Supervisor Due Diligence: Prepare Now, Before a Tragic Event Happens in Your Workplace

Learn Supervisor Due Diligence from a veteran Ministry of Labour inspector so that you have all your ducks in a row

A young Olympic hopeful, deprived of her sport

Cassie (not her real name) was a 20-something volleyball athlete who was training to compete in the Olympics. 

She was excited about her summer job. 

It was her first year working for the city Parks & Rec department. 

It would be great working outdoors all summer, staying fit and breathing the fresh air. 

She even got to drive the tractor for various maintenance jobs.

What could go wrong? 

One day, Cassie used the tractor to pick up a load of gravel and haul it to a different site. 

She had no idea that her bucket was too high in the air as she started going down a hill. 

She started to lose traction. The tractor picked up speed, and the brakes did nothing. 

Her coworkers yelled at her to turn hard to the right so she would go uphill instead of downhill.

Good idea. 

Except the machine turned over, trapping her underneath it and causing a severe back injury. 

After hospitalizations and surgery, Cassie recovered. 

But her volleyball career – and her dreams of the Olympics – were ended for good.

And when the Ministry of Labour investigated, Cassie’s supervisor was found liable for failing to provide safety training and adequate oversight in how employees handled the tractor.

It doesn’t have to be this way

You CAN have a workplace that is VERY diligent.

Most of the accidents in the workplace have one thing in common. 

Give them one tiny tweak, and the whole situation never happened. 

Work carries on like normal.

Even if a bad event does happen, it’s a completely different feeling when you as a supervisor can say, 

“You know what? I was really, really diligent to try to prevent this, and here’s the evidence.”

If you are a supervisor, lead hand, foreman, manager, or operator, this training will show you how to make that happen. 

The Supervisor Due Diligence course is all about protecting you, your employees, and your employer

When you, as a supervisor, complete your due diligence properly, you not only cover your bases and have a safer workplace. 

You also rest easier at night. 

Some people view due diligence as a burden or an annoyance. They put it off and do the minimum. After all, they’re really busy. And frankly, many supervisors have never been professionally trained on how to properly perform Supervisor Due Diligence. 

Granted, it’s hard to keep up with the requirements of a busy workday AND do all the paperwork.

But when you learn what an inspector will be looking for, why it matters to keep excellent records, and how to comply with the law, you’ll be much more prepared if an event ever happens.

You’ll be more efficient at doing your due diligence tasks since you’ll eliminate anything that isn’t necessary. 

And you’ll feel more comfortable in the knowledge of what a Ministry of Labour inspector will be looking for in order to deem you “competent” and “diligent.”

Meet Your Instructor – He Wore The Badge

When you attend Supervisor Due Diligence, you’ll learn from someone who actually wore the badge. 

Michael Benedict was a Ministry of Labour inspector for 13 years. 

During his tenure, he conducted over 2500 proactive inspections. He also handled 23 workplace fatalities and over 200 critical injuries. 

He’ll thoroughly explain the powers of a Ministry of Labour inspector, how the inspector thinks, and and exactly what your rights are and the actions you can take when the inspector arrives and makes his report.. 

It’s also your chance to ask all your questions to someone who will give you the real story. 

Michael is an alumnus of Trent University and Fleming College. 

Before becoming an inspector, he spent 4 years with the Ministry of the Environment (3 as a supervisor). 

He is now a program coordinator and professor at Fleming College in the Health, Safety & Environmental Compliance Program.

All that to say, this guy knows his stuff. You’d be hard pressed to find someone more knowledgeable to learn from.

Michael teaches in an engaging, thought-provoking style. He encourages discussion and tells frequent stories to keep the course interesting. 

With Michael’s wealth and breadth of knowledge, he can answer the hardest questions and will tailor the material to the people in the room where possible.

Hear From Past Attendees

“This has been by far the best supervisor course to-date. Exactly what I was looking for—I wanted to know what to include in note taking from a proactive approach. Real scenarios and scenes helped to put things into perspective.”

407 East Development Group

“Very informative and engaging course. Great delivery and handouts. I would definitely recommend this training.”

Erie Thames Powerlines

“Great eye opener and reminder of the responsibilities of the supervisor. Excellent delivery of very informative and helpful content.”

City of Cambridge, ON

“An excellent course that is relevant to our work and very useful for my position. There was lots of time to ask questions and the instruction was fantastic.”

Municipality of Central Elgin, ON

“I gained a lot of valuable information that I plan to take forward with me. One of the best courses I’ve been to in terms of things I took away from it.”

City of Cambridge, ON

Here’s what you will learn in Supervisor Due Diligence

  • What most supervisors think due diligence is, and how that compares to how the inspector sees due diligence
  • The superpowers of an inspector that even leave cops green with envy at all the things the inspector is allowed to do (even violating some of your charter rights!)
  • Which offenses the ministry has zero tolerance for, and which ones give you a greater chance to exercise the defense of due diligence
  • Two big clauses in the Green Book that get employers and supervisors charged all the time (and how to take precautions to avoid getting charged yourself)
  • When you’re legally REQUIRED to go outside of the Green Book and implement measures where the Green Book is silent
  • Types of documentation an inspector will be looking for – and what might happen if that documentation is missing or absent
  • The meaning of the words, “as prescribed” in Section 25 (I) of the legislation, and why it’s critical that you understand which regulations you’re working under so that you can implement this correctly
  • What it means when an inspector gives you “orders,” and how you’re required to respond
  • The surprising fact that Inspectors sometimes write orders that are of no legal force (and how you can tell if this is the case)
  • The 3-part test that a MOL Inspector will use to label you as “competent” or not, so that you’ll be prepared to answer questions in a way that helps you be deemed competent
  • Why you as a supervisor are like the “cop” of the Green Book, and how you can even create rules that carry the force of law for your employees
  • The difference between Health Hazards and Occupational Hazards, and the filing requirements that come with them
  • The most common hazards that Ontario workplaces face (Hint: It’s not just “dangerous” industries like mining or construction that have these hazards)
  • Records you no longer have to keep when it comes to material safety and chemicals (this will save supervisors a ton of time).
  • The process of elimination that your inspector will consider in your audit, to see if you are complying with the law (Did you know, for instance, that PPE is your last resort, not your first line of defense?)
  • The 8-point safety checklist that inspectors should ask themselves at the start of every workday
  • The RACE framework to deal with workplace hazards, and how to implement it in your workplace
  • How to know when to expect a proactive inspection, and the four bases you should definitely cover so that the inspector won’t feel the need to take a much deeper look
  • The 3 main reasons for a reactive inspection, and what to expect for each one
  • Why it’s NOT ok to simply record the fact that you’ve reprimanded an employee several times for a certain offense (and what to do instead)
  • 5 power tips to help your inspections be a smoother and easier process for everyone (and how you can even get FREE professional advice, saving your employer thousands)

Upcoming Courses

Supervisor Due Diligence
St Catherines
August 13 2020

Supervisor Due Diligence
North Bay
Aug 19, 2020

Avoid hurtful loss when you enroll in Supervisor Due Diligence

The best scenario of all is NOT one where you’re well prepared with all the documentation for an inspector’s visit. 

The best scenario is when you operate in business year after year without any tragedies, accidents, or unfortunate events. No workplace shutdowns. No court cases. No bad press. No catastrophic injuries.

Great due diligence reduces your risk of bad things ever happening in the first place.

But even if something goes wrong, you’ll be able to confidently face the inspection, answer the questions, provide excellent documentation, and show your competence as a supervisor.

You’ll learn in an engaging atmosphere where you can ask questions, develop yourself as a supervisor (or potential supervisor), and get insights on your particular workplace situation. 

See you there!