Step 3: Site Control Measures Required Prior to Cleanup Operations

Date First Published on SafetySmart Compliance: February 21st, 2012
Topics: Hazwoper & Emergency Response |

The next phase of Hazwoper compliance is to implement site control measures prior to cleanup operations to control employee exposure to hazardous conditions (Sec. 1910.120(d)). Here’s what’s required.

Development of Site Control Measures

Keep in mind that site control measures are one of the elements that must be included in the written site safety and health program (See Step 1) and must be developed during the planning stages of a hazardous waste cleanup operation and modified as new information becomes available.

What Site Control Program Must Include

The site control program must include at least the following elements:

  • A site map;
  • Site work zones;
  • Use of a buddy system in which employees are placed into work groups and each member of the group is observed by at least one other employee so that rapid health can be provided in an emergency;
  • Site communications, including emergency alerting methods;
  • Standard operating procedures or safe work practices; and
  • Identification of the nearest medical assistance.