Complex Health and Safety Plans (HASP’s) for Construction Projects

Written By: Robert E. Sheriff, CIH, CSP, President

November 12, 2018


The most complex Health and Safety Plans (HASP) tend to be for hazardous waste projects or government contracts at high hazard locations. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Department of Interior Bureau of Reclamation are good examples of government entities requiring very detailed HASPs.  The Port Authority of NY/NJ is another entity that requires a HASP for all projects.  At Atlantic Environmental, we have developed HASPs that ranged from 12 to 320 pages.

The overall objective is to evaluate every aspect of the project to predict the hazards faced by the workers at every state.  This involves not just what is known about the work site including past history-and-hazards-such as soil contamination, but what can be predicted such as demolition of previous manufacturing structures (asbestos, lead, metal, chemical, pesticides).  It also requires input from persons knowledgeable in the hazards at each state of construction (silica, hex chrome, even mold!)

An essential element of any HASP is the Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) that identifies each work activity, the hazards associated with each task, and the protective measures required to protect workers at each stage of the work.

Permit Required Confined Space Entry is one of those elements adding to the complexity of a HASP. Another is Hot Work, meaning welding.

Chemical usage requiring monitoring and possibly respiratory protection also adds complexity.  Chemical usage often requires the input of a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) to evaluate potential worker exposure, perform monitoring, and often respiratory protection.

Respiratory protection in itself is an intricate aspect of any HASP since regulatory requirements require initial monitoring, a written program, respiratory selection, physical exam, respirator fit testing, training, and recordkeeping.

Generally where a HASP is required, there are other hazard control plans required.  It is common to have a need for an Environmental Protection Plan to protect neighbors, the air, water and ground from hazards created and addressed in the HASP.

Closely linked to an Environmental Protection Plan is a Hazardous Waste Plan addressing each issue as waste collection, waste classification, storage, transport, and disposal.

Finally, the issues of Product Stewardship and Sustainability can be addressed.  Issues such as recycling, carbon footprints, alternate products, routes and proximity of supplies are all elements of a responsible approach to a project or production activity.

Atlantic Environmental, Inc. is well equipped to deal with more complex HASP issues.  We may be able to assist you in something that seems to be overwhelming in its complexity.  Searching this website, e-mail ( or a phone call to 1-800-344-4414 is all that is needed.


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