The University undertakes many construction projects that range from simple fixes to major building construction. The Office of Risk Management works closely with Project Managers at the Physical Resources Service (PRS) to ensure that the University stipulates clauses in contracts and requires conformance both during work and after-project activities.
The University has created guidelines and training to help prevent injury and contamination while performing certain high-risk activities. All University employees are required to be trained before they perform these tasks. This includes maintenance workers as much as professors and teaching assistants. These high-risk tasks include:
- Entering confined spaces,
- Working in areas containing asbestos,
- Working 3 meters above ground level (Fall Arrest),
- Lockout procedures,
- Working with biohazards and radioactive sources, and
- Fume hood maintenance.
Responsibilities do not stop at health and safety requirements. The University and environmental regulations also govern:
- Hazardous waste disposal,
- Recycling of materials,
- Transportation of dangerous goods,
- Spill response and reporting,
- Air emissions control,
- Energy efficiency,
- Sewer use by-laws, and
- Emergency response.
To browse the requirements applicable to internal projects, please visit the PRS web site and policy manual.
To obtain information on PRS training dates, please contact Guy Leblanc at ext 6992 or by email atgleblan2@uOttawa.ca .
Small Scale Projects - External Contractors
Although contractors are not technically University employees, OHS law treats them as our responsibility while they are on campus and performing work for the University. Contractors require proof of appropriate training and qualification before their work begins, as well as supervision by our employees during the work.
Environmental law stipulates that the University is responsible for enforcing environmental requirements with contractors as well as with our own employees. Again, proof of qualification and supervision are required.
To assist in contractor selection, standard clauses have been included in contracts to ensure that the contractors we hire are aware of our EHS requirements. Each individual who appears on site to perform work must provide proof of qualification. Persons hiring contractors are responsible for supervising the work while the contractor is on site and for ensuring that EOHS rules are followed on top of the project requirements.
The selection of contractors is described in PRS Procedure 19-2.
Large Scale Projects
The University requires a more extensive approach for managing large projects in order to meet both budgetary and legal requirements. The environmental and health and safety obligations surrounding construction projects include:
- Subcontractor management,
- Environmental planning and certificate of approval applications,
- Emergency planning,
- Worker occupational health and safety,
- Management of different contracting and subcontracting groups to ensure the project requirements are met,
- EOHS training and conformance,
- Building and fire code requirements be met, and
- Building use meet user requirements.
For more information on our project requirements, read policy 113