Harvard Master Services Agreements (MSAs) for Environmental Health and Safety Providers
This guidance document is designed for service providers and contractors and describes Harvard’s EH&S Qualified Vendor (EQV) program.
Recently, Harvard’s Department of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) teamed up with School Procurement departments across the University to establish university-wide contracts (MSAs) for vendors who provide EH&S related services to multiple university entities. This process was designed to save time and money for vendors and university purchasers and reduce the confusion caused from multiple and conflicting terms and pricing.
EH&S Services Covered Under this Program:
- Regulated Waste Disposal
- Wastewater Compliance Services
- Sampling and Analytical Services
- Asbestos Abatement and Disposal
- Asbestos Sampling and Monitoring
- Licensed Site Professionals (LSP)
- EH&S Consulting Services
Harvard’s Procurement & Purchasing
Harvard University is large, diverse, and highly decentralized. The University is a regional entity with campuses and facilities in Cambridge, Boston, and other greater Boston communities.
Harvard’s purchasing functions are very decentralized. Individual faculty and staff in the various schools and departments across the University determine business needs, place orders, establish contracts, and authorize the payment of invoices.
Centrally, the Office of Strategic Procurement facilitates University efforts to streamline the purchasing process and leverage Harvard’s buying power.
For more information about the University’s structure, see:
EH&S Vendor Qualification
Vendors are required to submit qualifications which may include, compliance history, accident rates or Experience Modification Rate (EMR), preferred pricing, insurance rates, corporate governance, and other information depending on the specific type of services.
Generally, vendors require a University sponsor, a successful work history at the University or a specialty service to be considered for this program. Procurement will work with the prospective vendor and in collaboration with EH&S and other affected parties to assess University needs for a given service area.
Once qualified, vendors will work with procurement and EH&S to establish a Master Services Agreement (MSA) with the University. This MSA will replace any other contracts for similar services that have been established with other university schools unless otherwise specified.