While maintaining a healthful, safe and productive work environment for all University activities, we will actively engage the design and construction community and CPO 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 CPO, 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 CPO activities.
Safety Business Plan
CPO has developed a business safety plan which includes guiding principle regarding safety. These guiding principles are: prevention; planning; performance.
Prevention – CPO employees and contractors should go home in the same or better condition than they came to work. CPO will work with contractors and subcontractors to prevent safety hazards and accidents.
Proactive Planning – CPO, 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 CPO staff. Planning is a key element in prevention of accidents.
Performance – CPO will set annual performance goals and develop metrics to measure, document and communicate safety successes. CPO’s safety program begins at design and contains four major elements:
- Design Hazard Analysis
- Contrator Site/Project Specific Safety Plan
- Reward & Recognition
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, people are organized to do the right job and perform the job more efficiently, and safety performance of the contractors and project team is improved.
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.
High performance expectations are critical to ensure safety. Contract site safety orientations, periodic monitoring of all workers to the site to insure they have received the appropriate safety orientation, safety walk through of the site are all used by CPO to insure safety goals are being met.
Reward and recognition are critical to help insure a safe working environment. Contractor evaluations are an important tool to ensure that CPO’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.
The CPO 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 CPO 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, and
- communicating lessons learned from incidents that have occurred.