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XIX Construction, Renovations and Other Contractual Work

The duty to comply with safety and health standards falls on design professionals (e.g. engineer and architects).  Construction and renovation plans are, however, reviewed by the Safety and Health Director for matters such as storage and ventilation, and other matters related to safety and health.

FSU expects contractors to furnish the sole supervision and control over the safety and health of employees hired to do the job contemplated.  FSU has the obligation to provide the contractor with a copy of its safety and health policies (i.e. lockout/tagout policy), point out contract employee’s violation to the contractor supervisor, and meet with the contractor management about the importance of its safety and health policy.

The Safety Director should notify the employees of the work to be performed, when it will begin, and when it is expected to be completed.  The notification must also include any hazardous conditions or materials that will be present in their workplace.  If any hazardous materials are to be used, copies of the MSDS must be available for the employee’s inspection.

If a hazardous condition is created in the workplace, such as a blocked exit, employees must be advised of alternate exits.

Guidelines for developing contractual arrangement for contracted waste disposal:
  1. Contractor must agree to comply with applicable laws and regulations.
  2. Indemnification and "duty-to-defend agreement"--the contractor must be willing to defend against any litigation imposed, as a result of his transportation, storage or handling of waste contracted material.
  3. Financial assurances - the contractor must have insurance.
  4. The contractor must allow periodic inspection of (1) documentation; 2) shipment manifest.
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