General contractors can be held liable for the property damage or bodily injury of others due to their contracting operations. Therefore, general contractors must address and mitigate environmental risks through the procurement process by vetting subcontractors that are properly trained and insured. This can be accomplished by hiring CERC certified subcontractors. In addition, general contractors have many benefits of becoming a CERC as well, including the following:

  • Differentiate from your competition by providing environmental training to your staff and protecting yourself against potential pollution claims
  • Including the CERC Certificate with your qualifications is a great way to rise above your competition and win more bids
  • Properly trained employees help to reduce environmental, health and safety incidents, improving your Experience Modification Factor which affects your Workers’ Compensation insurance premium
  • Receive protection for pollution events caused by mistakes or errors made by a subcontractor under your supervision
  • Obtain true pollution liability insurance to protect yourself in the event of a costly pollution cleanup at your job site
  • Should there be a claim that you are not at fault for, pollution liability insurance will cover your defense costs as well

Becoming a CERC and hiring subcontractors that have also received the CERC certification, builds confidence and relationships with project owners and protects your business. For more information on the CERC requirements, see the Class I requirements for general and trade contractors.

General contractors can be held liable for the property damage or bodily injury of others due to their contracting operations. Therefore, general contractors must address and mitigate environmental risks through the procurement process by vetting subcontractors that are properly trained and insured. This can be accomplished by hiring CERC certified subcontractors. In addition, general contractors have many benefits of becoming a CERC as well, including the following:

  • Differentiate from your competition by providing environmental training to your staff and protecting yourself against potential pollution claims
  • Including the CERC Certificate with your qualifications is a great way to rise above your competition and win more bids
  • Properly trained employees help to reduce environmental, health and safety incidents, improving your Experience Modification Factor which affects your Workers’ Compensation insurance premium
  • Receive protection for pollution events caused by mistakes or errors made by a subcontractor under your supervision
  • Obtain true pollution liability insurance to protect yourself in the event of a costly pollution cleanup at your job site
  • Should there be a claim that you are not at fault for, pollution liability insurance will cover your defense costs as well

Becoming a CERC and hiring subcontractors that have also received the CERC certification, builds confidence and relationships with project owners and protects your business. For more information on the CERC requirements, see the Class I requirements for general and trade contractors.