Construction Safety

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is committed to complying with all applicable laws and regulations concerning construction activities on campus. The purpose of the Caltech Construction Safety Guide is to reduce incidents that may cause personal injury, property damage, and/or liability losses due to construction work of Caltech-owned buildings and facilities.

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RESPONSIBILITIES

GENERAL CONTRACTORS AND SUB-CONTRACTORS

Note: This extends to Contractor employees and Sub-Contractor employees.

PROJECT MANAGERS

  • Prior to the commencement of work, ensure that Contractors have a site-specific Safety Plan/Code of Safe Practices, an IIPP, and employee training records.
  • Set-up a pre-construction meeting between the General Contractor and EHS with him/her present.

ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, AND SAFETY (EH&S)

  • Meet with the Contractor prior to each job start for a pre-construction meeting.
  • Provide Caltech site-specific safety policies and jobsite requirements. See Appendix B.
  • Ensure Contractor's Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP), Code of Safe Practices, and employee training records are present on-site and available for review.
  • Provide the Caltech Project Manager technical assistance and subject matter expertise as needed.
  • Perform periodic job site audits to observe compliance with Cal/OSHA, Cal/EPA, and local Fire Safety regulations.
  • Serve as safety liaison between Contractor and the Campus Community.

HAZARDOUS WASTE MANIFESTS

A Caltech EHS representative trained in DOT regulations and Hazardous Waste Manifests must review and sign any Hazardous Waste Manifests prior to the removal of any hazardous waste from the job site.

EMERGENCIES AND INJURIES

Emergencies and/or injuries requiring medical attention that occur on a construction site must be promptly reported to Campus Security at Caltech extension 5000 or by calling (626) 395-5000.

APPENDIX A: CONTRACTORS RESPONSIBILITY FOR SAFE PERFORMANCE

APPENDIX B: JOBSITE REQUIREMENTS CHECKLIST