Safety and regulatory compliance is of primary importance at the University of Vermont. The purpose of this handbook is to promote the safety of the faculty, staff and students of UVM and of the Construction Contractors who perform services for the University. All Contractors and their employees must provide and maintain a safe working environment at UVM for both themselves and for the members of the UVM community using the facilities in the vicinity of the work being performed.


The purpose of this handbook is to provide a basic outline of the Environmental, Health and Safety expectations as determined by the Department of Risk Management based on the government standards and the business needs of the University. For the purposes of this material “A Contractor” is defined as an outside person, agency, corporation, etc., engaged by the University of Vermont to perform work on UVM property that includes activities such as constructing, erecting, installing, repairing, demolishing, remodeling, engineering, landscaping and grounds maintenance or industrial cleaning of UVM facilities. This Policy does not apply to Contractors such as food vending, office equipment maintenance and service suppliers or to other Contractors who are not within the definition set forth above.


The Contractor Handbook does not replace training requirements set forth by local, state or federal governing agents and/or written programs and policies required by same. The Handbook is a reminder of the general rules and expectations for work at UVM rather than an exhaustive training tool or written program.

Regulatory Responsibility

The Contractor is responsible for meeting all federal, state and local regulations for all entities governing the work to be performed (OSHA, EPA, ANR, etc). It is the explicit responsibility of the Contractor to train and educate their employees in these subjects prior to assigning them work at the University of Vermont. The University reserves the right to request any employee of a Contractor to leave the site if their behaviors and/or work practices indicate a lack of necessary knowledge and/or skill sets. In these cases the Contractor is responsible for re-training or replacing the employee.