Contractor Safety

Contractor Safety Guidelines

The University of Michigan endeavors to maintain safe working conditions for its staff and a safe and healthy environment for its students and visitors. This also includes our construction contractors and their respective workforces. Safety is an essential component of construction work at the University of Michigan. It is a key contractual responsibility for those managing and performing such work and an important determinant of overall Project success. The University of Michigan believes that effective contractor safety programs enhance projects by assisting Contractors to systematically identify and evaluate anticipated hazards and establish controls in advance of actual work. While the obvious purpose of a Contractor safety program is to reduce on-the-job injuries and illnesses to the greatest extent possible, the interactions developed through these programs can also bring collateral benefits in the form of improved communication, documentation, and cost savings.

Projects involving the disturbance of asbestos or lead-containing materials or other hazardous materials are reviewed by OSEH staff working closely with Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) engineers and architects who design the projects. Monitoring is conducted as necessary during project work to ensure safety of University staff and students as well as contractor safety. Asbestos work in particular is regulated very closely with continuous oversight by consultants managed through IH&S, in cooperation with AEC. All matters related to asbestos in buildings are addressed in the University Asbestos Management Plan.