2.0100.2 Work Area Inspection and Stabilization

Topic: 
Safe Work Practices
Subtopic: 
Safe Work Practices
Desired Outcome: 
Provide a safe and stable work environment that will support and sustain work to be performed
TitleSpecification(s)Objective(s)
2.0100.2a
Inspect to confirm integrity of existing building assembly

An inspection will be conducted for existing conditions that may hinder successful installation of proposed energy improvement

Ensure the work area and associated building assemblies are suitable for the proposed work

2.0100.2b
Identify hazardous construction materials that may be disturbed or compromised by proposed work

The inspection will include determination of the presence of known or presumed hazardous construction materials, including lead paint, asbestos, and in the case of window replacement, caulk, which may contain polychlorinated biphenyls

Where proposed work can be performed without disturbing suspect materials or under conditions consistent with applicable codes and regulations, a presumption of the presence of hazardous construction materials may be made without actual testing where such testing is not an integral part of the work to be performed

Ensure known or presumed hazardous materials are treated in a manner consistent with all codes and regulations

2.0100.2c
Identify environmental conditions that may create or worsen unsafe or unstable building assembly conditions

The inspection will include determination of the presence of adverse environmental conditions, including excess moisture in contact with building assemblies, mold, wood-decaying fungi, and rodent or insect infestation

A visual inspection of exposed electrical wires, junction boxes, and related equipment will be made to identify any unsafe conditions

Where insulation materials will be delivered into closed cavities, evaluation of wiring types within such cavities will be conducted to determine if proposed insulation application is compatible with current performance characteristics of wiring (e.g., wiring types that present a fire hazard when in close contact with insulation materials, wiring types subject to corrosion when in contact with certain types of insulation or which may be adversely affected by heat, moisture, or process conditions associated with the installation of certain insulation types)

Ensure adverse environmental conditions do not compromise the stability or longevity of proposed work

Ensure the integrity and soundness of building assemblies

Preserve the safety and integrity of existing building assemblies and materials after installation of proposed improvements

2.0100.2d
Address and correct hazardous or adverse conditions

Where excess moisture conditions are identified where their correction is not included in proposed work, such conditions will be corrected before work begins

Where building assemblies or components are found to have been damaged or destroyed, such assemblies will be restored before or during proposed work

Where indications of rodent infestation are identified, air sealing materials will incorporate anti-gnawing measure (e.g., copper wool in-fill, metal sheeting)

When pests have been identified, follow integrated pest management practices to seal holes with pest proof materials (corrosion proof materials)

Ensure the safety and durability of the associated structures

Ensure proposed work will not cause or perpetuate unsafe or unhealthy building conditions