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Environment, Health, and Safety — Construction Subcontractors Documents

The purpose of this page is to ensure NREL Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) requirements are understood by construction subcontractors and incorporated into their planning, procurement, and execution of construction work activities at NREL. It is important that all construction subcontractors and their lower-tier subcontractors familiarize themselves with these requirements before submitting proposals and/or environment, health and safety plans for the work to be performed on Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) sites.

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Construction Environment, Health & Safety (CEHS) Manual has been developed to identify the minimum requirements for construction subcontractors and their lower-tier subcontractors (hereafter referred to as "Subcontractor") which require personnel to perform construction activities at NREL.

It is DOE policy that all construction subcontractors shall provide a safe and healthful workplace for their personnel. In part, these conditions will be ensured by implementing the worker safety and health program established in 10 CFR Part 851Worker Safety and Health Program. Each subcontractor is responsible for ensuring compliance with "all applicable requirements" that govern their work at NREL facilities, including any consensus standards incorporated therein by reference.

Construction Fall Hazard Analysis Form ensures effective fall protection system(s) are in place anytime workers are exposed to falls at heights of six feet or more. Subcontractors shall develop and submit a fall protection plan as part of the site specific Construction EH&S Plan.

AGC Silica Control Measures Guide – Table 1 A written Silica Exposure Control Plan is required for all subcontractors who may potentially expose workers to silica. OSHA prescribes the content of the written Silica Exposure Control Plan in paragraph (G) of the standard.

NREL adheres to DOE health and safety requirements (10 CFR 851) which include following OSHA standards and ACGIH TLV's. Employers may refer to Table 1 in the OSHA Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction (29 CFR 1926.1153) which provides information on engineering controls and respiratory protection for typical tasks.  However, exposure assessments must also be conducted to demonstrate compliance with the ACGIH TLV and OSHA Action Level, which is 25 ug/m3. 

Temporary Traffic Control Manual identifies the traffic control planning requirements for roadway construction, utility work, and maintenance operations. This manual serves as a site supplement to the MUTCD for work performed on NREL-owned property, including South Table Mountain and the National Wind Technology Center.

The Construction Environment, Health & Safety Plan (CEHSP). Each construction project (subcontract) requires its own CEHSP; therefore, each CEHSP must be tailored specifically to the project being conducted. This template is provided in electronic format to enable copy-and-paste functions for those subcontractors whose basic data remains unchanged, yet tailor the hazard and controls information to the particular activities/materials/location of the project at-hand. NREL recommends using a graded approach in the development of CEHSP's. This approach determines the level of rigor for implementing the work planning and control attributes based on the importance/significance of the activity in relation to the associated hazards and consequences. The level of detail within each CEHSP and corresponding AHA(s) should be commensurate with the size, complexity and risk level of the construction project. NREL's Construction Environmental Health and Safety Manual ("CEHS Manual") is the governing document that accompanies the CEHSP, and must be utilized when completing this CEHSP to ensure that NREL-specific requirements are being met and incorporated into the project planning process (see above). Instructions for filling out the CEHSP are provided along with the template.

Construction Plan of the Day and Daily EHS Activity Briefing Instructions and Forms. Daily EHS Activity Briefings and Plan of the Day (POD) Meetings are an effective way to communicate to the workforce the importance of safety and the hazard controls associated with the work. These forms are designed to provide structure and facilitate your documentation of both.

The Construction Subcontractor EH&S Risk Evaluation Worksheet Instructions. All NREL construction subcontractors and all their lower-tier subcontractors are required to meet acceptable EH&S criteria prior to being awarded a subcontract to perform construction work at NREL sites. The NREL Contracts and Business Services (C&BS) Office includes the Environment, Health, and Safety Subcontract Risk Evaluation Worksheet as part of construction solicitations via this website and confirms and verifies that all potential subcontractors and lower-tier subcontractors have properly completed the worksheet.

If you have any questions about these documents, please contact or your appointed project EH&S point of contact in the NREL EH&S Office.