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.

Wetlands (Resource Protection Areas)

The Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (MGL Chapter 258) regulate activities within wetlands resource areas, within a 100' buffer of a wetland, or within 200' of a river. Work within these resource protection areas, require an application to the local Conservation Commission. Any "orders and conditions" established by the Conservation Commission of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, must be strictly adhered to.

  • Local bylaws may also apply. If this project involves activity within a resource protection area, a map of that area and specific requirements established are included as an appendix.

The Storm Water Manager for the General Contractor on the project is;  



(_____) _______-___________


Owner / Company

Telephone Number

 The Storm Water Manager for the Owner on the project is;



(_____) _______-___________


Owner / Company

Telephone Number

For additional information and regulations on Storm Water Regulations, see 

Universal Waste

Universal waste on the construction site shall include the following materials, which are regulated by the State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

  • Ballasts
  • Batteries
  • Computer Monitors
  • Light bulbs (except incandescent)
  • Equipment containing mercury, such as switches and thermostats

All of these materials are regulated by the state and shall be collected and disposed of in accordance with state and federal requirements.

  • For this project, all universal waste must be properly labeled and packaged.
  • The General Contractor shall box, tape closed and label the containers as to the actual contents
  • The General Contractor shall maintain and inspect (weekly) the universal waste storage area on the job site to insure regulatory compliance.
  • When the containers are full, or there are no other universal wastes to be removed from the site, the General Contractor shall contact the owner for disposal method

The Universal Waste Manager for the owner is;




(_____) _______-___________


Owner / Company

Telephone Number

Asbestos and Hazardous Building Materials

  • Site assessment prior to work including TCLP
  • AQ-06
  • ANF-001
  • Emergency information

Clean Air Act

  • Vehicle Idling
  • Dust Generation
  • Emergency Generators
  • Parts Washers


General Health and Sanitation

The General Contractor is responsible for health and sanitation on this project.

  • Housekeeping practices are reflective of the site health and sanitation program
  • The General Contractor shall be responsible for providing the work site with adequate potable water and disposable cups for the purpose of employee hydration.
  • The General Contractor shall provide the appropriate sanitary cans for restroom facilities, unless otherwise negotiated with the owner.
  • All restroom facilities including sanitary cans shall have, as a minimum alcohol-based hand cleaners and disposable toilet paper and towels.

Health Hazards – Construction Sites

The following health related hazards have been, or are believed to be on site;
















Hexavalent Chromium




Lead/Lead Solder















It is the responsibility of the General Contractor to perform a risk assessment of the project, make appropriate notifications of the identified conditions and hazards, properly train the affected employees and take the appropriate measures to best protect the health and well-being of the personnel on site.

  • In order to eliminate the hazards referenced above, the General Contractor should choose one or more of the remediation protocols, identified here-in. Best management practices include, but are not limited to;



(29 CFR 1926.1101)

Based on information available, it has been determined that this site has;




No Asbestos 


Possibility of Asbestos

Asbestos may be found in the following locations on this project;

Boilers and Heating Systems

Ceiling tiles

Floor tile(s)

Glue daubs

Insulation (ceiling and wall)

Linoleum and cove base

Pipe insulation


Roofing adhesives, flashing and membranes

Sheetrock and joint compound

Window caulking and glazing

If asbestos is or may be present on site, all employees are required to have aminimum of 2 Hr Asbestos Awareness Training.

  • Although some materials can be identified as non-asbestos by touch (such as fiberglass), the only way to confirm whether or not the material is non-asbestos is to test it.
  • All material that has not been tested, but has the possibility of being asbestos must be treated as “presumed asbestos containing material” or PACM.

If an employee comes in contact with any PACM, they should immediately contact;



(_____) _______-___________


Owner / Company

Telephone Number

For additional information or regulatory requirements on Asbestos Regulations, see 






(29 CFR 1926.62)

Lead contaminated materials, including glazed blocks and tiles, paints, plumbing and stains may be present on site.

  • The following materials has tested positive for lead on this project;


Glazed Block

Glazed Tile



  • Lead containing materials shall be properly removed and disposed of using lead safe work practices.
    • Lead contaminated wastes shall not be discarded into a construction dumpster, as the level of lead may exceed a TCLP (Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure) test, rendering the dumpster contaminated and unable to be disposed of, except at an approved lead landfill, with appropriate documentation.
  • The General Contractor, with the permission of the owner or owner's representative, is responsible for the safe removal and disposal of all lead containing materials.

For this project, the contact person for lead safe work practices and disposal requirements is;



(_____) _______-___________


Owner / Company

Telephone Number


Risk Assessment

The General Contractor is responsible for a site risk assessment as it pertains to health hazards on the construction site. The risk assessment is performed to limit the potential of, or exposure to health related issues that could adversely affect personnel on site. The General Contractor should, when necessary, contact an environmental and/or health and safety specialist for health risks that are non-routine or unfamiliar to the contractor(s). The General Contractor should take the following into consideration when performing the required risk assessment;

  • Prevent the introduction of problematic chemicals or material on the job site.
  • Were the following potential problems taken into consideration?

Spray paints




Spray-on fire-proofing and filters


Welding and cutting


Carbon monoxide from handling and heating equipment


Acids, liquid droplets and oil






Temperature and Humidity


Vapors(solvents, sealers, stains and water-proofing)

Substitute chemicals and materials that are considered hazardous with less hazardous materials or processes

Does the risk assessment include exposure to;


Corrosive Chemicals, inclusive of cement

Fecal droppings from animals, bats and birds

Highly Toxic Materials




Stagnant water and chemicals in mechanical equipment and processes

Toxic Chemicals


Did the assessment take into consideration chemicals, materials or processes that could be;

  • Absorbed (through skin or improper type of gloves or covering)
  • Ingested (taken in by mouth)
  • Inhaled (breathed in)
  • Injected (by stick or bite)
  • Reduce potential risks using engineering controls
    • If engineering controls are not feasible, was personal protective equipment, such as a respirator evaluated
    • If a respirator is warranted, is there a respirator program with the company (OSHA Requirement)
    • Eliminate or reduce potential buildup of a chemical, environmental or health related hazard
    • Slow down the release of a potential concern or hazard
    • Separate incompatible chemicals and materials to prevent an unwanted reaction
    • Provide barrier protection
    • Many of the concerns identified in the list above should be resolved or properly dealt with before the project is initiated
    • All hazard assessments should be in writing, as this will indicate that a risk assessment was performed.

Risk assessments should include the review of MSDS, which should then be placed into the appropriate binder, file or cabinet



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