General Requirements For Safety And Health
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GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SAFETY AND HEALTH
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
f. Identification of possible hazards, problems,
and proposed control mechanisms.
g. Protection of public or others not related to
h. Interfacing and control of subcontractors, if
i. Identifications of analysis, test
demonstrations, and validation requirements.
j. Method of certification for compliance.
1.05 QUALITY ASSURANCE:
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
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
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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