The University at Buffalo recognizes that many hazards are inherent in construction and other contract work. Compliance with safety regulations can prevent serious injuries.
This Guidebook serves as notification of campus safety requirements to contractors, including subcontractors, who perform work at UB and any other facilities operated by the University. Contractors should not assume that this guide covers all applicable safety and health laws as it does not. Instead, it provides contractors with site-specific safety, health and environmental rules and policies which the University expects will be followed on all University property. The rules, regulations and guidance contained herein represent program areas that have been problematic in the past or require special care and consideration due to the nature of the working environment at the University.
All temporary enclosures built on University at Buffalo campuses by Facilities personnel or contractors shall be constructed in accordance with Chapter 24 of the Fire Code of New York State. It is the responsibility of the person constructing and maintaining the temporary enclosure to obtain a Temporary Construction Enclosure Permit and follow the regulations set forth in the EH&S Temporary Construction Enclosures policy.
The University at Buffalo (UB) is a member of Dig Safety New York and fully endorses their program for all excavation work on UB property regardless of location. An Utility Locating Policy is available to provide guidance to ensure compliance with New York State Code Rule 753 (16 NYCCR 753). This procedure applies to all personnel who perform excavation on any UB property including UB personnel responsible for utility marking coordination and actual field marking activities. Although most utilities on the North and South campuses will be marked by UB Facilities personnel, DO NOT subvert this process by contacting marking personnel directly except in the case of emergencies.
The University is proceeding with a large expansion of
facilities on all campuses. These activities create numerous
highway work zones and the need to ensure:
To ensure safety, the University has adopted the guidance of the
Cornell Local Roads Program as published in their guide, Work Zone
Safety: Guidelines for Construction, Maintenance, and Utility
Operations, May 2008. This manual may be obtained at www.clrp.cornell.edu. The
University policy adopting this manual and providing additional
local information will appear on this website in the fall of
If you need a hard copy of this manual please call the EH&S at 829-3301.