Proactive safety planning during all phases of construction is essential in order to reduce the risk associated with construction and renovation activities, as well as eliminate hazards to construction workers, faculty, staff, students, and the public. This service includes the management and implementation of the Construction Safety Standard, pre-construction planning, evaluation of contractor safety performance, development of a project hazard analysis, detailed review of high-risk activities, and administration of a comprehensive substance abuse prevention program.
The University, through agreement and as a recipient of federal funding, is bound to adhere to Federal Department of Health and Human Services regulations concerning illicit substances, which still include marijuana. When the federal government changes the screen or confirmation threshold cut offs or adds new drugs or procedures to the list of drugs to be tested, the University's substance abuse testing shall be automatically amended to accommodate such change. Massachusetts state law does not affect the authority of employers to enact and enforce workplace policies restricting the consumption of marijuana by employees, nor does it amend existing penalties for conduct involving the performance of any task while impaired by marijuana. Accordingly, the University's pre-hire, post-accident, and reasonable suspicion substance abuse testing still includes marijuana.
Construction Safety Officer
Associate Director of Project Support Services
Did You Know?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule regarding worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The final rule takes effect on June 23, 2016, after which the construction industry has one year to comply with the requirements, by June 23, 2017.
Notable updates to this OSHA Standard: