General Requirements For Safety And Health

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    A.   This procedure includes general safety and health
         guidelines to follow when performing any construction or
         demolition work on a project.


    A.   Safety and health requirements should conform to the

         1.   Code of Federal Regulations (CFR):

              a.   OSHA General Industry Safety and Health
                   Standards (29 CFR 1910), Publication V2206;
                   OSHA Construction Industry Standards (29 CFR
                   1926). One source of these regulations is OSHA
                   Publication 2207, which includes a combination
                   of both Parts 1910 and 1925 as they relate to
                   construction safety and health. It is for sale
                   by the Superintendent of Documents. U.S.
                   Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.

              b.   National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air
                   Pollutants (40 CFR, Part 61).

         2.   Federal Standard (Fed. Std):  

              a.   313A: Material Safety Data Sheets, Preparation
                   and the Submission of.


    A.   Hazardous Materials:  Refer to hazardous and toxic
         materials/substances included in Subparts H and Z of 29
         CFR 1910, and to others as additionally defined in Fed.
         Std. 313. Those most commonly encountered include
         asbestos, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBS), explosives,
         and radioactive material, but may include others. The
         most likely products to contain asbestos are sprayed-on
         fireproofing, insulation, boiler lagging, and pipe


    A.   Design Data/Test Reports/Certificates:

         1.   Accident Reporting: A copy of each accident report,
              which the Contractor or subcontractors submit to
              their insurance carriers, shall be forwarded
              through the Construction Engineer to the Regional
              Historic Preservation Officer (RHPO) as soon as
              possible, but in no event later than seven (7)
              calendar days after the day the accident occurred.

         2.   Permits: If hazardous materials are disposed of off
              site, submit copies of permits from applicable,
              Federal, State, or municipal authorities.

         3.   Other Submittals: If agreed to in writing at the
              preconstruction safety meeting, other submittals
              shall be required. One such submittal which may be
              included is a plan of action for handling hazardous
              materials to contain the following:

              a.   Number, type, and experience of employees to
                   be used for the work.

              b.   Description of how safety and health
                   regulations and standards shall be met.

              c.   Type of protective equipment and work
                   procedures to be used.

              d.   Emergency procedures for accidental spills or

              e.   Procedures for disposing of or storing the
                   toxic/hazardous materials.

              f.   Identification of possible hazards, problems,
                   and proposed control mechanisms.

              g.   Protection of public or others not related to
                   the operation.

              h.   Interfacing and control of subcontractors, if

              i.   Identifications of analysis, test
                   demonstrations, and validation requirements.

              j.   Method of certification for compliance.


    A.   Regulatory Requirements:

         1.   Compliance With Regulations: All work, including
              the handling of hazardous materials or the
              disturbance or dismantling of structures containing
              hazardous materials shall comply with the
              applicable requirements of 29 CFR 1926/1910. Work
              involving the disturbance or dismantling of
              asbestos or asbestos containing materials; the
              demolition of structure containing asbestos; and/or
              the disposal and removal of asbestos, shall also
              comply with the requirements of 40 CFR, Part 61,
              Subparts A and B. All work shall comply with
              applicable state and municipal safety and health
              requirements. Where there is a conflict between
              applicable regulations, the most stringent shall

         2.   Contractor Responsibility The Contractor shall
              assume full responsibility and liability for
              compliance with all applicable regulations
              pertaining to the health and safety of personnel
              during the execution of work, and shall hold the
              Government harmless for any action on his part or
              that of his employees or subcontractors, which
              results in illness, injury, or death.

         3.   Inspections, Tests, and Reports: The required
              inspections, tests, and reports made by the
              Contractor, subcontractors, specially trained
              technicians, equipment manufacturers, and others as
              required shall be at the Contractor's expense.

         4.   Special facilities, devices, equipment, clothing,
              and similar items used by the Contractor in the
              execution of work shall comply with the applicable

         5.   The Contractor shall bring to the attention of the
              RHPO any material suspected of being hazardous
              which he encounters during execution of the work. A
              determination will be made by the RHPO as to
              whether the Contractor shall perform tests to
              determine if the material is hazardous. If the RHPO
              directs the Contractor to Perform tests, and/or if
              the material is found hazardous and additional
              protective measures are needed, a contract change
              may be required, subject to "Differing Site
              Conditions" clause of the General Conditions.

         6.   Stop Work Orders:  When the Contractor or his/her
              subcontractors are notified by the RHPO's
              representative(s) of any noncompliance with the
              provisions of the contract and the action(s) to be
              taken, the Contractor shall immediately, if so
              directed, or within 48 hours, after receipt of a
              notice of violation correct the unsafe or unhealthy
              condition. If the Contractor fails to comply
              promptly, all or any part of the work being
              performed by be stopped by the RHPO or his/her
              representative(s) with a "Stop Work Order". When,
              in the opinion of the RHPO or his/her
              representative(s), satisfactory corrective action
              has been taken to correct the unsafe and unhealthy
              condition, a start order will be given immediately.
              The Contractor shall not be allowed any extension
              of time or compensation for damages by reason of or
              in connection with such work stoppage.

         7.   The Contractor shall take all necessary precautions
              to prevent injury to the public, building
              occupants, or damage to property of others. For the
              purposes of this contract, the public or building
              occupants shall include all persons not employed by
              the Contractor or a subcontractor working under
              his/her direction.

         8.   Work shall not be performed in any area occupied by
              the public or Federal employees unless specifically
              permitted by the contract or the RHPO and unless
              adequate steps are taken for the protection of the
              public or Federal employees.

         9.   Whenever practicable, the work area shall be
              fenced, barricaded, or otherwise blocked off from
              the public or building occupants to prevent
              unauthorized entry into the work area.

         10.  Alternate Precautions: When the nature of the work
              prevents isolation of the work area and the public
              or building occupants may be in or pass through,
              under or over the work area, alternate precautions
              such as the posting of signs, the use of signal
              persons, the erection of barricades or similar
              protection around particularly hazardous operations
              shall be used as appropriate.

         11.  Public Thoroughfare: When work is to be performed
              over a public thoroughfare such as a sidewalk,
              lobby, or corridor, the thoroughfare shall be
              close, if possible, or other precautions taken such
              as the installation of screens or barricades. When
              the exposure to heavy falling objects exists, as
              during the erection of building walls or during
              demolition, special protection of the type detailed
              in 29 CFR 1910/1926 shall be provided.

         12.  Fences and barricades shall be moved upon
              completion of the project, in accordance with local
              ordinance and to the satisfaction of the RHPO or
              his/her representative(s).

         13.  Storing, positioning or use of equipment tools,
              materials, scraps, and trash in a manner likely to
              present a hazard to the public or building
              occupants by its accidental shifting, ignition, or
              other hazardous qualities is prohibited.

         14.  Obstructions: No corridor, aisle, stairway, door,
              or exit shall be obstructed or used in such a
              manner as to encroach upon routes of ingress or
              egress utilized by the public or building
              occupants, or to present unsafe or unhealthy
              conditions to the public or building occupants.

    B.   Pre-Construction Conference:  Safety Meeting:
         Representatives of the Contractor shall meet with the
         RHPO and his/her representative(s) prior to the start of
         repair, alternation or construction activities for the
         purpose of reviewing the Contractor's safety and health
         programs and discussing implementation of all safety and
         health provisions pertinent to the work to be performed
         under the contract. The Contractor shall be prepared to
         discuss, in detail, the measures he/she intends to take
         in order to control any unsafe or unhealthy conditions
         associated with the work to be performed under the
         contract. This meeting may be held in conjunction with
         the pre-construction conference, if so directed by the
         RHPO. The conduct of this meeting is not contingent upon
         a general pre-construction meeting. The level of detail
         for the safety meeting is dependent upon the nature of
         the work and the potential inherent hazards. The
         Contractor's principal on-site representative(s), the
         general superintendent and his/her safety
         representative(s) shall attend this meeting.


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Last Reviewed 2012-02-24