OSHA Considering Safety Checklist for Federal Procurements; AGC Seeking Further Member Input

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) has proposed federal contactor submission of a health and safety checklist as an evaluation factor for the award of contracts directly from the federal government.

At the Nov. 28 ACCSH meeting, AGC shared its concerns with the checklist. Among AGC’s concerns, the association suggested that the checklist be revised to note that each subcontractor should only have one onsite safety representative. Some trades may only have two workers in a work crew and may have five crews working on different floors or areas of a building. Each trade needs only one assigned site safety representative who is responsible for the project safety plan compliance and attends weekly safety meetings with the general contractor and others.

AGC welcomes additional member feedback concerning both the need for this checklist and revisions of it. AGC will continue to work closely with ACCSH on this and other safety issues.

For more information, please contact Kevin Cannon at (703) 837-5410 or cannonk@agc.org or Jimmy Christianson at (703) 837-5325 or christiansonj@agc.org.