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Definitions of Supervisor & Worker

The following are the definitions of supervisor and worker for the purposes of the "Health & Safety in the Workplace" training

Supervisor:

A supervisor is a person who has charge of a workplace and/or authority over a worker.

For the purposes of the "Health & Safety in the Workplace" training the term supervisor refers to:

  • Individuals who hold managerial/supervisory responsibilities such as Senior Administrators, Deans, Associate Deans, Department Heads, Executive Directors, Directors, Managers and Supervisors
  • Faculty members or principal investigators who have charge over an area or activity and some degree of authority over graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research associates, research assistants, academic assistants, administrative staff and/or other workers  as defined in in the OHSA (see below).
  • Team leaders, lead hands, or other individuals who are responsible to organize and oversee the work of other workers in the work area (see worker definition below)
  • Laboratory technicians, graduate students or research assistants who have been given the responsibility to oversee the operation of a laboratory or direct other workers

Worker:

A worker, as defined under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), includes the following:

  • a person who performs work or supplies services for monetary compensation
  • students hired by the University to perform paid work-study program or co-operative education placement duties for the University; and
  • students, learners or trainees who are participating in an unpaid work experience program, approved by a post-secondary institution

Volunteers and students not meeting the definition above are not covered under the definition of a worker, however, they should also be afforded the same protection as a worker under the Act.

For the purposes of the "Health & Safety in the Workplace" training a worker refers to:

  • All permanent faculty and staff
  • New, transferred, returning from extended absence, contract, supply or temporary workers, including sessional instructors
  • Faculty members who do not have charge over an area or activity and do not have authority over graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research associates, research assistants, academic assistants, administrative staff and/or other workers.
  • Students who are paid to perform work, such as graduate and teaching assistants, research assistants, work-study students.
  • Students participating in an unpaid work experience program, placed at the University of Windsor.
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