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General Safety and Health Provisions for Construction checklist

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General Safety and Health Provisions for Construction

  • An injury prevention program is established for construction worksites.
  • The program does include frequent regular inspections by a designated competent person of the worksite, materials, and equipment.
  • When machines, tools, materials, or equipment are identified as unsafe, one of these procedures is followed: a. they are tagged b. the controls are locked to render them inoperable; or c. they are immediately removed from the work area.
  • Only qualified employees (by training or experience) are permitted to operate machinery.
  • All employees are trained to recognize and avoid unsafe conditions. They do know the regulations applicable to the work environment.
  • Employees have been instructed regarding the safe handling and use of poisons, caustics, and other harmful substances. They are aware of the hazards, personal hygiene, and personal protective measures required.
  • In areas where harmful plants or animals may be present, employees have been instructed regarding the hazards, how to avoid injury, and first aid procedures to be used in the event of injury.
  • Employees who are required to handle or use flammable liquids, gases, or toxic materials have been instructed in the safe handling and use of these materials.
  • All employees who are required to enter confined or enclosed spaces have been instructed in the nature of the hazards involved, the necessary precautions to take, and the use of protective and emergency equipment required.
  • Medical personnel are available for advice and consultation.
  • Provisions are made in advance of any project for prompt medical attention in case of serious injury.
  • If emergency medical care is not readily available, a certified person is available to render first aid.
  • First-aid supplies are readily available at the worksite.
  • First-aid supplies at the worksite are in a weatherproof container with individual sealed packages for each type of item.
  • First-aid supplies are checked to replace expended items each time they are sent to the worksite and at least weekly if left at the worksite.
  • Transportation is available for taking an injured person to medical care, or is a communication system available for contacting an ambulance service.
  • Telephone numbers of physicians, hospitals, or ambulances are conspicuously posted at the worksite.
  • An adequate supply of drinking water is at or near the worksite.
  • If portable drinking water containers are used at the worksite, they can be tightly closed and are they equipped with a tap.
  • Dipping water from a drinking water container and use of a common drinking cup is prohibited.
  • Washing facilities are at or near the worksite for employees who handle paints, coatings, pesticides, or other harmful contaminants.
  • An effective fire protection and prevention program has been established at the worksite through all phases of construction, repair, or alteration.
  • All form and scrap lumber with protruding nails, and all other debris has been cleared from work areas, passageways, and stairs in and around buildings or other structures.
  • Combustible scrap and debris is removed from the work area at regular intervals during the course of construction.
  • Containers are provided for the collection and separation of waste, trash, oily and used rags, and other refuse.
  • All solvent wastes, oily rags, and flammable liquids are kept in fire-resistant, covered containers until removed from the work area.
  • All construction areas, aisles, stairs, ramps, runways, corridors, offices, labs, shops, and storage areas where work is in progress are well lighted.
  • Appropriate personal protective equipment is used in all operations where hazardous conditions exist.

Material Handling and Storage

  • All materials that are stored in tiers are stacked, racked, blocked, interlocked, or otherwise secured to prevent sliding, falling, or collapse.
  • The minimum safe load limit of floors within buildings and structures, in pounds per square foot, is conspicuously posted in all storage areas.
  • Maximum safe loads are always maintained.
  • Aisles and passageways are kept clear to provide for the free and safe movement of material-handling equipment and people.
  • Such areas are kept in good repair.
  • Where a difference in road or working level exists, means such as ramps, blocking, or grading are provided to ensure the safe movement of vehicles between two levels.
  • Material stored inside buildings under construction is placed more than 6 feet away from any hoistway or inside floor openings, or more than 10 feet away from an exterior wall.
  • Noncompatible materials are segregated in storage.
  • Bagged materials are stacked by stepping back the layers and cross-keying the stack at least every 10 bags.
  • It is prohibited to store more material on scaffolds or runways than needed for the immediate operation.
  • Brick stacks are limited to 7 feet in height.
  • When masonry blocks are stacked higher than 6 feet, the stack is tapered back one half block per tier above the 6-foot level.
  • All nails are withdrawn from lumber before lumber is stacked.
  • Lumber is stacked on level and solidly supported sills.
  • Lumber is stacked in a stable, self-supporting manner.
  • All lumber piles are 20 feet or less in height.
  • Lumber piles to be handled manually are stacked a height of 16 feet or less.
  • All structural steel, poles, pipe, bar stock and other cylindrical material (unless racked) are stacked and blocked to prevent spreading or tilting.
  • All masonry walls over 8 feet in height are braced to prevent overturning.