It is the responsibility of each contractor working on this project to implement, enforce and modify when necessary the safety policies and procedures identified here-in. Communication and training is an integral part of the program, and should be emphasized over the duration of the job. In order to facilitate the above, every employee on site shall follow the established policies and procedures, report hazardous conditions and mitigate “areas of concern” before an illness, injury, near miss or other incident is realized. Contractors as well as other persons on this site are obligated to follow the same rules and regulations that have been implemented for the contractors in accordance with the requirements of, but not limited to; the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Massachusetts Department’s of Environmental Protection (DEP), Department of Public Safety, Department of Labor and Workplace Development, and other applicable state and local regulatory requirements.


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Emergency Action Plan


(29 CFR 1926.35)

Fire Alarms – All employees and visitors are required to evacuate the building or site in the event of a fire alarm, regardless of cause or time.

  • For reasons of accountability, the General Contractor shall, before any work is initiated, identify specific areas of accountability for each contractor, trade or manageable group.
  • Accountability areas shall be > 50’ from the building.
    • It is the responsibility of the individual group, (by contractor, trade etc.), to determine whether or not all of their personnel evacuated the building, and if not, to report the names of the missing (or unaccounted person(s)) to the fire department incident commander, the local police/security department, and the project superintendent.


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Recycling and Solid Waste

All construction sites greater than 1 acre in size, or are part of a larger construction site, shall have Storm Water Plan (SW3P) in place, as required by the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency. The General Contractor must also file a Notice of Intent (NOI) to use the Construction Multi Sector General Permit on the EPA's website. The Stormwater Plan and the Notice of Intent must be completed prior to any soil disturbance. Upon completing construction on the site, the General Contractor must file a Notice of Termination (NOT) with the EPA.


  •  As part of this requirement, all construction sites shall have a storm water protection plan to limit the discharge of construction materials, waste, including chemicals, cleaning materials, mud and sand into a storm drain and other "navigable" waterways.
    • Navigable - any location (wetland) that has the potential to have water ≥1 month/year.
      • The General Contractor is responsible for storm water protection on the site, and shall have designated a storm water manager for the duration of the project to monitor and correct the potential problematic discharge.
      • The storm water program, because it applies to ground water and water run-off must take into consideration all potential wastes leaving the construction site.
        • Acid or power washing of buildings must be controlled in a manner acceptable to the DEP / EPA
        • Areas for the washing of vehicles and concrete equipment must be controlled.
        • Oil must be stored in a manner to prevent the release in the case of a spill. The General Contractor must check with the Owner to determine if SPCC regulations apply. If so, the General Contractor must supply a list of all oil being stored in 55 gallons or larger to the owner, and must abide by the owner's SPCC Plan.
  • The contractor shall control run-off with appropriate measures that may include, but are not limited to;
    • Catch basin filters
    • Detention and retention areas
    • Neutralization systems
    • Stone drives to limit the spread of mud from the site
    • Silt fences
    • Soil retaining measures
    • Street sweeping (frequent)
  • The General Contractor, the sub-contractor (if applicable) and the Owner shall meet and discuss all options available to decide on the best management practices for the control of run-off.

Read more: Recycling and Solid Waste




(29 CFR 1926.900)

Blasting is a very specialized field that requires a "competent" person to be on-site and actively involved at all times. For regulatory and safety reasons, the following are minimum requirements that must be met, when any blasting materials and associated equipment is on site.

  • All blasting shall be performed by a competent, licensed person working for a fully insured and bonded blasting contractor.
  • Blasting must be approved, by permit, by the authority having jurisdiction (local fire department)
  • When blasting must be performed in congested areas, or in close proximity to a facility, highway, road or structure, or any other installation that could be damaged, the blaster shall take all of the appropriate precautions as it pertains to confinement, delaying, initiation, loading of each blast with “approved” mats or other acceptable "best management practices" to control the throw of fragments, for the protection of the employees, or other persons or property within the area.


  • Delivery and issuance of explosives shall be made to and from authorized, qualified personnel and placed into approved containers or magazines.
  • The use of black powder is prohibited.
  • When blasting is necessary, the following shall be required;
    • Unless otherwise permitted by the Authority Having Jurisdiction, blasting shall only be conducted between sun up and sun down.
    • Only authorized, competent, qualified person(s) shall handle blasting equipment, materials and explosives
    • Precautions shall be taken to prevent accidental discharge of electric blasting caps from current induced by cell phones, dust storms, errant power, lightning, radar and radio transmissions, or other sources of electricity.
    • The use of ignition sources, not related to actual blasting shall be prohibited. Fires, firearms, flames, heat producing equipment, matches, open flames and smoking is strictly forbidden.
      • 50’ minimum
    • No person under the influence of alcohol, drugs, medication or other substances that produce drowsiness shall not be permitted to work with blasting equipment and explosives
  • All blasting materials and explosives shall be kept in “approved” containers and/or Class II magazines, as required.
  • All explosives and blasting agents shall be accounted for at all times, with appropriate documentation of same.
  • No blasting agents, explosives or other related material can be abandoned.
  • Explosives, blasting agents, and blasting supplies that are obviously deteriorated or damaged shall not be used.
  • Empty boxes, paper and filter packing materials, which previously contained high explosives, shall not be used again for any purpose, but shall be destroyed by a means permitted by the authority having jurisdiction.
  • Employees authorized and qualified to prepare explosive charges, or conduct blasting operations shall use every reasonable precaution including, but not limited to;
    • Audible and visual warning signals
    • Barricades and/or flag

Read more: IV. SAFETY

Fire Extinguishers

Shall be conspicuously placed in appropriate areas of the construction or project site. As a minimum, a suitable (code compliant) extinguisher must be placed at;

  • each EXIT door on all floors
  • within 25’ of all hot work activities and operations, as well as on each welding cart

Fire Extinguishers on site shall have the following;

  • annual (in date) inspection tag
  • a gauge indicating fully charged, and
  • pin with security seal

Fire extinguishers shall only be used by personnel who have been trained to use this equipment

Persons without training shall evacuate the building

In the event of a fire emergency, regardless of size, the following shall occur;

  • Notify person(s) within the immediate vicinity of the fire, and request that they evacuate.
  • Leave the area or room, and if possible close the door to the room
  • Activate the closest fire alarm pull station, which is typically located next to the stairs or exit door.
  • From a safe location, such as outside by cell phone, dial the local emergency number or 911 and report the emergency.


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