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2024 Starken Subcontractor Safety Overview

SAFETY GUIDELINES

PURPOSE AND SCOPE

The purpose of this manual is to promote, so far as possible, safe and healthful working conditions for every contractor and subcontractor engaged in project work as well as provide for the safety of the general public from associated hazards by encouraging contractors and subcontractors to assume full responsibility for the administration and enforcement of the Starken Technologies safety guidelines.

DISCLAIMER: This document does not, in any way, intend to replace or modify federal, state and local safety rules and regulations. As such, all contractors and subcontractors shall assume full responsibility for safety and loss control during all phases of their work and shall comply with all applicable federal, state and local safety rules and regulations.

POLICY AND GOAL 

It is the policy and goal of Starken Technologies to provide a safe and healthful working environment. To achieve this goal, Starken Technologies has defined safety guidelines for its business operations. All contractors and subcontractors are required to read and become familiar with the Starken Technologies safety guidelines and shall adhere to them while on Starken Technologies property. As such, all contractor and subcontractor employees performing work on Starken Technologies property shall conduct their work in a safe manner consistent with good safety practices. 

Starken Technologies requires full compliance with all applicable safety guidelines, including but not limited to “project specific” policies, federal, state and local laws, statues, ordinances, guidelines, requirements, rules, and regulations of government authorities and any other authorities having control or responsibility bearing on the performance of contractor and subcontractor work. 

The Starken Technologies safety guidelines, OSHA facilities manual, does not negate, abrogate or otherwise alter the provisions of federal, state and local safety rules and regulations. It is intended to supplement the safety program of each contractor and subcontractor, and to coordinate an overall safety effort. It is understood that the ultimate responsibility for ensuring a safe and healthful working environment rests with each individual contractor and subcontractor. 

The Starken Technologies safety guidelines, OSHA facilities manual, is part of the contract documents. All contractors, including own employees, subcontractors, suppliers, vendors, and visitors, are required while on Starken Technologies property and in the conduct of contracts, to comply with the provisions of this manual. The provisions of the safety guidelines in this manual shall be strictly enforced. Non-compliance with the provisions of the safety guidelines in this manual shall be treated the same as non-compliance with all contract items. Therefore, any form of non-compliance will result in work stoppage, the dismissal of contractor or subcontractor employees, suppliers, vendors and visitors, and repeated or willful non-compliance will result in contractor dismissal. 

Safety will not be sacrificed for production. Safety will be considered an integral part of quality control, cost reduction, and job efficiency. Every level of management and supervision shall be held accountable for the safety performance of employees, subcontractors, suppliers, vendors, and visitors under their supervision.

CONTRACTOR REQUIREMENTS 

General Information 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is a federal agency that is part of the U.S. Department of Labor. This agency regulates workplace activities of facilities located in the U.S. and its territories. 

All contractors and subcontractors must be approved through the Starken Technologies Contractor Safety Prequalification process. Approval must be granted by the Starken Technologies Corporate Safety Department prior to performing work on Starken Technologies property. 

Reporting Requirements  

Contractors performing work on Starken Technologies property, or client’s property, are required by OSHA to keep records of injuries and illnesses as classified by OSHA’s Recordkeeping Standard.  

All accidents, injuries and illnesses involving contractor or subcontractor employees while working on Starken Technologies property, or client’s property must be reported immediately to a member of Starken Technologies management at the facility where the work is being performed. If Starken Technologies management is not at the facility where the work is being performed, the incident must be reported to your assign Starken Technologies projects team member.

Contractors are required to report, on an incident reporting spreadsheet that must be submitted to the Corporate Safety Department on a monthly basis, all accidents, injuries and illnesses involving own employees and subcontractors. 

LOSS CONTROL RESPONSIBILITIES 

Contractor Safety Representative 

All contractors, of all tiers, shall appoint a competent person (as defined by OSHA) to represent their organization to oversee and actively enforce safety loss control requirements at the jobsite, to include, but limited to the following: 

  • Identify and evaluate workplace hazards, to include procedures for investigating occupational injuries and illnesses.
  • Perform a minimum of one formal safety inspection of the project each week.
  • Ensure that all recommendations noted are corrected immediately, and note who corrected the violation, when the correction took place, and what the individual did to abate the violation.
  • Distribute and post safety information.
  • Monitor the Project Safety Guidelines and subcontractor compliance with these guidelines.
  • Assist in the investigation of all accidents, including those of Subcontractors.
  • Ensure that employees receive training programs on general and specific safety and health practices for the company and on each of their job assignments.
  • Conduct new hire and subcontractor orientation.
  • Ensure that there is a procedure for communicating to employees, in an understandable manner, Starken Technologies safety and health rules and procedures.
  • Ensure compliance with safe and health work practices.
  • Ensure that records on training, inspections, and corrective measures are properly maintained, as required by this guide and other state and federal regulations.
  • Submit a written report of findings and recommendations for each inspection, and copy the Starken Technologies Safety Manager

General Contractor: Project Supervisor 

The Project Supervisor’s duties and responsibilities include the supervision, management and required compliance to the project safety program by all personnel working on the project. Either the Project Supervisor or “Safety Manager” shall: 

  • Create a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for project safety guideline violations. This document services as a blanket guide for all future work.
  • Participate in the development of the Site Specific Project Safety Guidelines, Fire Prevention and Protection Program, Crisis Management Program, and additional safety programs as required.
  • Create a Scope of Work for the project.
  • Conduct a pre-construction meeting with all subcontractors prior to their start of work.
  • Set up the project trailer/office to be compliant with federal, state and local regulations, if needed. Most projects will not require this.
  • Provide the project trailer/office with a first aid kit, fire extinguishers, exit signs, and an evacuation route, if needed. Most projects will not require this.
  • Walk the job on a daily basis, and pay special attention to any hazardous conditions, if needed. Most projects will not require this as this would fall under the Subcontractors daily duties when GC is not on site.
  • Conduct weekly coordination meetings.  Subjects for discussion should cover but not be limited to: 
    • Supervisors’ observations regarding safety
    • Reports of Safety Findings and Actions taken on any recommendations.
    • Accidents which have occurred during the past month and methods of eliminating or protecting against them.
    • Conditions and/or actions that may affect the public and methods for correcting them.
    • Reports of foreman’s Tool Box Safety Meetings.
    • Make reference to hazard communication policy.
    • Identify critical safety work activities.
    • Issue safety information to job staff, foremen and subcontractors once a month concerning safety subjects pertinent to the job.
    • Require that all contractors hold Tool Box Safety and instruct the employees in safe and efficient planning of their work.
    • Solicit comments and suggestions relating to safety.
    • Require all persons employed on the job, General Contractor employees and subcontractors, to wear hard hats and eye protection as a condition of employment.
    • Provide; require (and properly train where necessary) the use of personal protective equipment.
    • Require all subcontractors to provide their employees with the proper safety equipment required by the project safety guidelines, and federal, state and local requirements.

Subcontractor Duties and Responsibilities 

Subcontractor Safety Program:  Within ten (10) days after receipt of notification of contract award, submit to the General Contractor a letter signed by an officer of the company setting forth the following: 

  • When a copy of their safety program that reflects the contractor’s intentions for full and complete compliance with the Project Safety Guidelines will be received.
  • How the contractor will comply with the project drug testing requirements. (Pre-hire or equivalent, post-accident, for cause)
  • Fall protection at 6 feet for all crafts, including steel erection and decking. 
  • Mandatory hard-hat and eye protection requirement regardless of work being performed.
  • Mandatory subcontractor employee safety orientation.
  • Furnish a copy of their disciplinary program to the General Contractor.
  • Subcontractors shall be required to comply immediately with all safety directives verbal or written.
  • Subcontractors are required to participate in project preplanning.
  • Subcontractors are required to participate in an accident review meeting to be held within one week of the accident date. 

DISCIPLINARY POLICY 

Under Starken Technologies’ policy, all employees are required to follow company safety policies and operating procedures.   

The discipline policy of the General Contractor should encourage their employees to comply with the Starken Technologies Safety Guidelines, OSHA and incorporated references.   

Although Starken Technologies reserves the right to discharge “at will,” we believe that employees found performing work in an unsafe manner that would endanger the employee or and other employee shall be subject to discipline or termination by management.  The General Contractor will determine the course of action best suited to the circumstances. 

Subcontractor Disciplinary Policy 

In case of imminent danger, the General Contractor’s Superintendent shall stop the activity, take immediate steps to correct any unsafe situations up to and including dismissal of the employees involved and then advises the subcontractor’s office in writing that such corrections have been made at their expense and insist further negligence does not occur. 

Continued failure to correct unsafe conditions by anyone shall be reported to the subcontractor’s home office.  The subcontractor will be given a set number of hours to make the corrections needed before General Contractor acquires another subcontractor to perform the corrections needed and back charges the offending subcontractor.  

COMMUNICATION OF SAFETY AND HEALTH MATTERS  

The elements of the Starken Technologies Safety Guidelines and all aspects of its safety and health program shall be communicated in a readily understandable manner to all employees.  It is good policy to encourage all employees to report hazards existing at their worksite to their supervisors or the Responsible Person so that corrective action can be taken in a timely manner.   

IDENTIFYING AND EVALUATING WORKPLACE HAZARDS 

The goal of this program is to identify and evaluate unsafe work conditions and practices so that accidents, injuries, and job-related illnesses are minimized, if not completely eliminated.   

ACCIDENT, INJURY, AND ILLNESS INVESTIGATIONS 

  • All employees must report all injuries, no matter how slight. 
  • The Supervisor must review all reports to see that the information is complete and understandable. 
  • In the case of serious accidents, Supervisors should personally investigate and prepare the report.  The investigation will determine at least the following: 
    • Who and what was directly involved in the accident.
    • Where and when the accident occurred.
    • The Cause of the accident, if known.
    • Steps/Procedures to take to prevent reoccurrence, if known. 

SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY 

Purpose  

In order to maintain a safe, healthful and efficient work environment, and to minimize absenteeism and tardiness, Starken Technologies requires that the Subcontractors (hereinafter the “Contractor”) implement a Substance Abuse Policy (hereinafter the “Policy”) meeting the minimum criteria set forth herein. 

Fundamental Prohibition 

Contractor shall at their own expense develop, promulgate and enforce a Policy which prohibits the possession, distribution, promotion, manufacture, sale, use or abuse of illegal and unauthorized drugs, drug paraphernalia, controlled substances and alcoholic beverages (hereinafter “Drugs”) by any category of Contractor employee, agent or any person otherwise under the control of Contractor, including employees and agents of subcontractors and consultants (hereinafter “Employees”), while on Starken Technologies premises, or on client’s property.  Further, employees shall be prohibited from reporting to the Premises under the influence of Drugs and alcohol which affect their working ability or safety, including but not limited to their alertness and coordination. 

The Policy must apply to all categories of Employees, including but not limited to regular, part-time, probationary, casual and contract employees of Company, as well as to employees and agents of subcontractors and consultants and Contractor shall take whatever legally permissible steps are necessary or appropriate to enforce compliance with this Policy. 

Drug Testing Policy 

Starken Technologies requires that the Contractor shall have had a drug screen before working at the site or otherwise require that all Employees undergo a drug screening testing to determine the presence or use of any illegal or unauthorized drugs or substances (“Testing”) as a condition of assignment to the Project or continued assignment to the Project. Records must be made available for inspection and verification. The Contractor will also have to conduct such Testing under the following circumstances: 

Incidents or Safety Violations 

Following an occupational injury requiring treatment by a physician, a potentially serious incident involving rules or safety violations, damage to equipment or property, unusually careless acts or in instances where the incident was due to a failure to wear prescribed protective equipment while working on Starken Technologies property, or client’s property.

Reasonable Suspicion of Illegal Alcohol or Drug Use 

A report may be issued when, where reasonable suspicion exists, an Employee exhibits signs of intoxication, drug influence or other behavior causing a prudent and reasonable person to have concern for the safety or such Employee, other Employees or the general public. 

Discovery of Illegal or Unauthorized Drugs or Drug Paraphernalia 

Drug screen will be conducted where an Employee is found in possession of Drugs or when any Drugs are found in an area controlled or used exclusively by such Employees. Drug Tests will comply with all state statutes. 

Sanctions 

Employees who produce a confirmed positive test will be permanently prohibited from entering the Premises and working on the Project. 

Additional Grounds for Being Barred from the Premises 

In addition to providing for the barring of an Employee form the Premises and the Project for a confirmed positive test, Employees may be barred from Starken Technologies Premises, or client’s property for: 

  1. Refusal to submit to a search or inspection, urine drug or blood test when requested by Contractor.  Contractors can refuse random testing but not for cause testing.
  2. Degrading, diluting, switching, altering or tampering with a Testing sample.
  3. Using, manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, while on the Premises, any illegal or unlawful drug.
  4. Any Employee’s off-duty possession, use sale, manufacture or abuse of any illegal drug, whether or not resulting in criminal charges or conviction.
  5. Where an Employee is found in possession of drugs.
  6. Possession of guns, knives or explosives.
  7. Fighting will not be tolerated. 

SAFETY AND HEALTH GUIDELINES 

These guidelines are not an all-encompassing list of controls required on the project. All applicable state and federal regulations shall be complied and be reviewed.   

Hard Hats 

(ANSI Z89.1 – 1981) All job employees and visitors while on the job site must wear hard hats as a condition of employment or visitation. 

Eye Protection 

ANSI-approved safety glasses with side shields are required at all times while on the site, except when in offices, lunch areas, shacks, etc.  Contractor must meet Safety Guidelines, Federal, State and Local Codes and Regulations.  Additional eye protection (i.e., face shield, goggles) shall be provided where hazards require. Contractor employees who wear prescription glasses may work on site with those glasses and side shields.  When these individuals are performing duties such as drilling, chipping, grinding, sawing, hammering, etc., they shall wear goggles over their glasses. Prescription sunglasses are not acceptable unless they meet the definition of safety glasses. 

Hearing Conservation Policy 

1. Limiting exposure to excessive noise through engineering controls. Where engineering controls are not feasible, supervisors should provide and ensure that employees wear hearing protection.  When hearing protection is necessary, the use of protective equipment is not optional.

2. Employees exposed to noise levels of 85 decibels or more shall be provided with and required to wear hearing protection, such as earmuffs or ear inserts.

3. Warning signs stating “High Noise Area – Hearing Protection Required” will be posted on the periphery of all work areas where employees may be exposed to excessive noise levels 

Foot Protection 

All personnel will wear sturdy work boots with durable sidewalls, toes and soles. Soft shoes or sneakers are never permitted.  Visitors must wear appropriate sturdy shoes or be kept out of the construction area. Employees must wear foot guards when working with soil tampers or where falling objects could be dropped on one’s shoes.  

Body Protection 

All personnel shall wear shirts and long trousers to protect against the elements and work site hazards.  No sleeveless shirts or shorts are permitted. 

Fall Protection Policy 

1. All trades shall be protected from a fall when working over 6 feet near an unprotected opening or edge.  The term leading edge work is not recognized. All General Contractors and Subcontractor employees are required to be protected from a fall with guardrails, covers, lifts or safety net and personal fall arrest systems.  Safety harnesses with the lanyard anchored to appropriate anchorage points, shall be worn when working on swing scaffolds or hydraulic boom lifts and when working above the protection system at floor openings, perimeters and whenever a fall of more than 6 feet could occur.

2. The 6 feet fall policy does not apply when transitioning ladders. Special consideration for fall arrest equipment must be taken when working near the building perimeter or around open shafts.

3. Each Contractor will furnish to the General Contractor prior to the start of work a detailed written description and or drawing of how they and their subcontractor will comply with the 6 feet fall protection requirements for the protection of all of their employees throughout all phases of their work. (The GC will set the standards of Fall Protection; all subs will be required to comply) 

Floor and Roof Openings 

A standard railing or cover per CFR 1926 subpart M must protect floor and roof openings.  When wire rope is used for guardrails, the cables may be 1/2-inch wire rope, but in no situation may they be less than 1/4 inch steel cable; any coatings used on the cables to prevent cuts or lacerations will be over the 1/4-inch diameter.  When wire rope is used for top rails it shall be flagged at no more than six-foot intervals with highly visible materials. At No Time Will Any Guardrail Be Used As A Horizontal Anchorage For Personal Fall Arrest Equipment. 

Scaffold Requirements 

Toe boards shall be placed on all working levels of the scaffold.  Cross bracing does not take the place of a guardrail.  This exceeds OSHA standards.  For more information on scaffolds refer to the OSHA Standards CFR 1926.451. 

Rebar Protection 

Employees must not be permitted to work above vertical protruding reinforcing steel unless it has been protected to eliminate the hazard of impalement. (NO MUSHROOM CAPS) Caps that are approved by OSHA and meet ANSI requirements shall be acceptable when employees are working at any height above exposed rebar; fall protection/prevention is the first line of defense against impalement. Fall protection/prevention is also applicable when the rebar is below grade, e.g., footings or other excavations, where a fall into a trench would present an impalement hazard. When work is at grade, impalement exposure is dependent upon numerous situations and conditions; proximity of rebar to worker, height of rebar, e.g., working around rebar that is 3-6 feet high would not likely pose an impalement hazard. Rebar caps/covers are appropriate to prevent cuts, abrasions or other minor injuries when working at grade and there is no impalement hazard.  

Portable Ladders 

Metal and wooden ladders will not be used on Starken Technologies property.  The only exception to this policy is metal ladders designed and used specifically for attachment to scaffolds.  

Excavation and Related Work and Adjoining Property 

1. Removal of rock or concrete by blasting and pile driving causes vibrations which may be sufficient to damage structures nearby, as may the removal of earth which results in the movement of bracing systems and underpinning, or soil consolidation resulting from lowering of water table, etc.

2. A review of the sub-surface conditions (determined from on-site borings) and the plans of existing buildings (where available) are necessary to evaluate lateral and vertical integrity.  An inspection to evaluate the condition of adjoining/existing structures may be desirable prior to (and possibly after ceasing) operations.

3. Representatives of General Contractor, the appropriate subcontractor, the insurance carrier, and the neighboring property owner(s) noting the deficiencies shall inspect the property. All photographs or videos should be dated and made part of the permanent job records. A consultant can also be hired to completely detail the condition of the structures.  

Powder Actuated Fastening Tools 

Only low velocity powder actuated fastening tools shall be used on Starken Technologies property. The stud, pin, or fastener of these tools shall be caused to have a velocity not to exceed 300 feet per second when measured 6-1/2 feet from the muzzle by accepted ballistic test methods. Never leave the Tool LOADED. 

Signs and Barricades 

1. At locations where potential hazards exist, contractor personnel shall be responsible for posting, installing and maintaining signs, signals and barricades to detour the passage of persons or vehicles.

2. Flagmen must wear a fluorescent safety vest and be trained in proper hand signals

3. Red barricade tape is to be used in situations where entry is prohibited or requires special permission.  Yellow tape with caution warnings is to be used where entry is allowed as long as the cautions are followed.

4. Post The Signs And Barricades Without Delay, And Remove Them When The Hazards No Longer Exist.  Additional posting requirements are found in the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act, Construction Standards. 

Hazard Communication Policy 

The OSHA Hazard Communication Standard requires that all employers with employees exposed to hazardous chemicals at their worksite establish a hazard communication program (HAZCOM). This program must transmit information to the employees about the hazardous chemicals they are, or may be, exposed to at the site.  

Confined Spaces 

It will be the General Contractor’s responsibility to review and monitor the confined space programs and operations of its subcontractors who are required to utilize a confined space program in their work. 

Requirements: 

1. Identify the Confined Space.

2. Coordinate for shut off, lock out and tag out all energy sources and mechanical hazards.

3. Verify ventilation or engineering controls of the confined space.

4. Obtain test results of the atmosphere from the subcontractor.

5. Verify rescue and fall protection requirements are being utilized. 

Approval by the General Contractor is required for a Contractor Employee to enter any permit-required confined space. Upon approval, the Contractor’s Employee(s) shall comply with the requirements of the subcontractors’ program including all medical/respiratory requirements stipulated. 

Subcontractor requirements: 

1. Coordinate with the General Contractor’s project staff all requirements for the confined space operation. 

2. Inform the General Contractor’s Project Site Superintendent of the “competent person” designated for the work.

3. Submit their Confined Space Program to the General Contractor’s Project Site Superintendent for review and approval.

4. Continuous Atmosphere testing.

5. Coordinate for local rescue team’s services and confirm they are trained in confined space entry/rescue.

6. Have on site the fall protection, perimeter protection, signage and personal protective equipment necessary for working in a confined space. 

7. Mechanical and alternate means to evacuate personnel from the confined space.

8. Entrants, attendants, rescuers and entry supervisors must be trained prior to performing any duties relating to permit-required confined space. 

Respiratory Protection Policy 

1. The General Contractor will make all efforts to maintain an injury and illness free workplace, and will make every effort to protect our employees from harmful airborne substances. Respirators are to be worn when working with or exposed to gases, fumes, vapors or dusts above the MSHA-permissible exposure limit (PEL) or when an oxygen-deficient atmosphere exists.

2. Respirator users must be trained in use, selection, maintenance, storage and inspection prior to use.  It is the responsibility of contractor management to train its employees.

3. Respirator users must have a fit test conducted prior to wearing a negative pressure respirator.  It is the responsibility of the contractor to conduct the test.

4. Respirators must be cleaned and stored properly.

5. Do not wear a respirator when anything comes between the face seal and user’s face, such as facial hair; head cover protruding under the seal or temple pieces on glasses. 

6. Respirators must be worn by all Starken Technicians during COVID until the CDC lifts all risks of not wearing masks. The respirator among other uses is meant to prevent the technician from spreading germs and getting sick. This must be worn properly above the nose, around the mouth, and secured firmly against the face. If the technician does not have a CDC approved mask, face covering, or respirator the technician is not allow on site until one can be worn.

Bloodborne Pathogen Prevention Policy 

This program will apply to all Contractors’ employees who could “as a result of performing their job duties to face contact with blood and other potentially infectious body fluids. Each contractor should have a trained employee(s) and certified in first aid and CPR who might be “reasonable anticipated” to come in contact with bodily fluids also must follow the rules and regulations set forth in this program.  

Requirements: 

1. When dealing with blood or other body fluids, Contractors’ employees are required to follow Universal Precautions.  According to the concept of Universal Precautions, all human blood and other human body fluids are treated as if known to be infectious for HIV, Hepatitis B, and other blood borne pathogens.

2. Contractor employees who render first aid must be supplied with rubber gloves rated at 5 microns or less and resuscitation masks, a BBP kit should be part of the first aid kit.

3. All blood spills shall be immediately contained and cleaned with an anti-viral solution, or by a solution of bleach and water.

4. Any material saturated with blood must be considered Regulated Waste.  This means liquid or semi-liquid blood or other potentially infectious materials; contaminated items that would release blood or other potentially infectious materials in a liquid or semi-liquid state if compressed; and items that are caked with dried blood or other potentially infectious materials.  Discarded Band-Aids and gauze containing small amounts of blood products are not considered regulated waste.  Disposal of all regulated waste shall be the responsibility of emergency medical personnel.

5. Each contractor will have at a minimum, one employee certified in first aid and CPR. This employee will have a current certification card. 

FIRE PREVENTION 

1. Storage of any material within 10 feet of fire hydrants is strictly prohibited.

2. No motors or machinery shall be left running during non-working hours except as specifically directed by Starken Technologies.

3. All heating equipment shall have necessary safety devices and shall be wired, piped, and operated according to all applicable codes, rules and regulations.

4. All fuel and solvent containers shall be placed on drip pans.

5. No open burning or fires shall be permitted on site.  Anyone doing so is subject to immediate dismissal.

6. Fire extinguishers shall be a minimum of 20# ABC type and placed and maintained on the job in conspicuous locations according to OSHA requirements.  These fire extinguishers shall not be moved or discharged except for fighting a fire.  Anyone discharging an extinguisher as a prank will be subject to immediate dismissal. 

7. All gas bottles such as propane, oxygen and acetylene shall be properly supported and stored and tied in a vertical position in areas designated by Starken Technologies.  All stored bottles shall be capped.

8. During “HOT WORK”, a fire watch will be required and shall be the responsibility of the contractor performing this work.  A fire watch, knowledgeable of fire protection equipment and procedures, must be present with a fire extinguisher and/or fire hose when “HOT WORK” is being performed.  The fire watch must remain in the area for at least 30 minutes after all “HOT WORK” has been completed.  If the contractor feels they cannot provide a fire watch then the area directly below and adjacent to the welding, cutting or burning must be free of combustible material for twenty feet.  If the area is not free of flammable or combustible material and no fire watch is used, then flame proof tarps or blankets shall be used to prevent a fire. If the welder cannot readily see the area where sparks or slag may fall into or on, then they must use a fire watch.

9. Smoking is prohibited except in designated areas.    

Housekeeping 

A clean job promotes efficiency, reduces accidents to personnel and minimizes fire risk (from cigarettes, etc.)  The following are basic project guidelines: 

  • Remove all scrap lumber and rubbish.
  • Store combustibles such as fuels, paint, flammable materials, lumber, roofing felt and paper away from possible fire-sources.
  • Material storage not permitted within 6’ of a ladder, stairwell, aisle or walkway or within 10’ of outer perimeter edges of upper floors and roofs. 

ELECTRICAL  

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters 

All 120 volts single-phase 15 and 20-ampere receptacle outlets which are not a part of the permanent wiring of the structure and which are in use by employees and subcontractors shall have approved GFCI’s.  Subcontractors shall test and document testing of the GFCI on a monthly basis. The project is 100% GFCI compliant. An assured grounding program may be used in addition to the GFCI Program. 

Extension Cords 

Only round, heavy duty (type S, ST, SO, STD) is acceptable.  Cords also must be maintained in their original designed configuration. Any cord which is damaged or has a grounding pin removed should be positively removed from service. 

Lock Out/Tag Out Procedure 

1. This procedure shall cover the demolition and/or change out of existing active electrical/piping lines under contract.

2. The intent of this procedure is to limit the danger of the unexpected release of stored or residual energy that could cause injury to employees and/or the public.

3. This procedure will establish minimum requirements for the control of such hazardous energy.  Further requirements may be added as deemed necessary to Starken Technologies.

4. Starken Technologies will be responsible for controlling all aspects of the lock out/tag out procedure.  This procedure shall be coordinated with the appropriate trade of the system. 

Lock Out: 

1. If a system can be locked out through design or by other means, this will be the preferred method.

2. The lockout device shall be substantial enough to prevent removal without the use of excessive force. Lock boxes and other multiple lock devices will be used as needed.

3. The lock will be a separately keyed lock for use only with the lockout system.

4. The lock out device will be labeled with the supervisor’s name and company of those exposed to the system being locked out as well as the employee’s names.  There shall be one lock for each employee (including the General Contractor) exposed to the system

Tag Out: 

1. The tag out system will only be used if the energy isolation device (i.e., pull box, valve) cannot be locked out. Prior approval by the General Contractor is required.

2. Tag out devices, including their means of attachment, shall be substantial enough to prevent accidental removal.

3. The tag shall warn against the energizing of the tagged system such as: Do Not Start, Do Not Open, Do Not Close, Do Not Energize, and Do Not Operate.

4. The names of each employee and designated supervisor shall be displayed on the tag.

5. The tag shall not be removed except by the Project Supervisor. The Supervisor is responsible for the UN-tagging of the system after all exposed employees have been informed of the pending removal of the tag.  The designated construction or facility Representative shall activate the system.

Training and Documentation: 

1. Each General Contractor’s employee and subcontractor employee affected by the lockout/tag out system shall be trained in this procedure.

2. Each employee affected shall be trained in the identification of the lockout/tag out devices. 

In the event a lock is left on the lock out device and all affected subcontractors have verified, with the General Contractor, the removal of this lock, the facility representative and General Contractor’s safety representative shall be contacted.  These representatives shall remove the abandoned lock with authorization. 

In the event someone is found tampering with a lock out/tag out device, disciplinary action will be taken. 

General Safety Rules 

  • Horseplay of any kind is absolutely forbidden on the project site. 
  • When discarding boards, always remove protruding nails or bend them down.
  • Protective blinds must be used around welders to prevent other employees from receiving arc burns.
  • The use, possession, sale, transfer or purchase of alcohol, illegal drugs or controlled substances on the project is prohibited. Firearms and other weapons are forbidden on the jobsite.

HAZARD RECOGNITION AND SAFETY RULES FOR NON-STARKEN TECHNOLOGIES PERSONNEL 

  • If you are an outside Contractor performing work on our property, or client’s property, you will abide by all Starken Technologies safety rules, including the lockout tagout procedures, all parts and sections of 29 CFR 1926 and all other applicable Safety and Health Laws.
  • Hard hats, safety glasses and safety shoes shall be worn by all personnel when entering the plant for any reason.
  • Hearing protection shall be worn in areas designated by posted signs.
  • All posted traffic rules and regulations are to be followed at all times. 
  • There will be no parking of any vehicles in the work area of any heavy equipment or mobile equipment. Starken Technologies mobile equipment has the right of way at all times.
  • When entering a building other than the office buildings, you will remain alert, checking for any overhead loads, swinging loads, or moving equipment that may be operating within any particular building.
  • When entering the plant to visit a particular area, go directly to the area where your business is located, and do not venture into any other areas without permission.
  • You shall not work on scaffolding or high work places without proper guardrails, toe boards, or other proper fall protection except where precautions such as safety lifeline harness or lanyard are used.
  • All NO SMOKING signs must be strictly obeyed.
  • Be particularly observant for moving rail cars when crossing railroads.
  • No Starken Technologies equipment will be used without permission from the Starken Technologies supervisor in charge. All Starken Technologies equipment will be operated by Starken Technologies personnel.
  • Hazard Communication Standard – When working with any chemicals or materials, follow all of the instructions found on warning signs and labels.
  • Report any injury, however minor, immediately to your supervisor and keep your supervisor informed as to your condition and medical treatment if medical treatment was required. DELAYED REPORTING OF ANY INJURY IS INEXCUSABLE.
  • Report hazardous working conditions, defective tools or equipment, or unsafe acts promptly to your supervisor. Never leave an unsafe condition unmarked or unguarded, even temporarily.
  • Keep work area clean – free of grease, spare parts, stumbling hazards, tools, rags, etc.
  • In all posted areas, wear hard hats, safety glasses, and hard-toed shoes at all times. Approved respirators and ear protection shall be worn in all areas that are posted and such other areas as designated by the supervisor.
  • Do not wear loose clothing, torn sheaves, key chains, finger rings, earrings, bracelets, etc. that may get caught in machinery. Hair worn touching the shoulder or longer must be tied back and secured.
  • Gloves will be worn when handling wire rope cables or any other material or piece of equipment whereby injury may occur.
  • Use fire extinguishers properly. Check the extinguishers in your area daily and report immediately to your supervisor any extinguisher that is not properly charged or is damaged.  
  • Open flame heating units are strictly prohibited.
  • Always use equipment in a careful manner. Negligent operation of equipment cannot be tolerated.
  • Inspect ladders before using. Be sure ladder is properly positioned and secure at top and bottom. While traveling up or down ladders, keep three points of contact with the ladder (two handles and one foot).
  • No person will place hands on a cable passing through a sheave or being wound around a drum within 10 feet of the sheave or drum.
  • When lifting, use legs instead of back. Keep back straight, bend knees. If load is too heavy, get help.
  • Do not run on the job. Watch your step and keep firm footing and proper balance at all times.