While maintaining a healthful, safe, and productive work environment for all University activities, we will actively engage the design and construction community and CPD personnel in a manner that insures facilities are designed to operate safely and that they will be built safely.

We will accomplish this by engaging all levels of management, both outside the University and within CPD, to insure the safe conduct of construction work.

The goal is zero injuries to University personnel, faculty, staff, students, and contractors as a result of CPD activities.

Safety Business Plan

CPD has developed a business safety plan which includes guiding principles regarding safety.  These guiding principles are:  prevention; planning; performance.

Prevention – CPD employees and contractors should go home in the same or better condition than they came to work.  CPD will work with contractors and subcontractors to prevent safety hazards and accidents.

Proactive Planning – CPD, project architects, engineers, contractors, and subcontractors shall be proactive in ensuring that safety begins during the design process, safety plans are prepared and followed, and safety statistics are collected and provided to CPD staff.  Planning is a key element in the prevention of accidents.

Performance – CPD will set annual performance goals and develop metrics to measure, document, and communicate safety successes.  CPD’s safety program begins at design and contains four major elements:

  • Design Hazard Analysis
  • Contrator Site/Project Specific Safety Plan
  • Performance/Compliance
  • Reward & Recognition

Design Hazard Analysis - Design Hazard Analysis is a review of the project design performed by the Project Manager during the design process.  The purpose of a Design Hazard Analysis is to review project plans to insure that safety considerations are incorporated into the project design.  It is a way of planning a job to insure that it is accomplished safely by identifying the sequence of basic job steps, identifying the potential hazards associated with each step, identifying what types of injuries occur, developing a mitigation plan, and identifying the person responsible for the mitigation.  The benefits of a Design Hazard Analysis include a well planned job, lower project costs, faster project completion, prevention of incidents and injuries, organization of people to accomplish the right job with increased job performance efficiency, and the improvement of contractor and project team safety performance.

Site Specific Safety Plan - The contractor’s Site Specific Safety Plan is a plan developed for each project by the contractor.  The goal of the plan is to document the contractor’s specific safety plan for each individual project. The Contractor Safety Plan Assessment Worksheet is used to facilitate this.

High performance expectations are critical to ensure safety.  Contract site safety orientations along with periodic monitoring of all site workers to ensure they have received the appropriate safety orientation, as well as safety site walkthroughs are all used by CPD to ensure safety goals are being met.

Reward and Recognition - Reward and recognition are critical to help insure a safe working environment.  Contractor evaluations are an important tool to ensure that CPD’s safety goals have been adequately implemented by the contractors working at/with the University.  Contractor evaluations are completed by each Project Manager and Construction Manager on all projects.

Safety Committee

The CPD Central Safety Committee was formed in 2002 to help support the overall goals of zero injuries.  Membership of the committee consists of the AVP, Project Directors, representatives from the CPD Management Team, and staff members.  Each committee member is tasked with specific subcommittee responsibilities as described under the subcommittee charters.

We believe that we can reduce the number of injuries suffered on our projects by:

  • exploring contracting strategies
  • developing and implementing effective policies and procedures
  • exploring safety in design
  • selecting contractors recognized as industry leaders
  • working with contractors to support safe work practices
  • observing day to day activities
  • communicating lessons learned from incidents that have occurred