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Contractor & Construction Safety

Santa Clara University recognizes that many hazards are inherent in construction and other contractor work. In an effort to reduce these risks SCU has developed the comprehensive contractor safety programs below. If you have any further questions about Construction Safety at Santa Clara University, please contact ehs@scu.edu.

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    Asbestos & Lead Program

    The principal objective of the Asbestos and Lead Management Programs are to provide environmental assistance to SCU University (i.e. Campus Service, Department Heads, etc.) during demolition, renovation and maintenance activities that may cause potential exposure issues of environmental hazards and to help prevent potential exposure to all building occupants during normal activities.  The Asbestos and Lead Management Program also strives to keep the University in compliance with applicable hazardous material regulations.

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    Crane Lifts

    Before making a crane lift, a crane lift plan prepared by a qualified person such as the crane operator supervisor, or rigger is required. The lift plan shall be documented in writing and made available to all personnel involved in the crane lift. A copy of the crane lift shall be submitted to SCU EHS for review.

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    Fire System

    Any operation that would activate the fire alarm system shall be coordinated with the SCU Fire Protection Technician. Such operations include, but are not limited to:
    • Sanding or other work around smoke detectors.
    • Steam cleaning or spray painting that could potentially set off detectors.
    • Use of open flames (e.g. hot work) near any heat or smoke-sensing device.
    System Impairment
    Impairment of a fire alarm and/or suppression system may only be authorized by SCU EHS. Please refer to the SCU Fire Alarm and Suppression System Impairment Procedure
     
    For additional information please contact the SCU Fire Protection Technician Henry Gucho.
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    Work Zone Safety

    Santa Clara University is proceeding with construction activities on a routine basis. These activities create numerous work zones and the need to ensure:
    • Safety for faulty, staff and visitors who share space adjacent to the work zones.
    • Safety for all workers on foot around traffic vehicles. 
    • Safe operation of construction vehicles in these work zones.