Environmental, Health and Safety Services

Contractor Definitions

Capital Project: A capital project is one whose total project cost exceeds $500,000.

Competent Person: As related to excavation, trenching or shoring work, the Contractor's "competent person" means one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings, or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.

Confined Space: A confined space is a space that is large enough for a person to enter, that has limited means for entry or exit, and that is not designed for continuous occupancy. Examples include tanks, silos, storage bins or hoppers, utility vaults, and pits.

Contracting Department: The Department at the university that has contracted for work to be performed by a Contractor. In regards to agencies/firms conducting work on Virginia Tech property, where no formal contractual relationship exists between Virginia Tech and the agency/firm, the department that is coordinating or approving the work of the agency/firm is the Contracting Department.

Contractor: An entity or agency employed by the university to perform the installation or maintenance of equipment, or the renovation or construction of a building, room or space on university property, or that provides services to the university on university property including, but not limited to, vending and the supply and erection of tents.

Field Engineer: The representative from Virginia Tech's Facilities department that oversees capital construction and/or renovation activities.

Friable Asbestos: An asbestos material that is capable of being reduced to powder by hand pressure when dry, or a nonfriable asbestos material that is subject to grinding, sanding, cutting or abrading or that is otherwise rendered friable by mechanical means.

Lockout/Tagout: A program used to ensure that employees are protected from sources of potentially hazardous energy. The program requires that hazardous energy sources be identified and locked and/or tagged-out before work is done on the system(s).

Permit-required confined space: A permit-required confined space is a confined space that contains potential or known safety hazards that must be dealt with prior to or during entry to assure the safety of those employees performing the work.

Project Coordinator: The individual(s) within a Department that has been assigned duties related to oversight or coordination of work performed by a Contractor as defined in this program.

Project Manager: The representative from Virginia Tech's Facilities department that coordinates the work of the Field Engineer and the Architect/Engineer related to capital construction and/or renovation projects.

Serious, willful safety violation: "Serious, willful safety violation" is defined, for the purposes of this program, as a work activity with a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and where the hazard was known or should have been known, but where the work activity was continued regardless of the existence of the safety hazard.