Best Practices


Ethical Conduct

The Associated General Contractors of America, Inc. is dedicated to the advancement of efficient and scientific construction methods and the elimination of wasteful and unsafe practices. The Association has guarded against improper practices within the industry and must continue to do so by scrupulously avoiding any action which might prove to be incompatible with the public interest and the best interests of the construction industry as a whole.

The Association realizes that the vital impact which the construction industry has upon the well-being, comfort and safety of the entire public, injects into the general contractor’s function an element of professional responsibility which is founded upon honor and trust. This responsibility requires, among other things, improvement of construction methods, management and services, elimination of uneconomical and improper practices and continued efforts to build responsibility throughout the industry. It surely cannot mean less than the establishment of construction services which will provide to the public an assurance of faithful performance.

The governing of business conduct by legislation is not only undesirable but practically impossible. Industries and individuals, in order to retain the benefits arising from free initiative, and to avoid the burdens of regulatory legislation, must accept responsibility for fair and intelligent self-government. Such self-discipline does not require a profound knowledge of law and legal procedure, but merely the courage to abide by self-imposed restraints and principles which the intelligent and fair-minded majority of any industry clearly understands. Such courage is especially needed in the construction industry which so vitally affects the entire nation.

A principle that can be accepted without reservation and one recognized by fair-minded persons everywhere is that contracts, whether written or oral, should be performed with the same good faith and intent with which the parties entered into the agreement. Any disagreement concerning intent should be settled by negotiation if possible, or by alternative dispute resolution methods, in preference to legal action.

The general contractor must always deal fairly with employees and be interested in their well-being. Sound policies should be established for the safety and health of workers, implemented by supervisory staff and practiced by all employees for their own protection and that of their fellow workers.

Business relations with architects, engineers, subcontractors and suppliers should be conducted in conformance with advisory guidelines for fair treatment which have been developed and published through the joint efforts of this Association and the other professional societies and industry trade associations.

In order to maintain the Association’s reputation for Skill, Integrity and Responsibility, all Conventions and Board Meetings should continue to be open to the public, the press and all interested persons to the maximum extent feasible.

The Associated General Contractors of America promotes the principles of SKILL, INTEGRITY and RESPONSIBILITY.

Safety Resources

Safety and Health Services

AGC members consider safety and health on job sites as a top priority in the workplace. AGC’s Safety and Health Services provides a wealth of information and services on construction safety and health through our numerous safety resources. Click HERE to view safety training offered at AGC of East Tennessee. AGC of East Tennessee also has a library of safety training on CDs and VHS members may use for tool box talks and other employee safety meetings.

Safety Training Programs

AGC offers a range of safety training programs. AGC is committed to developing, maintaining and providing program curriculum, supplying materials, handling registration and payment services, developing marketing materials and marketing the training program, and providing qualified instructors.

Safety Management Training Course (SMTC)

The AGC of America Safety Management Training Course (SMTC) is a three-day intensive training course that provides instruction on the basic skills needed to manage a safety program within a company. Participants will receive instruction and training that will allow them to return to their firms with readily applicable new skills. Participants must attend all sessions and pass a written exam to receive a certificate from AGC of America indicating successful completion of the course.

Advanced Safety Management Training Course (ASMTC)

The AGC of America Advanced Safety Management Training Course (ASMTC) is a unique three-day course that provides a high level training experience for safety professionals and company managers who have a solid background in construction safety and health. This course enhances a participant’s ability to manage all aspects of safety and health for their companies on field safety, risk management, legal and liability issues. The ASMTC is intended to be interactive, with in-depth discussions between participants and instructors.

Safety Awards Programs

AGC of America recognizes contractor members for excellence in safety through two Awards Programs: the Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) and the National AGC Safety Awards (NASA).

Construction Safety and Excellence Awards

The AGC of America Construction Safety and Excellence Awards (CSEA) is an ongoing and evolving effort by AGC to recognize companies who have developed and implemented excellent safety and loss prevention programs achieved through management commitment, employee involvement, and program innovation. All AGC Chapters are encouraged to submit nominations for each division and occupational category.
View the 2013 CSEA winners

National AGC Safety Awards

The National AGC of America Safety Awards (NASA) program is an excellent opportunity for AGC members to evaluate their safety record against other members of similar size and construction type across the country. NASA provides a great opportunity for contractor members to compete for nationally recognized awards that have excellent safety records.

Construction Industry Safety Excellence Awards

The Construction Industry Safety Excellence (CISE) Awards program recognizes commendable safety management and safety improvements of owner member companies of the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT).