/First Aid certification.
  • Potential hazards on the job
    • What hazards are in the workplace?
    • Using equipment safely.
    • Required personal protective equipment (PPE), and the care and use of it.
  • Use or potential exposure to hazardous chemicals
    • Review the TFREC Hazard Communications Plan.
    • Train them on the safe use of chemicals.
    • Show them where the SDSs (formerly MSDSs) are located and how to read them.
    • What are the physical and health hazards of chemicals in the workplace?
    • Warning signs of chemical release (liquid, odors, etc.)
    • Methods used to minimize employee exposure (engineering controls, PPE).
    • Emergency procedure if an employee is exposed to a hazardous chemical.
  • What to do in the event of an emergency
    • Exit locations and evacuation routes.
    • Location and operation if the fire alarms and fire-fighting equipment (extinguishers, hoses).
    • Specific policies and rules, and their value.
  • The total safety program
    • Function of the safety committees and meetings
    • Introduction to safety committee representative
    • Safety policies and rules, and their value
    • Specific procedures for medical, chemical, fire emergencies, and use of 911
    • Emergency Center closure policy and notification
  • Working hours
    • Normal working hours are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday; actual working hours may vary seasonally or according to program schedules.
    • Hours in excess of 40 hrs per week will be paid at the overtime rate.
  • Personal work habits
    • Proper lifting techniques, physical demonstration of proper lifting technique for an employee who will regularly lift 20 pounds or more
    • Avoiding slips and falls
    • Horseplay, good housekeeping, smoking; safe work procedure
    • Proper dress for assigned work
  • Vehicle safety
    • Valid state driver’ license
    • Research Center’s reduced speed requirement
    • Safety belt requirement
    • Other rider restrictions or requirements
    • Vehicle cleanliness and loose objects
    • Repair and maintenance procedures
    • Compliance to all the rules of the road
    • Defensive driving
    • Vehicle fueling procedures for state vehicles
    • WSU vehicle no-smoking policy
  • Specific training (Specific training on machines or special equipment)
  • On-the-job training
    • Employee skill level and qualifications assessment
    • General training to assigned tasks
    • Specific training required by the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I)