Contractor
Environmental
Health and Safety
Handbook
Colorado School of Mines
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Emergency Information

If a fire alarm is activated, contractors must leave the facility and not
reenter until an all clear is announced. Any alarm triggered by the
contractor must be reported immediately and a representative must
be available to address the incident. In the event of an emergency,
the contractor should report the incident to the CSM Public Safety
Office at 911 or 303-273-3333.


Important Phone Numbers
Emergency services .................................................................................... 911
Fire ..................................................................................................................... 911
Department of Public Safety ............................................ 303-273-3333
(campus police)

Environment Health and Safety (EHS) ......................... 303-273-3316
(phone monitored 24/7/365)
Facilities Management (FM) ............................................. 303-273-3330

Capital Planning and Construction (CPC). ................... 303-273-3568

Rocky Mountain Poison Center ........................................ 303-739-1100
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Introduction
Colorado School of Mines (CSM) values the health and safety of all
campus personnel, including contractors who perform work for the
school. This handbook informs contractors of CSM’s expectations for
the safe execution of work in order to protect the campus community
and property
Expectations for Environmental Health and
Safety Performance
Contractors performing work on CSM property are expected to control
the hazards associated with their work activities sufficiently to protect
their workers, the public, students, faculty, and staff from harm and
injury. Contractors are expected to:
 Perform work in accordance with their company’s safety program
and applicable federal, state, and local regulatory requirements
(OSHA, EPA, CDPHE, City of Golden, etc.).
 Promptly notify the CSM Project Manager of all accidents involv-
ing injury to personnel and/or damage to property.
 Promptly contact the EHS department in the case of chemical
spills that occur outdoors or are large chemical spills.
 Complete job hazard evaluations and control hazards as necessary
prior to performing work.
 Secure and sign job site as necessary to keep unauthorized person-
nel from entering. Sufficiently barricade trenches, holes and pits
to mitigate fall hazards.
 Maintain building security by refraining from propping open
doors.
 Provide training to their workers and verify their competency to
safely perform their duties.
 Provide competent persons as required by OSHA for hazard iden-
tification and specific activities such as fall protection, confined
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 Maintain a clean and organized job site.
 Keep main corridors and stairwells clear and easily accessible.
 Smoke only in contractor vehicles or other designated areas.
 Store chemicals only in covered storage containers, no chemicals
may be stored outdoors.
 Investigate accidents/incidents to ensure causes have been ad-
dressed prior to continuing similar work activities.
 Obtain and maintain required permits and licenses for the job
 Provide employees with the necessary PPE to safely perform the
job.
 Provide work zone traffic control. Drivers, pedestrians, cyclists
must be able to see and understand the construction traffic
routes. The contractor will use all necessary means including
flaggers, signs, barricades to safely manage the movement of
construction traffic.
 Provide their own safety and construction equipment. Contrac-
tors are not allowed to utilize CSM equipment and vehicles.
Hazard Communication
Contractors shall have and follow their own hazard communication
plan.
When contractors are working in laboratories or industrial spaces,
CSM Project Manager will:
 Communicate the hazards and precautions for working
within that space.
 Inform the contractor of any alarms and the associated
alarm response for that work area.
Laboratories that house radiological or biological hazards require a
hazard specific orientation prior to working within that space. This
orientation is provided by CSM EHS.
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Hazardous Materials
 Contractors bringing hazardous materials on site must be pre-
pared to share Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for materials being
brought onsite if requested by CSM.
 Hazardous materials must be appropriately stored to prevent
damage and spills.
 All unused materials must be removed from campus at the end
of the project unless specifically addressed in the contact.
 Under no circumstances may hazardous chemicals be poured
down a drain or spilled into any storm sewer.

Waste/Hazardous Waste
Contractors are responsible to properly dispose of waste materials
in accordance with local, state and federal requirements.
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Spill Prevention and Response
Contractors are responsible for any petroleum-based or chemical
spill within their construction boundary as well as spills that migrate
outside the construction boundary. Spills of diesel fuel, glycol, hy-
draulic oil or other spills that are caused by a contractor’s equip-
ment, container, personnel or subcontractor are the responsibility of
the contractor. Spills involving research chemicals in a laboratory
that are caused by the contractor’s equipment, container, personnel
or subcontractor are the responsibility of the contractor but will be
cleaned up by CSM EHS.

Contractors may request research chemicals be relocated when
working within a laboratory

Contractor responsibilities include:
 Spill clean up
 Reporting the spill to CSM Project Manager
 Reporting the spill to CSM EHS, by calling 303-273-3316
 Post remediation sampling
 Covering the full cost of spill clean up-activities

For construction projects that require bulk fuel storage on CSM
property, the contractor must ensure:
 Fuel is stored in a double walled tank
 The tank must be surrounded with a berm with a height to
contain 125% of the storage tank volume.
 Personnel conducting refueling operations must remain with-
in visual range to ensure spills do not occur.
 Storage containers must be properly labeled.

Fuel day tanks or fuel cans may be used if they are FM approved
containers that are properly labeled.
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Storm Water
Any construction activity, including grading, clearing, excavation, or
other earth moving processes may require a National Pollutant Dis-
charge Elimination System (NPDES) Storm Water Quality Permit.
The NPDES storm water permit requirement is a component of the
Clean Water Act.
Storm Water Quality Permit is required whenever construction activ-
ities will disturb one half acre or more. A permit is also required
whenever a project disturbs less than one half acre but is part of a
phased project that will impact one half acre or more over the course
of the project.
Contractors are required to obtain Storm Water Quality Permits for
jobs meeting the criteria defined above.
The City of Golden is a designated Qualifying Local Program by the
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).
Storm Water Quality Permits may be obtained through the City of
Golden for construction sites that disturb up to 5 acres. The permit
application is available at: http://www.cityofgolden.net/media/
StormwaterPermitApplicationPacket.pdf
Construction sites that disturb greater than five acres require a State
Storm Water Construction Permit in addition to the City permit.
Contact CDPHE at http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CDPHE-
WQ/CBON/1251596875260 or 303-692-3500 for more information.
No hazardous, toxic, or solid materials shall be discharged to the
storm water conveyance system. Contractors performing work that
will create potential water runoff must contact the City of Golden
Storm Water office and CSM EHS for guidance.
Do not locate dumpsters over a storm drain. Close dumpster covers
at the end of each workday.
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Asbestos
Asbestos was incorporated in a number of widely used products,
many of which were used in building construction from the late
1800’s until the mid1980’s. The most common use of asbestos in
CSM buildings was in floor tiles, mastic, thermal systems insula-
tion (TSI), plaster, ceiling tiles, structural steel fireproofing, and
acoustical and decorative plaster. Per CDPHE Regulation 8,
building materials shall be presumed to contain asbestos unless
historical information or testing indicates otherwise.
Contractors who perform building or facilities-related mainte-
nance, repair or renovation shall be provided the location of sus-
pect and known asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in the work
area(s) to which they are assigned. Contractors shall, under no
circumstances, damage or disturb known or suspect ACM (unless
they are a licensed Asbestos Abatement Contractor and have
been specifically contracted to perform asbestos abatement activ-
ities). If in the course of the work, suspected asbestos materials
are discovered, the contractor shall stop work that might disturb
the material immediately and notify the CSM Project Manager.
It is the responsibility of the Contractor to provide its employees
with an asbestos awareness program, which shall include, but
not be limited to the information contained in this section and
appropriate training as required by CDPHE Regulation 8.
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Lead
Contractors who perform building or facilities-related mainte-
nance, repair or renovation work shall be informed by the CSM
Project Manager of the location of lead-containing building mate-
rials in the work area. Project Managers may request that CSM
EHS complete a lead-based paint survey prior to the start of site
work activities.
Contractors who will disturb lead-containing building materials dur-
ing the course of site activities shall take all necessary precautions
to prevent any exposure to lead dust or contamination. These
measures shall conform, at a minimum, to the OSHA Lead require-
ments contained in 29 CFR 1926.62 and Colorado Revised Statute
25-2-1101, Lead-Based Paint Abatement.

Housekeeping
Good housekeeping plays a key role in preventing accidents and
fires. Contractors are required to maintain good housekeeping on
their jobsite.
Contractors should:
 Keep everything in its proper place - store materials and
equipment in a safe and orderly manner.
 Put trash, scrap materials and other waste in the proper con-
tainers.
 Keep the floor of the work area clear of tools, cords, and
scrap materials.

Maintain clear access to all work areas. Do not block fire extinguish-
ers, emergency equipment, electrical boxes or panels, or other safety
and fire equipment.
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Rooftop/Elevated (over 6 feet) Work
When accessing or working on rooftops contractors are required to
ensure potential fall hazards have been mitigated by providing ade-
quate fall protection through passive (e.g. guard rails) or active (e.g.
personal fall arrest) systems.
The following CSM facilities have some form of fall protection in-
stalled on the roof that may be utilized by contractors after the con-
tractor’s competent person has assessed the system and determined
it is acceptable for their use:
 Field House – anchorage for a personal fall arrest system
(PFAS)
 Hill Hall – anchorage for a PFAS
 Guggenheim – anchorage for a PFAS
 Maple – anchorage for a PFAS
 Elm – anchorage for a PFAS
 GRL (barrel) – anchorage for a PFAS
 Stratton (mechanical area) – anchorage for a PFAS
 Engineering Hall – 42” parapet
 Welcome Center – PFAS
 Korell Athletics Center – Enclosure around mechanical are-
as; PFAS on upper roof

CSM specifically makes no warranties concerning the condition or
suitability of any PFAS, and assumes no liability for any damages
arising from the use of any previous installed PFAS.
Rooftop areas are not equipped with Fire Alarm annunciation. Con-
tractors are required to have a plan in place to ensure their workers
are notified in the event of a building fire alarm.
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Hazardous Energy Control (Lockout/Tagout)
Contractors are expected to follow their own Hazardous Energy
Control/Lockout Tagout (LOTO) Program. LOTO of campus utili-
ties and systems to accomplish hazardous energy control shall be
coordinated with CSM Project Manager to ensure appropriate no-
fications have been made and system impacts to campus have been
managed. CSM and the contractor will inform each other of their
respective LOTO programs

Hidden Utilities in Buildings
When performing work that will penetrate building surfaces such
as walls, floors, ceilings and roofs, contractors are required to lo-
cate utilities that may be hidden in those surfaces prior to perform-
ing the work.
The contractor should determine the appropriate combination of
utility locate methodologies to reliably assure hidden utilities will
not be disturbed or damaged. Utility locate methodologies may in-
clude review of drawings, walk down of the work area, use of a
borescope, use of ground penetrating radar and evaluate against
standard installation methodologies.
Contractors must take the necessary precautions to protect the hid-
den utilities from damage and protect workers from inadvertent
contact.
Isolation of utilities requires a request to be submitted with the
CSM Project Manger at least 72 hour prior to the utility outages.
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Excavations and Underground Utilities
Contractors are required to perform a utility locate for both public
and private utilities prior to digging, driving stakes and other activi-
ties that may damage underground utilities.
Call 811 for the utility locates and indicate that the locates are for
CSM. CSM has contracted with a 3rd party to automatically perform
a private utility locate when a request is made through 811, Utility
Notification Center of Colorado (UNCC).
The CSM Project Manager will seek approvals from CSM EHS pri-
or to any excavation work in and around Engineering Hall, former
CSMRI site near clear creek and former Golden Ford site. EHS will
evaluate the risks associated with underground legacy issues.
Contractors must take the necessary precautions to protect under-
ground utilities from damage and protect workers from inadvertent
contact. When working within 3 feet of an identified utility, tech-
niques such as hand digging, potholing, or hydrovacing shall be em-
ployed.
Isolation of utilities requires a request to be submitted with the
CSM Project Manger at least 72 hour prior to the utility outages.
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Hot Work
Hot work is any activity that generate sparks or flames.
Examples of hot work include, but are not limited to:
 gas or arc welding
 brazing, cutting
 Grinding
 Soldering
 thawing pipe
 Torch-applied roofing

CSM has developed a hot work procedure and permit which applies
to both CSM employees and to Contractors. The procedure is appli-
cable to all hot work activities except those taking place in a desig-
nated welding area or in new facilities in which CSM has not accept-
ed beneficial occupancy. If contractors do not use the CSM hot work
process, they must have a program that is acceptable to CSM.
The CSM Hot Work Permit can be obtained and completed by visit-
ing the CSM EHS Hot Work website available at http://
inside.mines.edu/EHSHotWorkPermit.
Contractors are required to complete the Hot Work Permit Form and
submit the form electronically to the EHS Department for review.
Taking specific smoke detectors off-line requires 72 hour notice
to Facilities Management.
Contractors are required to print a copy of the Hot Work Permit and
have the permit present at the job site in an accessible and visible
location for the duration of the hot work activities. Return completed
Hot Work Permits to the CSM Project Manager.
Contractors must place screens around welding areas to prevent in-
advertent viewing by a passerby. The welding screen will be posted
with appropriate signage.
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Fire Detection System
Contractors shall prevent the inadvertent activation of the fire
detection system when performing work activities that generate
smoke, dust or mists.
When performing work activities that generate smoke, dust or
mists, work with CSM Project Management to determine the best
method of preventing inadvertent activation of the fire detec-
tions system; taking specific smoke detetors off-line, covering
smoke detectors or disconnecting the smoke detector.
Taking specific smoke detectors off-line requires 72 hour notice
to Facilities Management.
The fire detection system shall be restored to normal operation
at the end of the task or end of the work day, which ever comes
first.

Fire Protection System Impairments
Contractors performing work on a fire protection system shall coor-
dinate work activities on that system with the CSM Project Manager.
Impairments to the system requires a 72 hour notice to the impair-
ment coordinator in Facilities Management.
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Cranes and Material Hoist Operations
Contractors shall provide appropriate barriers around cranes and ma-
terial hoists to prevent pedestrian and vehicular traffic from acces-
sioning the hazard zone. Closure of roadways or main pedestrian
corridors shall be coordinated with CSM Project Manager.

Heavy Equipment Operations
Contractors shall manage heavy equipment operations (haul trucks,
fork lifts, backhoes, etc.) to minimize conflicts with pedestrian and
vehicular traffic. This may be managed through barricades and/or
use of spotters/flagman. Closure of roadways or main pedestrian cor-
ridors shall be coordinated with CSM Project Manager.

Confined Space Entry
Contractors shall have a confined space entry program. Contractors
without a confined space entry program will not be allowed to per-
form work in a CSM confined space.
Contractors must follow their own Confined Space Entry Procedure
when entering confined spaces. Contractors must work through their
CSM Project Manager and EHS to obtain hazard information regard-
ing the confined space. CSM Project Managers will debrief the con-
tractor at the conclusion of the entry operations regarding the permit
space program followed and regarding any hazards confronted or
created in permit spaces during entry operations.
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Contractor Projects in Student Housing
Contractors who perform work within or adjacent to student resi-
dences must sign a document titled “Special Contract Conditions for
Construction Projects in Occupied Student Housing, Enclosure 1”.
This document identifies contractor expectations when working in
these areas to ensure students’ privacy and enjoyment of their resi-
dence, maintains security of the residence, limits contact with the
students and provides advanced notice of any work that may affect
the residents.

Highlights from the contract conditions indicate contactors must:
 Conduct themselves in a manner that does not constitute sex-
ual harassment.
 Not smoke or chew tobacco within 20 feet of any campus
building entrance.
 Only work Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m., unless specifically authorized by the Project Manager.
 Minimize noise that may be heard by residents outside of the
work days/hours noted above.
 Not eat, drink, or play music or radios outside of designated
construction area
 Not use any of the building furnishes at any time for any rea-
son.
 Not access any housing department space outside of the con-
struction area.
 Coordinate access to the student housing through the CSM
Project Manager. Seventy-two hour notice is required to enter
any occupied residence.
 Not prop open doors.
 Secure their work area at the end of each shift.
 Wear CSM issued identification badges
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