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Part II: Responsibilities
Supervisor’s Responsibility

  1. Provide safety instruction, training and encourage safe work performance by all employees under your supervision. Make Service Maintenance Unsafe Working Conditions Forms available to employees.
  2. Ensure the repair or replacement of all equipment, personal protective equipment and machines found to be defective and a potential cause of injury.
  3. Inspect all equipment and tell each employee the proper equipment and personal protective equipment that must be worn or used for each task.
  4. Encourage employee safety suggestions and give them due consideration.
  5. Counsel, and discipline when necessary, employees who fail or refuse to use required safety equipment.
  6. Investigate all accidents and complete detailed Accident Report Forms.
  7. Be aware of all occupational health hazards or toxic substances present or in use by employees, and inform employees of these hazards. Contact Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) at 5-6311 for information on Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) if you do not have them. For additional information on the Indiana University Hazard Communication Program, contact EH&S.
  8. Request assistance from EH&S where an occupational hazard may exist, or to evaluate the toxicity of a substance.
  9. Ensure that new employees receive any required physicals and tests as needed, e.g., eye tests, hearing tests, respirator fit tests, lung capacity tests, before beginning work for which such tests are required.
  10. If an employee informs you that he/she is using any prescribed medication, you may request a determination from the employee’s doctor or a doctor designated and paid for by the university as to whether or not the employee can work safely within the normal working environment.
  11. Prohibit the use of alcoholic beverages, intoxicants and narcotics while employees are scheduled for duty, including employees formally on call.
  12. Supervisors must see that work zones are properly roped off so that pedestrians are protected.
  13. Supervisors are responsible for proper implementation of the section marked “Toxic Substances” in Part I.

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