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.



The responsibility for the implementation, training and enforcement of this program rests with the;

General Contractor: ___________________________________

Project Manager / Site Superintendent:___________________________________

The goal of this program is to provide a healthy and safe working environment for everyone as well as to protect the site and the environment to the best of our ability. If a conflict is identified between the safety manuals of the general contractor, any sub-contractor, or the owner, the most stringent requirement shall prevail.


The Site Specific EH&S Plan can and should be used (with applicable modifications) as a guide for projects at or above $100,000.00, to assist the contractor and all sub-contractors working on the project. In order to facilitate “best management practices” for this project, the general contractor shall incorporate the most stringent rules and regulations of all on-site contractors and the owner into this program. It is expected that all hazardous conditions identified by personnel on site, a safety officer or a local, state and/or federal inspector will be corrected immediately, or referred to a supervisor for corrective action. The General Contractor through his/her designee shall be responsible for the enforcement of the rules, regulations and other applicable environmental, health and safety requirements on site, as well as the  appropriate disciplinary action for non-compliance. 

Primary Requirement

The General Contractor shall make all personnel on site, including sub-contractors aware of this site specific safety plan, and emergency action plan(s), prior to initiation of work. This notification shall include; site specific program content, special project concerns and hazards, owner modifications, the training requirements for the project, including the day and time of the “tool box” talks, the reporting of hazards, illnesses, injuries and “near-misses”, any dangerous or out-of-service equipment, and the location of all the plans, manuals, MSDS and JHA / JSA’s. All reports, including accidents, incidents, out-of-service equipment and other information related to this plan shall be submitted to the Project Manager/Site Superintendent for corrective action and distribution.


This document is to be used as a reference only for a Site Specific Environmental Health and Safety Plan. Sections of this document may not be necessary for most projects and should be removed. Conversely, additional sections not covered here-in may need to be added. This plan was drafted to assist companies who are required to have a EHS Plan on site, and shall serve as a "guide", covering most construction/project related activities. All information within has been taken directly from the regulatory requirements of the local, state and federal codes and laws as well as from recognized (adopted) standards.

Contractors should review and modify this document accordingly to meet the requirements of the project, making sure to include all necessary information. Again this is not an all inclusive document, so contractors remain completely responsible for content, training and enforcement of all regulatory requirements.

  • This plan is not to be used as a legal document.  It is for training and reference only.
  • This Site Specific Safety Plan is a working document.  Modifications shall be made by the user to properly reflect the site specific job that this plan will be used on. 
  • If any person(s) identify abnormalities with plan or modifications in code requirements, please contact a member of the Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire Alliance.
  • A review of this entire plan shall be done annually (September) at the Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire Alliance Training session.


Areas of Accountability: Pre-designated area(s) normally located ≥ 50' from the building / construction site, where a headcount is conducted after an emergency evacuation.


Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ): The regulatory agency, typically the city or town inspector charged with code compliance, as it pertains to the specific code.


Barrier Protection: Physical separation of adequate size and strength to prevent unauthorized access to an area, building, section of a building, excavation or space where persons and/or vehicles are excluded or protected.


Competent Person: The two most appropriate definitions, as it pertains to a site specific safety plan are included here-in. A competent person could be either a technically qualified and trained individual for a specific task, such as a scaffold erector or a construction supervisor, or it could be an individual who has the ability to recognize a hazard, and has the ability to promptly correct it.

  • a person with the appropriate certification, knowledge, or who is a technically qualified and trained individual for a specific task, or a person who is capable of identifying existing hazards in the workplace, selecting the appropriate control strategy, and has the authority to take prompt corrective action to eliminate the hazards.


Confined Space: any space that meets the following 3 criteria:

  1. Is large enough and so configured that an employee can bodily enter and perform assigned work.
  2. Access doors and panels measuring as an example; 18” x 18”, 2’ x 2’, 3’ x 3’ etc.

o    manhole(s)

o    tunnels

o    has limited or restricted means of ingress or egress, such as, but not limited to:

o    Boilers, ductwork, elevator hoist-ways, overheads and pits, excavations, pits,  stacks, tanks, tunnels, vaults

  1. Is not designed for continuous occupancy.
    There are only two classifications for confined spaces;

Non - Permit Required Confined Space(s): Is a confined space that does notcontain any known or potential hazards (atmospheric, mechanical or physical) that have the potential to cause serious illness, injury or death.


Permit Required Confined Space(s): A confined space that does contain one or more known or potential hazards that could pose a threat to the health and safety of the persons who will enter the space, and for which entry a permit is required. A permit required confined space has one or more of the following characteristics;

    • hazardous atmosphere
    • materials that could engulf / entrap the entrant / occupant
    • has an internal configuration that could trap or asphyxiate the entrant / occupant
    • has air, gas, steam or water under pressure
    • has the potential for extremely high temperatures
    • electrocution hazards
    • greater than ½” of water or other fluid
    • inadequate means of egress
    • any other recognized health and/or safety hazard

Contract: an agreement between two or more parties for the doing or not doing of something specified.


Contractor: a person who contracts to furnish supplies or perform work at a certain price or rate.  A written agreement between owners, contractors and their sub-contractors.

    • Contractors, unless specifically identified as General Contractor(s), shall include both general and subcontractors.

Employer: a person or business (contractor and/or sub-contractor) that employs one or more people, esp. for wages or salary:


Excavator: any company or person, including the owner who performs an excavation


Facility: any building, pipe, underground enclosure such as a vault or manhole.


Inspector: a person from a local, state or federal regulatory agency who is on site for the purpose of inspecting for compliance.

Multiple Employer Work Site: is made up of:

  • The Creating Employer: the employer that caused a hazardous condition that violates an OSHA standard.
  • The Exposing Employer: an employer whose own employees are exposed to the hazard.
  • The Correcting Employer: an employer who is engaged in a common undertaking, on the same work site, as the exposing employer and is responsible for correcting a hazard.
  • The Controlling Employer: an employer who has general supervisory authority over the work site, including the power to correct safety and health violations itself or require other to correct them. Control can be established by contractor or, in the absence of explicit contractual provisions, by the exercise of control in practice.

Owner: a person who owns; possessor; proprietor.


Project: a large or major undertaking, esp. one involving considerable money, personnel, and equipment.


Trench: a subsurface excavation > 3’ in depth, and is < 15’ between soil walls, as measured from the bottom.

This Site Specific EHS Plan is for the:  Alteration / Demolition / New Construction / Renovation for:

Name of Building or Project:


Which is located at:                                                                                             City/Town:                                                      State:                                                                                                                                                        


The above referenced building has been identified by the local Building Department / Inspector as Use Group:

                A -____    B        E        F -____    H -____    I -____    M        R - ____   S - ____    U

                                         Assign the appropriate numerical value and circle the Use Group

The building (if applicable) is a _______ story; type ( 1a / 1b / 2a / 2b / 2c / 3a / 3b / 4 / 5a / 5b ) constructed building which is ________ sq ft in area.

The project is scheduled to begin ______/______/__________, and has an anticipated completion date of ______/______/__________.



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