Environmental, Health and Safety Services

General Requirements

General Information

Accidental Spills and Releases

In the event of an accidental release or spill of chemicals, or other hazardous materials by the Contractor, the Contractor shall:

  • Immediately take action as appropriate to contain the spill (if this action can be taken without jeopardizing the health or safety of employees,
  • Notify the rescue squad, fire department, or other entities as needed or requested by calling 911.
  • Contact EHS at 231-3600 (or via calling 911 after hours),
  • Contact the university Project Manager.

All university costs associated with responding to, or remediation of, a chemical or hazardous material spill or release may be assessed to the Contractor.

Emergency Notification System

VT Alerts if Virginia Tech’s emergency notification system.  In the event of a campus emergency, Virginia Tech will use several information delivery methods to reach personnel. To sign up for VT Alerts, go to the Office of Emergency Management’s website at www.emergency.vt.edu.

First Aid Services

The Virginia Tech Rescue Squad will provide emergency medical response to construction projects; however, the Rescue Squad cannot guarantee a minimum response time as required by OSHA, and may not be named in lieu of the Contractor providing adequately trained personnel on site.

Means of Egress

The Contractor shall not conduct work or operations that obstruct exits or the means of egress from an occupied building without the prior approval of EHS and the university Project Manager. Equipment and materials are not to be stored in exits or exit stairwells at any time, and may not be stored in the means of egress without prior approval.  Fire-rated doors shall not be chocked or blocked open, except temporarily and while constantly supervised; such chocks/blocks must be immediately removed in the event of a building fire alarm or similar emergency.  Contact EHS at 231-4207 for more information.

Fire Protection and Suppression Systems

The Contractor shall not conduct any work that disables or alters the functionality or technical specifications of fire protection and suppression systems without prior approval of the university Project Manager.  EHS must be notified and will secure any external approvals, as required.  These systems include, but are not limited to, fire rated assemblies and enclosures, smoke barriers and partitions, fire alarm panels, exit signs and emergency lighting, sprinkler, and other suppression systems, heat and smoke detection, fire hydrants, fire department access, and fire pumps.  Contact EHS at 231-4207 for more information.

Building Alarms

In the event of a fire, sound the alarm and/or notify other building occupants immediately.  Call 911 and report as much information as possible to the dispatcher.
Contractor personnel shall respond appropriately to all alarms by exiting the building immediately and remaining at least 50 feet from the building to allow for emergency response access.

Compressed Gases

Compressed gases shall be stored, used, and transported in accordance with the requirements of the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code (VSFPC).  New compressed gas installations shall comply with the VSFPC.

Temporary Structures

All tents, stages, and temporary structures shall comply with the requirements of university policy 5406. 

Temporary Traffic Control

Work that falls under the Virginia Work Area Protection Manual (VWAPM), such road/lane/sidewalk closures, minor road encroachments, or bicycle paths, must implement temporary traffic control measures in accordance with the VWAPM to properly regulate, warn, and guide vehicular, non-motorized, and pedestrian traffic on campus.  Flagging operations must comply with VWAPM.

University Equipment

University equipment (ex. forklifts, aerial lifts, ladders, etc.) should not be loaned to Contractors for liability and/or specialized training purposes.  Contractors should provide the necessary equipment to perform they job.