#119 Hazardous Materials/ Waste Disposal

California Code of Regulations, Title 8, General Industry Safety Orders, §5194 require the following explanation of the methods used to identify, analyze, plan, and control new and existing hazardous materials and conditions.

Cal/OSHA standards include an employee’s “Right-to-Know” about hazardous conditions and/or materials that they may be exposed to during the course of their employment and how to safely protect themselves. A formal assessment survey and evaluation should be conducted prior to construction and regularly throughout the building program.

Hazardous conditions must be identified and documented, hazardous materials inventoried and properly communicated by use of “accessible” Material Safety Data Sheets (“MSDS”). All hazardous materials should be carefully labeled. All combustible materials must be properly stored and labeled and portable fire extinguishers should be regularly inspected.

If a hazard is found (or develops) that cannot be immediately abated, secure the jobsite by appropriately placed signs and tape off the area in order to prevent possible exposure and/or injury.

Employee health and safety training programs on Hazardous Materials should be conducted at the outset of the project and during the project as necessary. Site security, warning notices and perimeter fencing should be used to limit site access.

Subcontractors should manage and dispose of hazardous materials properly. Only licensed, reputable hazardous waste transporters and disposal companies should be used to dispose of hazardous materials and hazardous waste manifest record should be kept.