2.0100.1 Global Worker Safety

Topic: 
Safe Work Practices
Subtopic: 
Safe Work Practices
Desired Outcome: 
Work completed safely without injury or hazardous exposure
Note: 
The authority having jurisdiction may require that a licensed professional perform certain tasks outlined in this detail.
TitleSpecification(s)Objective(s)
2.0100.1a
Prevention through design

Design will be incorporated to eliminate or minimize hazards (e.g., material selection, access to equipment for installation and maintenance, placement of equipment, ductwork and condensate lines)

Prevent worker injuries

Reduce risk exposure to toxic substances and physical hazards

2.0100.1b

Hand protection

Durable and wrist-protecting gloves will be worn that can withstand work activity

Minimize skin contact with contaminants

Protect hands from hazards

2.0100.1c
Respiratory protection

If the risk of airborne contaminants cannot be prevented, proper respiratory protection will be provided and worn (e.g., N-95 or equivalent face mask)

When applying low pressure 2-component spray polyurethane foam, air purifying masks with an organic vapor cartridge and P-100 particulate filter will be used

When applying high-pressure SPF SPF Spray polyurethane foam insulation, supplied air respirators (SARs) will be used

Consult SDS SDS Safety Data Sheet for respiratory protection requirements

OSHA OSHA U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, www.osha.gov 1910.134 shall be followed for the implementation of a respiratory protection program

Minimize exposure to airborne contaminants (e.g., insulation materials, mold spores, feces, bacteria, chemicals)

2.0100.1d
Electrical safety

An electrical safety assessment will be performed

All electric tools will be protected by ground-fault circuit interrupters ( GFCI GFCI Ground-fault circuit interrupter )

Three-wire type extension cords will be used with portable electric tools

Worn or frayed electrical cords will not be used

Water sources (e.g., condensate pans) and electrical sources will be kept separate

Metal ladders will be avoided

Special precautions will be taken if knob and tube wiring is present

Aluminum foil products will be kept away from live wires

For arc flash hazards, NFPA NFPA National Fire Protection Association, www.nfpa.org 70E will be consulted

Avoid electrical shock and arc flash hazards

2.0100.1e
Carbon monoxide ( CO CO Carbon monoxide )

All homes will have a carbon monoxide alarm

Ambient CO CO Carbon monoxide will be monitored during combustion testing and testing will be discontinued if ambient CO CO Carbon monoxide level inside the home or work space exceeds 35 parts per million (ppm)

Protect worker and occupant health

2.0100.1f
Personal Protective Equipment

SDS SDS Safety Data Sheet and OSHA OSHA U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, www.osha.gov regulations will be consulted for equipment and protective clothing would be worn if contaminants are present(e.g., insulation materials)

Eye protection will always be worn (e.g., safety glasses, goggles if not using full-face respirator)

Protect worker from skin contact with contaminants

Minimize spread of contaminants

Provide eye protection

2.0100.1g
Confined space safety

Spaces with limited ingress and egress and restricted work area will be considered confined space

Access and egress points will be located before beginning work

Inspection will be conducted for hazards, such as damaged or exposed electrical conductors, mold, sewage effluent, friable asbestos or fiberglass, pests, and other potential hazards

Adequate ventilation will be provided

Use of toxic material will be reduced

Prevent build-up of toxic or flammable contaminants

Reduce risk to the workers in the confined space

Provide adequate access and egress points

Prevent electrical shock

2.0100.1h
Power tool safety

Power tools will be inspected and used in accordance with manufacturer specifications and OSHA OSHA U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, www.osha.gov regulations to eliminate hazards such as those associated with missing ground prongs, ungrounded circuits, misuse of power tools, noise, and improper or defective cords or extension cords.All tools must be maintained in proper operating condition with all guards securely in place

All devices used will be verified as GFCI GFCI Ground-fault circuit interrupter protected or double insulated

Exhaust gases from compressors and generators will be prevented from entering interior space

Prevent power tool injuries

Prevent buildup of toxic or flammable contaminants

2.0100.1i
Chemical safety

Hazardous materials will be handled in accordance with manufacturer specifications, SDS SDS Safety Data Sheet and OSHA OSHA U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, www.osha.gov standards to eliminate hazards associated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), sealants, insulation, contaminated drywall, dust, foams, asbestos, lead, mercury, and fibers

Appropriate personal protective equipment ( PPE PPE Personal protective equipment ) will be provided

Workers will be trained on how to use PPE PPE Personal protective equipment

Workers will be expected to always use appropriate PPE PPE Personal protective equipment during work

Prevent worker exposure to toxic substances

2.0100.1j
Ergonomic safety

Appropriate PPE PPE Personal protective equipment will be used (e.g., knee pads, bump caps, additional padding)

Proper equipment will be used for work

Proper lifting techniques will be used

Prevent injuries from awkward postures, repetitive motions, and improper lifting

2.0100.1k
Hand tool safety

Hand tools will be maintained in safe working order and used for intended purpose

Prevent injuries

2.0100.1l
Slips, trips, and falls

Caution will be used around power cords, hoses, tarps, and plastic sheeting

Precautions will be taken when ladders are used, when working at heights, or when balancing on joists

Walk boards will be used when practical

When scaffolding is used, manufacturer set-up procedures will be followed

Appropriate footwear and clothing will be worn

Prevent injuries due to slips, trips, and falls

2.0100.1m
Thermal stress

Ensure staff is aware of risks during extreme weather including the symptoms of heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and hypothermia

Appropriate ventilation, hydration, rest breaks, and cooling equipment will be provided

911 will be dialed when necessary

Prevent heat stroke, heat stress, and cold stress related injuries

2.0100.1n
Fire safety

Ignition sources will be identified and eliminated (e.g., turn off pilot lights and fuel supply)

Use of flammable material will be reduced and fire-rated materials will be used

Prevent a fire hazard

2.0100.1o
Asbestos-containing materials ( ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material )

Assess potential asbestos hazard; if unsure whether material contains asbestos, contact a qualified asbestos professional to assess the material and to sample and test as needed

If suspected ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material is in good condition, do not disturb

If suspected ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material is damaged (e.g., unraveling, frayed, breaking apart), immediately isolate the area(s)

For suspected ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material that is damaged or that must be disturbed as part of the retrofit activity, contact an asbestos professional for abatement or repair in accordance with federal, state, and local requirements; only a licensed or trained professional may abate, repair, or remove ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material

When working around ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material , do not:

  • Dust, sweep, or vacuum ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material debris
  • Saw, sand, scrape, or drill holes in the material
  • Use abrasive pads or brushes to strip materials

Asbestos abatement or repair work should be completed prior to blower door testing; exercise appropriate caution when conducting blower door testing where friable asbestos or vermiculite attic insulation is present to avoid drawing asbestos fibers into the living space (i.e., use positively pressurized blower door testing) unless the material has been tested and found not to contain asbestos

Protect workers and occupants from potential asbestos hazards

2.0100.1p
Lead paint assessment

Presence of lead based paint in pre-1978 homes will be assumed unless testing confirms otherwise

The Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov ) Renovation, Repair, and Painting ( RRP RRP Renovation, repair, and painting ) Program Rule (40 CFR Part 745) in pre-1978 homes and proposed changes to this rule (Federal Register/Vol. 75, No. 87/May 6, 2010) will be complied with, to be superseded by any subsequent final rulemaking or any more stringent state or federal standards

Protect workers and occupants from potential lead hazards

2.0100.1q
Site security

Work site will be secured to prevent unauthorized entry

Temporarily disconnected eqipment will be locked up and tagged out

All loose or unbagged trash and unused materials will be removed from work site daily

Protect the occupant from exposure to potential hazards

2.0100.1r
Crawl space safety

The source of all contaminants (e.g., sewage,dead animals,needles) will be corrected,repaired,or removed before performing inspections that require complete access to the crawl space

If appropriate, the contaminant will be neutralized and/or a protective barrier will be installed in the area

Ensure work safety

Prevent worker exposure to hazards

TitleSpecification(s)Objective(s)
2.0100.1a
Prevention through design

Design will be incorporated to eliminate or minimize hazards (e.g., material selection, access to equipment for installation and maintenance, placement of equipment, ductwork and condensate lines)

Prevent worker injuries

Reduce risk exposure to toxic substances and physical hazards

2.0100.1b

Hand protection

Durable and wrist-protecting gloves will be worn that can withstand work activity

Minimize skin contact with contaminants

Protect hands from hazards

2.0100.1c
Respiratory protection

If the risk of airborne contaminants cannot be prevented, proper respiratory protection will be provided and worn (e.g., N-95 or equivalent face mask)

When applying low pressure 2-component spray polyurethane foam, air purifying masks with an organic vapor cartridge and P-100 particulate filter will be used

When applying high-pressure SPF SPF Spray polyurethane foam insulation, supplied air respirators (SARs) will be used

Consult SDS SDS Safety Data Sheet for respiratory protection requirements

OSHA OSHA U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, www.osha.gov 1910.134 shall be followed for the implementation of a respiratory protection program

Minimize exposure to airborne contaminants (e.g., insulation materials, mold spores, feces, bacteria, chemicals)

2.0100.1d
Electrical safety

An electrical safety assessment will be performed

All electric tools will be protected by ground-fault circuit interrupters ( GFCI GFCI Ground-fault circuit interrupter )

Three-wire type extension cords will be used with portable electric tools

Worn or frayed electrical cords will not be used

Water sources (e.g., condensate pans) and electrical sources will be kept separate

Metal ladders will be avoided

Special precautions will be taken if knob and tube wiring is present

Aluminum foil products will be kept away from live wires

For arc flash hazards, NFPA NFPA National Fire Protection Association, www.nfpa.org 70E will be consulted

Avoid electrical shock and arc flash hazards

2.0100.1e
Carbon monoxide ( CO CO Carbon monoxide )

All homes will have a carbon monoxide alarm

Ambient CO CO Carbon monoxide will be monitored during combustion testing and testing will be discontinued if ambient CO CO Carbon monoxide level inside the home or work space exceeds 35 parts per million (ppm)

Protect worker and occupant health

2.0100.1f
Personal Protective Equipment

SDS SDS Safety Data Sheet and OSHA OSHA U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, www.osha.gov regulations will be consulted for equipment and protective clothing would be worn if contaminants are present(e.g., insulation materials)

Eye protection will always be worn (e.g., safety glasses, goggles if not using full-face respirator)

Protect worker from skin contact with contaminants

Minimize spread of contaminants

Provide eye protection

2.0100.1g
Confined space safety

Spaces with limited ingress and egress and restricted work area will be considered confined space

Access and egress points will be located before beginning work

Inspection will be conducted for hazards, such as damaged or exposed electrical conductors, mold, sewage effluent, friable asbestos or fiberglass, pests, and other potential hazards

Adequate ventilation will be provided

Use of toxic material will be reduced

Prevent build-up of toxic or flammable contaminants

Reduce risk to the workers in the confined space

Provide adequate access and egress points

Prevent electrical shock

2.0100.1h
Power tool safety

Power tools will be inspected and used in accordance with manufacturer specifications and OSHA OSHA U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, www.osha.gov regulations to eliminate hazards such as those associated with missing ground prongs, ungrounded circuits, misuse of power tools, noise, and improper or defective cords or extension cords.All tools must be maintained in proper operating condition with all guards securely in place

All devices used will be verified as GFCI GFCI Ground-fault circuit interrupter protected or double insulated

Exhaust gases from compressors and generators will be prevented from entering interior space

Prevent power tool injuries

Prevent buildup of toxic or flammable contaminants

2.0100.1i
Chemical safety

Hazardous materials will be handled in accordance with manufacturer specifications, SDS SDS Safety Data Sheet and OSHA OSHA U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, www.osha.gov standards to eliminate hazards associated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), sealants, insulation, contaminated drywall, dust, foams, asbestos, lead, mercury, and fibers

Appropriate personal protective equipment ( PPE PPE Personal protective equipment ) will be provided

Workers will be trained on how to use PPE PPE Personal protective equipment

Workers will be expected to always use appropriate PPE PPE Personal protective equipment during work

Prevent worker exposure to toxic substances

2.0100.1j
Ergonomic safety

Appropriate PPE PPE Personal protective equipment will be used (e.g., knee pads, bump caps, additional padding)

Proper equipment will be used for work

Proper lifting techniques will be used

Prevent injuries from awkward postures, repetitive motions, and improper lifting

2.0100.1k
Hand tool safety

Hand tools will be maintained in safe working order and used for intended purpose

Prevent injuries

2.0100.1l
Slips, trips, and falls

Caution will be used around power cords, hoses, tarps, and plastic sheeting

Precautions will be taken when ladders are used, when working at heights, or when balancing on joists

Walk boards will be used when practical

When scaffolding is used, manufacturer set-up procedures will be followed

Appropriate footwear and clothing will be worn

Prevent injuries due to slips, trips, and falls

2.0100.1m
Thermal stress

Ensure staff is aware of risks during extreme weather including the symptoms of heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and hypothermia

Appropriate ventilation, hydration, rest breaks, and cooling equipment will be provided

911 will be dialed when necessary

Prevent heat stroke, heat stress, and cold stress related injuries

2.0100.1n
Fire safety

Ignition sources will be identified and eliminated (e.g., turn off pilot lights and fuel supply)

Use of flammable material will be reduced and fire-rated materials will be used

Prevent a fire hazard

2.0100.1o
Asbestos-containing materials ( ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material )

Assess potential asbestos hazard; if unsure whether material contains asbestos, contact a qualified asbestos professional to assess the material and to sample and test as needed

If suspected ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material is in good condition, do not disturb

If suspected ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material is damaged (e.g., unraveling, frayed, breaking apart), immediately isolate the area(s)

For suspected ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material that is damaged or that must be disturbed as part of the retrofit activity, contact an asbestos professional for abatement or repair in accordance with federal, state, and local requirements; only a licensed or trained professional may abate, repair, or remove ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material

When working around ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material , do not:

  • Dust, sweep, or vacuum ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material debris
  • Saw, sand, scrape, or drill holes in the material
  • Use abrasive pads or brushes to strip materials

Asbestos abatement or repair work should be completed prior to blower door testing; exercise appropriate caution when conducting blower door testing where friable asbestos or vermiculite attic insulation is present to avoid drawing asbestos fibers into the living space (i.e., use positively pressurized blower door testing) unless the material has been tested and found not to contain asbestos

Protect workers and occupants from potential asbestos hazards

2.0100.1p
Lead paint assessment

Presence of lead based paint in pre-1978 homes will be assumed unless testing confirms otherwise

The Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov ) Renovation, Repair, and Painting ( RRP RRP Renovation, repair, and painting ) Program Rule (40 CFR Part 745) in pre-1978 homes and proposed changes to this rule (Federal Register/Vol. 75, No. 87/May 6, 2010) will be complied with, to be superseded by any subsequent final rulemaking or any more stringent state or federal standards

Protect workers and occupants from potential lead hazards

2.0100.1q
Site security

Work site will be secured to prevent unauthorized entry

Temporarily disconnected eqipment will be locked up and tagged out

All loose or unbagged trash and unused materials will be removed from work site daily

Protect the occupant from exposure to potential hazards

2.0100.1r
Crawl space safety

The source of all contaminants (e.g., sewage,dead animals,needles) will be corrected,repaired,or removed before performing inspections that require complete access to the crawl space

If appropriate, the contaminant will be neutralized and/or a protective barrier will be installed in the area

Ensure work safety

Prevent worker exposure to hazards

TitleSpecification(s)Objective(s)
2.0100.1a
Prevention through design

Design will be incorporated to eliminate or minimize hazards (e.g., material selection, access to equipment for installation and maintenance, placement of equipment, ductwork and condensate lines)

Prevent worker injuries

Reduce risk exposure to toxic substances and physical hazards

2.0100.1b

Hand protection

Durable and wrist-protecting gloves will be worn that can withstand work activity

Minimize skin contact with contaminants

Protect hands from hazards

2.0100.1c
Respiratory protection

If the risk of airborne contaminants cannot be prevented, proper respiratory protection will be provided and worn (e.g., N-95 or equivalent face mask)

When applying low pressure 2-component spray polyurethane foam, air purifying masks with an organic vapor cartridge and P-100 particulate filter will be used

When applying high-pressure SPF SPF Spray polyurethane foam insulation, supplied air respirators (SARs) will be used

Consult SDS SDS Safety Data Sheet for respiratory protection requirements

OSHA OSHA U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, www.osha.gov 1910.134 shall be followed for the implementation of a respiratory protection program

Minimize exposure to airborne contaminants (e.g., insulation materials, mold spores, feces, bacteria, chemicals)

2.0100.1d
Electrical safety

An electrical safety assessment will be performed

All electric tools will be protected by ground-fault circuit interrupters ( GFCI GFCI Ground-fault circuit interrupter )

Three-wire type extension cords will be used with portable electric tools

Worn or frayed electrical cords will not be used

Water sources (e.g., condensate pans) and electrical sources will be kept separate

Metal ladders will be avoided

Special precautions will be taken if knob and tube wiring is present

Aluminum foil products will be kept away from live wires

For arc flash hazards, NFPA NFPA National Fire Protection Association, www.nfpa.org 70E will be consulted

Avoid electrical shock and arc flash hazards

2.0100.1e
Carbon monoxide ( CO CO Carbon monoxide )

All homes will have a carbon monoxide alarm

Ambient CO CO Carbon monoxide will be monitored during combustion testing and testing will be discontinued if ambient CO CO Carbon monoxide level inside the home or work space exceeds 35 parts per million (ppm)

Protect worker and occupant health

2.0100.1f
Personal Protective Equipment

SDS SDS Safety Data Sheet and OSHA OSHA U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, www.osha.gov regulations will be consulted for equipment and protective clothing would be worn if contaminants are present(e.g., insulation materials)

Eye protection will always be worn (e.g., safety glasses, goggles if not using full-face respirator)

Protect worker from skin contact with contaminants

Minimize spread of contaminants

Provide eye protection

2.0100.1g
Confined space safety

Spaces with limited ingress and egress and restricted work area will be considered confined space

Access and egress points will be located before beginning work

Inspection will be conducted for hazards, such as damaged or exposed electrical conductors, mold, sewage effluent, friable asbestos or fiberglass, pests, and other potential hazards

Adequate ventilation will be provided

Use of toxic material will be reduced

Prevent build-up of toxic or flammable contaminants

Reduce risk to the workers in the confined space

Provide adequate access and egress points

Prevent electrical shock

2.0100.1h
Power tool safety

Power tools will be inspected and used in accordance with manufacturer specifications and OSHA OSHA U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, www.osha.gov regulations to eliminate hazards such as those associated with missing ground prongs, ungrounded circuits, misuse of power tools, noise, and improper or defective cords or extension cords.All tools must be maintained in proper operating condition with all guards securely in place

All devices used will be verified as GFCI GFCI Ground-fault circuit interrupter protected or double insulated

Exhaust gases from compressors and generators will be prevented from entering interior space

Prevent power tool injuries

Prevent buildup of toxic or flammable contaminants

2.0100.1i
Chemical safety

Hazardous materials will be handled in accordance with manufacturer specifications, SDS SDS Safety Data Sheet and OSHA OSHA U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, www.osha.gov standards to eliminate hazards associated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), sealants, insulation, contaminated drywall, dust, foams, asbestos, lead, mercury, and fibers

Appropriate personal protective equipment ( PPE PPE Personal protective equipment ) will be provided

Workers will be trained on how to use PPE PPE Personal protective equipment

Workers will be expected to always use appropriate PPE PPE Personal protective equipment during work

Prevent worker exposure to toxic substances

2.0100.1j
Ergonomic safety

Appropriate PPE PPE Personal protective equipment will be used (e.g., knee pads, bump caps, additional padding)

Proper equipment will be used for work

Proper lifting techniques will be used

Prevent injuries from awkward postures, repetitive motions, and improper lifting

2.0100.1k
Hand tool safety

Hand tools will be maintained in safe working order and used for intended purpose

Prevent injuries

2.0100.1l
Slips, trips, and falls

Caution will be used around power cords, hoses, tarps, and plastic sheeting

Precautions will be taken when ladders are used, when working at heights, or when balancing on joists

Walk boards will be used when practical

When scaffolding is used, manufacturer set-up procedures will be followed

Appropriate footwear and clothing will be worn

Prevent injuries due to slips, trips, and falls

2.0100.1m
Thermal stress

Ensure staff is aware of risks during extreme weather including the symptoms of heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and hypothermia

Appropriate ventilation, hydration, rest breaks, and cooling equipment will be provided

911 will be dialed when necessary

Prevent heat stroke, heat stress, and cold stress related injuries

2.0100.1n
Fire safety

Ignition sources will be identified and eliminated (e.g., turn off pilot lights and fuel supply)

Use of flammable material will be reduced and fire-rated materials will be used

Prevent a fire hazard

2.0100.1o
Asbestos-containing materials ( ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material )

Assess potential asbestos hazard; if unsure whether material contains asbestos, contact a qualified asbestos professional to assess the material and to sample and test as needed

If suspected ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material is in good condition, do not disturb

If suspected ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material is damaged (e.g., unraveling, frayed, breaking apart), immediately isolate the area(s)

For suspected ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material that is damaged or that must be disturbed as part of the retrofit activity, contact an asbestos professional for abatement or repair in accordance with federal, state, and local requirements; only a licensed or trained professional may abate, repair, or remove ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material

When working around ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material , do not:

  • Dust, sweep, or vacuum ACM ACM Asbestos-containing material debris
  • Saw, sand, scrape, or drill holes in the material
  • Use abrasive pads or brushes to strip materials

Asbestos abatement or repair work should be completed prior to blower door testing; exercise appropriate caution when conducting blower door testing where friable asbestos or vermiculite attic insulation is present to avoid drawing asbestos fibers into the living space (i.e., use positively pressurized blower door testing) unless the material has been tested and found not to contain asbestos

Protect workers and occupants from potential asbestos hazards

2.0100.1p
Lead paint assessment

Presence of lead based paint in pre-1978 homes will be assumed unless testing confirms otherwise

The Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov ) Renovation, Repair, and Painting ( RRP RRP Renovation, repair, and painting ) Program Rule (40 CFR Part 745) in pre-1978 homes and proposed changes to this rule (Federal Register/Vol. 75, No. 87/May 6, 2010) will be complied with, to be superseded by any subsequent final rulemaking or any more stringent state or federal standards

Protect workers and occupants from potential lead hazards

2.0100.1q
Site security

Work site will be secured to prevent unauthorized entry

Temporarily disconnected eqipment will be locked up and tagged out

All loose or unbagged trash and unused materials will be removed from work site daily

Protect the occupant from exposure to potential hazards

2.0100.1r
Crawl space safety

The source of all contaminants (e.g., sewage,dead animals,needles) will be corrected,repaired,or removed before performing inspections that require complete access to the crawl space

If appropriate, the contaminant will be neutralized and/or a protective barrier will be installed in the area

Ensure work safety

Prevent worker exposure to hazards