Under the Workplace Safety and Health Act, individuals involved in construction projects have a variety of duties and responsibilities. These legislative requirements are anticipated to be met by external contractors and subcontractors who perform work on UM property to keep their employees safe. The UM Contractor Safety Program is intended to familiarize contractors and subcontractors with university specific policies and procedures, and how they pertain to their specific scope of work.
Face masks are mandatory for all faculty, staff, students, visitors, contractors and vendors on all UM campuses. This is required in all indoor spaces at all times even when physical distancing is possible. Refer to COVID safety measures and information.
All those who are employed by a contractor providing construction and maintenance services at the UM are required to attend a two-hour health and safety orientation prior to working on campus. Workers must retake the orientation annually if performing contract work for the UM on a regular basis. The orientation will cover UM general policies and procedures for construction work and site safety, followed by a fibrogenic dust awareness presentation that reviews asbestos and silica on campus.
Due to COVID19 restrictions, the Contactor Safety Orientation will no longer offer in class sessions until further notice. Contractors working on campus who have not taken or are not up to date with the safety orientation are required to do the following:
- Fill out the Contractor Registration form (PDF). Forward the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once the registration request is received, a copy of the Contractor Safety Orientation PDF handout will be sent out to the contractor.
Contractors must have all workers who will be working on campus to go through the PDF handout to ensure they understand the safety requirements and hazards at the UM.
Please ensure all UM Site Safety Plans are filled out and submitted to your UM Project Lead prior to any work conducted on campus.
Site safety plan
The UM Site Safety Plan is for contractors to identify potential hazards and risks, which may be introduced to and negatively impact the university (population, operations, property, etc.) due to the nature of the project and work to be performed. From these identified hazards, the contractor is expected to develop a reasonably practicable plan to eliminate the hazards and associated risks to the university, or at a minimum, reduce the risks to a level acceptable by the university.
The site safety plan is not intended to replace or modify a contractor’s existing health and safety program and its respective content; rather it is to serve as a complement to what the contractor is required to have under the following:
- Requirements under the Workplace Safety and Health Act and its regulations, Criminal Code, Fire Code, Building Code, or any other legislation,
- Any contracts between the UM and the Contractor(s)
Contractors must submit their University of Manitoba Site Safety Plan to their UM Project Coordinator prior to the commencement of work. Adequate time must be allocated for the university to review the site safety plan.
The UM Project Coordinator will ensure reasonable plans have been developed based on the scope of work. As circumstances change, revisions to the site safety plan may be required. This revised copy must be submitted to the UM Project Coordinator for review before the modified scope of work takes place.