Contractor management

General construction

At SFU, specific standardized safety processes exist to ensure that health and safety is maintained during all campus construction projects. The information below provides a framework for all contractors working at SFU and must be adhered to. As a contractor, review the information below and complete all requirements before, during, and after any work.


During the pre-work phase, contractors must identify and evaluate the hazards associated with the specific construction/project activities.  The pre-work assessment should be utilized to identify the roles and responsibilities of all staff on-site and what controls should be utilized to mitigate risks.

SFU contractor safety manual

All contractors are required to support SFU commitments to health and safety on campus, by developing, implementing and enforcing their own policies, programs and procedures/practices that meets applicable regulations, codes and standards, industry best practices and SFU health and safety requirements.  The SFU Contractor Safety Manual identifies general health and safety requirements for all work contracted by SFU

SFU owner’s technical requirements (OTR)

SFU OTR are documents created by SFU to provide contractors with standards in construction and design. All contractors working for SFU are expected to read, understand and follow the OTR. Please refer to the SFU Owner’s Technical Requirement for details.

SFU contractor safety checklist

SFU Contractor Safety Checklist is a tool used by the University as a method to identify each project’s unique risks and ensures appropriate control measures are available to protect workers and SFU community. Documents submitted for the purpose of this checklist will need to be specific to the project scope of work on campus.

Contractor site-specific health & safety plan

A site-specific health and safety plan must be developed to ensure there are controls in place to address the unique safety issues and work practices relevant to the work being done at SFU.

Safety document submissions

In addition to developing a site specific safe work plan, a number of health and safety documents must be submitted prior to work starting.

Activity Submission requirements Additional resources
Working at heights Work that involves scaffolds, roof access and activities 25ft or higher requires a site specific Fall Protection Plan. WorkSafe BC – Part 11 Fall Protection
Lockout Before any lockout tasks are performed on campus, a site specific written lockout procedure must be available and implemented on site. WorkSafe BC – Part 10 De-energization and Lockout
Mobile equipment Mobile equipment brought onto campus must be used, operated, maintained and serviced in accordance to the manufacturer specification, CSA standards and to WorkSafe BC regulations. SFU approval must be obtained before any equipment arrives on campus. WorkSafe BC – Part 16 Mobile Equipment
Cranes and hoists Work procedures are required for all hoist operations and Lift Plans are required for lift over occupied buildings, the public, over 1000lbs or multiple lifts. WorkSafe BC – Part 14 Crane and Hoists
Rigging Rigging activities conducted on campus must only be conducted by certified and competent riggers. All rigging equipment must be inspected prior to initial use on campus and be in safe working conditions.

WorkSafe BC – Part 15 Rigging


Earth work Any excavation work more than 20ft deep requires written instructions of a qualified registered professional. Prior to a worker entering any excavation over 4 ft the excavation must supported as specified by an engineer. WorkSafe BC – Part 20 Construction, Excavation and Demolition
Electrical Safety Prior to working in close proximity to electrical lines or working with SFU electrical equipment, a proposed plan must be provided to the SFU Project Manager and SFU Electrical Superintendent for review and approval. WorkSafe BC – Part 19 Electrical Safety
Traffic Safety For work that occurs on the roadway or walkway, SFU requires a Traffic Management Plan. These plans must be submitted to SFU Safety and Risk Services for review and approval. Email or call 778.782.3866
Hot Work When conducting any hot work (e.g. torching, welding, soldering, etc), SFU hot work permit must be obtained and all applicable controls must be implemented. If building smoke alarms or detection systems are required to be impaired, SFU Facilities Services or your SFU representative must be contacted. Contact Program Manager – Trades Safety, Environmental Health & Safety: 778.782.3867
Confined spaces If work requires the entry of any confined space as defined by WorkSafe BC, prior to entry a Risk Assessment, Entry Permit and specific work procedure must be written by a qualified person and submitted to SFU (Facilities Services and EHS) for review and approval.

WorkSafe BC – Part 9 Confined Spaces

Facilities Services: 778.782.3567

EHS: 778.782.3867

Hazardous building materials A pre-renovation report, risk assessment and procedures and Notice of Project must be submitted to WorkSafe BC and SFU.

WorkSafe BC – Part 6 and Part 20

refer to SFU hazardous building materials page for more information

Controlled products Copies of up-to-date Safety Data Sheets (SDS) must be provided and available on site. WorkSafe BC – Part 5 Chemical Agents and Biological Agents
Noise and Vibration Work that generates significant noise and vibration must be communicated with the SFU representative/project manager. A plan must be in place to mitigate and protect the SFU community and occupants. WorkSafe BC – Part 7 Noise, Vibration, Radiation and Temperature
Working Alone Any worker that performs work by themselves, the worker must be trained on their company’s Working Alone procedure. A written Working Alone procedure must be submitted to SFU (Facilities Services and EHS). WorkSafe BC – Part 4 General Conditions