When it comes to health and safety, one of the first things to consider is who is going to be responsible for what. Setting out the various responsibilities will make developing, implementing, and operating your company's health and safety program a lot easier.

Some sample responsibilities for different aspects of an effective health and safety program are provided through the links below. These address the role/responsibilities for senior management (company owners, department/project managers), supervisors (superintendents, forepersons) workers, health and safety representatives, Joint Health and Safety Committee members, and health and safety support staff.

As with other materials in this section, modify these sample responsibilities to suit your company's situation, structure, and range of activities.


Sample Responsibilities of Workplace Parties

  • Sample Responsibilities #1 (5 pages)
    Senior Management, Superintendent, Supervisors (Forepersons), Workers, Subcontractors, Constructor, Health and Safety Representative, Joint Health and Safety Committee, Worker Trades Committee, Certified Member of Joint Health and Safety Committee, Safety Coordinator/Health and Safety Support Personnel, All Employees.
  • Sample Responsibilities #2 (10 pages)
    CEO/Company President, Site Project Superintendent, Supervisor (Foreperson), Health and Safety Representative, Joint Health and Safety Committee, Safety Support Staff, Workers, Worker Trades Committee, Subcontractors.
  • Sample Responsibilities #3 (4 pages)
    Senior Management, Middle Management, Supervisor, Worker.

Links to other topics


Links to existing IHSA and MLITSD material



The samples provided are intended to be modified to meet company or site-specific requirements. Without such modifications, they may not be appropriate. Although IHSA believes that the information provided is consistent with the legal requirements and/or good industry practices which prevailed at the time the information was compiled, users of this information are urged to check with current regulations, local/trade practices and the most recent edition of the reference material to ensure that it is still appropriate.


Last Updated: March 23, 2020