Basic Safety Program Guidelines (145KB) - the St. Louis Council of ...

Basic Safety Program Guidelines (145KB) - the St. Louis Council of ...







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February 16, 2012


• Guideline is a regional approach to safety

• Possible because dialogue exists among Owners (SLCCC),

contractor management, and labor

• Region’s s contractors and labor have generally accepted

Owner’s s demands for stronger and improved safety

• Initiated at contractors and labors request (“pet(

peeves”) ) for

Owner’s s to have consistent safety requirements

• SLCCC’s Safety & Substance Abuse Committee set goal in

2009 to lead Guideline development effort

• Goal’s s success required industry collaboration

Committee Membership

Safety & Substance Abuse Committee

‣ SLCCC Owners (Monsanto, Ameren, Wash U., Boeing, Nooter)

‣ Contractors/Contractor Management

‣ Labor

• Contractors/Contractor Management

‣ Vic Sunshine and Bill Kroeger (Associated General Contractors)

‣ Bruce Calvert (BSI), Andy Kovarik (Tarlton(

Tarlton), Tom Heeger (Acme)

‣ Gary Elliott, Dave Zimmermann, Tom Heeger (PRIDE)

• Labor Business Managers

‣ Gary Elliott (Eastern Missouri Laborers District Council)

‣ Dave Zimmermann (Sheet Metal Workers Local #36)

Safety Summit

• Expanded and broadened participation-150 attendees

• Summit participants:

‣ Reviewed and provided comments

‣ Served as independent review panel

Sponsoring and Participating Organizations

Pride AGC of St. Louis Carpenters District Council

Building & Construction Trades


Mechanical Contractors



SITE Improvement Assoc.

Sheet Metal Workers Local #


Plumbing Industry Council

Council of Construction


Laborers District Council

Plumbers & Pipe Fitters Local


Glazier Local 513

Timeline and Milestones

• Concept: June 2009

‣ SLCCC’s 1993 Safety Document as basis

• Kickoff: January 2010

• Draft Completed: August 2010

Safety Summit: September 2010

• Final Draft: June 2011

‣ Reviewed 100% of Safety Summit comments

• Substance Abuse Guideline: October 2011

• SLCCC Board Approval: December 2011


• Comprehensive document that defines:

‣ Fundamental items for an effective safety program

Basic safety standards

‣ Minimum safety requirements

• Establishes safety responsibilities between parties

‣ Owner Contractor

‣ Contractor Subcontractor

‣ Contractor/Subcontractors Labor

• Applies to contractors (prime, GC, CM) and


• No surprises if familiar with OSHA construction

standards or receive routine safety training


Safety is project life cycle process

‣ Pre-project qualifications

‣ Bid phase instructions

‣ Construction execution

‣ Post-project evaluation

• Guideline contents

‣ Section I-PreI


‣ Section II-Owner

Owner’s s Responsibility

‣ Section III-Contractor

Contractor’s s Responsibility

‣ Appendices (includes Substance Abuse Guidelines)

Section I-Contractor



• Owners should have a Safety Prequalification program as part

of a contractor selection process

• Section I - organized in summary level format

• Lists safety information contractors must provide the Owner

Safety data for 4 recordkeeping sources:

A. Experience Modification Rate (EMR)

B. OSHA Recordable Rate

C. OSHA Lost And Restricted Workday Injury Rate

D. OSHA’s s Form 300A

‣ Includes 15 common elements of a comprehensive safety program

Section I-Contractor



E. Company (Contractor)

Safety Program

F. Safety Policy Enforcement


Safety Elements (Section I of Guidelines)

J. Emergency Procedures O. Hazard Communication


K. Safety Meetings P. Personal Protective


G. Site Safety Leadership L. Records Q. Formal Job Planning

H. Substance Abuse M. Incident Investigation


I. First Aid And Medical


R. Emergency Plan

N. Inspections S. Process Safety Management

Standard (PSM)

• Only contractors (and subcontractors) that satisfactorily meet

an Owner’s s Prequalification requirement should be placed on

a project bid list

Section II-Owner



• Owner’s s obligation to effectively and completely

communicate safety requirements and expectations

‣ Owner’s s must be clear at the onset of a project

‣ Helps contractors properly price safety into their bid

• Section II-defines in detail these Owner responsibilities:

A. Safety Specification Communication

B. Pre-Bid Meeting Communication

C. Safety Orientation

D. Safety Performance Tracking

E. Work Permits

F. Process Safety Management

G. Final Safety Evaluation

Section II-Owner



A. Safety Specification


B. Pre-Bid Meeting


Owner’s Safety Requirements

Detailed listing of owner’s safety policies, procedures, training,

inspections, etc.

Formal mandatory meeting for owner to further clarify projectspecific

safety, scope , schedule and conduct site walkthrough

C. Safety Orientations Pre-construction meeting and orientation with key contractor


D. Safety Performance Tracking Owner’s expectations and planned involvement in safety progress

reviews and inspections

E. Work Permits Owner specific work permits

F. Process Safety Management Specific to work in processes areas that are considered highly


G. Final Safety Evaluation Owner’s post-project performance evaluation

• Owner’s s expectations - safety is over an entire project

duration - scope definition to construction completion

Section III-Contractor



• Follows the information requirements outlined in Section I

Safety data (A. D.)

Safety elements (E. S.)

Safety information described in detail

‣ Reasons and rationale provided for a requirement

‣ Description of what “should” or “should be” included in procedures,

records, reports, inspections, etc.

‣ Responsibilities assigned

• Contractor’s s obligation to demonstrate that its safety policies,

procedures and programs will satisfy Owner’s s requirements

‣ Contractor must manage subcontractors and labor to the requirements

Section III-Contractor



• Examples of details:

Safety Representative…the the safety representative should be dedicated

specifically to safety and should be on site when the job is in progress

‣ Inspections…job safety inspections or audits are visible signs to

employees that safety is working

Safety Meetings…Tool box safety talks are considered an excellent

forum for the continuation of safety training on the site. Tool box

talks should conform to the following basic guidelines…

Safety Policy Enforcement Procedure…There must be a procedure

for enforcing safety policy. This policy should be written…

• Contractors can use Section III as a resource to develop a

safety program

Substance Abuse

• Same objective (“pet(

peeve”) ) as safety; for Owners to have

consistent substance abuse requirements

• Basis - previous SLCCC substance abuse standard

• Revised as a Model Substance Abuse Testing Guideline

• Guideline established:

‣ Substances: DOT as baseline plus 5 other substances common to

current labor and union polices

‣ Testing Requirements: pre-employment, employment, random, for cause, etc.

‣ Testing Methods: per HHS SAMHSA

‣ Compliance: Owner’s s rights and Contractor’s s obligations

• Guideline fundamentally consistent with Owner’s s programs

Guidelines As A

Model Program

• Important to note - this is a Guideline

• Outlines and defines fundamental items for an effective safety

program, basic safety standards and safety requirements

• Emphasizes safety as a project life process

• Establishes roles, responsibilities and obligations of the

Owner and contractor (and subcontractors)

• Resource for Owners or contractors needing to develop a

safety program

• For Owners or contractors with strong programs, Guideline

can supplement those programs

Guidelines Limitations

• Guideline contains safety items commonly required by

Owners; but does not include every standard or requirement

Guidelines do not cover specific safety details

‣ e.g. Guideline lists and explains permit requirements for high risk r

work activities such as excavation ; however Guideline does not

cover the specific details of an excavation permit.

• Like contractor and labor safety programs; there will be

variation in the details of Owner’s s safety programs

• Guideline is not intended to take precedence over OSHA


True Collaborative Effort

• Example of what can be accomplished in a collaborative


• Transparency - Owners, contractors and labor able to discuss

the importance of each safety item in the Guidelines

• Guideline based on balanced view points and sharing best

practices (from Committee and Safety Summit participants)

• Clarity of roles, responsibilities and obligations

• Addressed management and labors request of local Owners to

establish consistency in Safety and Substance Abuse


Concluding Remarks

• Goal: Owners and contractors that value and invest in safety

programs such as the Guidelines should see a return in safe

project outcomes with the goal of achieving zero incidents

• Adopt Guidelines

‣ Local Owners and Contractors asked to adopt the Guidelines as part

of their safety programs

• Share Guidelines

‣ Encourage sharing the Guidelines with Owners and Contractors that

are striving to develop a safety program

Guidelines available from the SLCCC

‣ Website download available to Owner and Associate Members

‣ Printed copy: $25

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