Site Specific Health and Safety Plans (HASP)

If you need site specific health and safety plan (HASP) for complex projects assistance discussed in this article call us at 1-800-344-4414 or email us at info@atlenv.com for details and a free estimate.

 

Written by Robert E. Sheriff, MS, CIH, CSP, President

October 5, 2018

More and more construction projects require a site specific Health and Safety Plan (HASP) regardless of the nature of the work performed.  This includes both government and private construction projects not just highway projects, building demolitions, excavations and of course where hazardous waste may be present.  Also, there is usually a requirement for a sign-off by a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) or a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).

In the past, generally only construction projects that dealt with known or suspected Hazardous Waste (HAZWOPER) activities require a HASP. The OSHA Regulation 29CFR1926.65 requires a written HASP for such activities and requires personnel to be trained and qualified under the HAZWOPER Training Requirements in 29CFR1910.120 (either a 24 hr or 40 hr training course).

Many government entities now require a site-specific HASP regardless of the activities, for example, the Port Authority of NY and NJ (PANYNJ), the agency responsible for procuring contractors for the World Trade Center site. Most projects for the Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) also now require a site-specific HASP.  Many private organizations also require a HASP to protect them in the event of illness, injury, destruction of property or if contamination occurs.

Templates for such written programs are available through OSHA (www.osha.gov/dep/etools/ehasp). These can sometimes be difficult to use not because of the software but due to the complexity of the problems and solutions to activities in the project. Often the expertise of a PE, a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) or Certified Safety Professional (CSP) is needed to prepare a site specific HASP.

Generally the program elements that require special expertise are:

  • Confined Space
  • Hot Work
  • Lock-Out/Tag-Out (LOTO)
  • Job Hazard Analysis
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Air and Noise Monitoring
  • Emergency Response
  • Evacuation
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Medical Surveillance
  • Fall Protection
  • Environmental Protection
  • Training

We have developed site-specific HASPs that varied from 20 to 320 pages. The more complex the requirements, the more we can apply our experience to complicated issues.

Our primary service areas for Specific Health and Safety Plans (HASP) are: NJ, NY, NYC, PA, CT, DE, (Boston) MA, RI, Wash DC, WI, MD, MI, (Chicago) IL, VA, IN, (Atlanta) GA, AL, NC, SC, TN, (Dallas, Ft Worth) TX, OK, DC, AR, we can service most other areas of the U.S. but with some added travel charges.