Stanford University

General Safety Requirements

Compliance and enforcement

Contractor shall comply with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations pertaining to employee health and safety at its work sites.

As a Prime Contractor on a multi-employer work site, Contractor is also charged with certain compliance obligations under Cal/OSHA regulations (8 CCR Section 336.10) to ensure that subcontractors follow safe work practices. The University will enforce contractual obligations contained herein, including the following:

  • Any Contractor who does not provide safe working conditions, or does not follow safe work practices, shall be removed from the University’s approved bidder list, and shall not be considered for further work.
  • Any hazardous condition, as defined by Cal/OSHA, that is created by the Contractor and is allowed to persist on the project site shall be considered a breach of contract.
  • Contractor shall be required to remove and replace any employee who allows an unsafe condition to exist on or adjacent to the project site.
  • Contractor shall be required to remove and replace any unsafe equipment used on the project site.
  • If, after due notice, Contractor permits an unsafe, life-threatening condition to exist on the project site, and does not correct it in a timely manner, the University will take whatever action is necessary to remedy the condition, including stopping the work or using other forces to complete the work. Contractor shall be responsible for both direct and indirect costs incurred by the University to remedy the unsafe condition.

Noise and vibration control

Contractor shall take all means necessary to minimize the amount of noise and vibration generated from the project site, and shall comply with Santa Clara County Ordinances. The University may require additional project-specific noise reduction measures or a restriction of work hours for noisy work.

Dust control

Contractor shall take all means necessary to minimize the amount of dust generated at the project site and shall use water spray or other means to control visible airborne emissions.

Traffic control

Contractor shall comply with all provisions of the Cal/OSHA construction standard for Traffic Control for Public Streets and Highways, 8 CCR Section 1598.

Pest control

Contractor shall ensure that the quality of work is such that rats and other vermin generally will not have access to the building. New and renovated structures shall be inspected for adequate pest-proofing prior to final acceptance of the work. Particular attention shall be given to floor, wall, ceiling, and roof penetrations for piping, vents, etc., to ensure proper finishing.

Hazardous and flammable material storage

All hazardous or flammable chemicals, liquids, or gases brought onto the project site shall be used and stored in approved containers conforming to applicable federal, state, and local codes. Contractor is responsible for securing permits, if applicable, for the temporary storage of hazardous materials on the project site. Hazardous materials shall be used and stored in a manner that will prevent their accidental release. Liquid hazardous materials, including stationary fuel tanks, shall have a secondary containment equal to 110% of the liquid volume.

Additional provisions for use and storage of hazardous materials are addressed in the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan.

Hazardous material spill clean-up and reporting

  • Contractor shall ensure that spills and releases of hazardous materials are contained and cleaned up immediately, and that all necessary means and materials are maintained at the project site to accomplish this task.
  • If the release contains a fire, explosion, or otherwise threatens the health of any person, Contractor shall immediately request emergency response by calling 911.
  • Any potential or actual non-health-threatening releases, which may impact the environment, including in soils, creeks, or storm drains, must be reported to EH&S at 725-9999.
  • Contractor shall clean up all small spills that do not threaten the environment and notify the University as soon as possible.
  • The University reserves the right to require Contractor to provide additional remediation of soils or other porous surfaces found to be contaminated as a result of hazardous material spills.
  • All spill cleanup materials must be properly contained by the contractor and managed as hazardous waste, in accordance with Section 1.08. Follow Stanford University’s Emergency and Spill Response Notifications.

In the event of a health-threatening situation

In the event of an imminent or actual emergency that threatens local or public health or safety, or the environment outside of the immediate area:

  1. Call 911 (9-911 from a campus phone or (650) 321-2231 from a cell phone). Remain in the area.
  2. Activate local alarm system.
  3. Once personal safety is established, proceed with non-health-threatening actions and notifications (see below).
  4. Call Stanford’s Maintenance Customer Service at (650) 723-2281.

In the event of a release to the environment (non-health-threatening situation)

In the event of a spill or release to the environment (e.g. storm drain or soil) or spill or release greater than one quart of diesel/fuel/oil*:

  1. Contain the spill with kitty litter or other absorbent material.
  2. Look in storm catchment basins, drains, and gutters to determine if spilled material was released to storm drain.
  3. Protect storm drains from spilled material. Use “Drain Blocker” pad or similar to cover any threatened storm drain.
  4. Notify Stanford EH&S as soon as the situation allows. Call (650) 725-9999 and:
    • State what happened, including an estimate of how much was spilled.
    • State your name.
    • Provide the location and time of the incident.
    • Tell them what is needed to clean up the spill.
    • Request containers for waste.
  5. Notify Stanford’s Maintenance Customer Service at (650) 723-2281.

* All spills of any other hazardous materials must be reported to EH&S at (650) 725-9999.

In the event of a small fuel or oil spill (no release to environment)

  1. Clean up drips and small spills with absorbent material.
  2. Put contaminated absorbent materials in a labeled hazardous waste container.
  3. Call EH&S at (650) 725-9999 to log any fuel/oil spills greater than one quart.
  4. Replenish absorbent materials for next use.

Chemical toilets

If applicable, Contractor shall supply chemical toilets in sufficient numbers on the project site. Toilets shall comply with county requirements and shall be cleaned at least weekly by an approved septic tank pumper.


Unless otherwise specified, explosives shall not be used, with the exception of powder-actuated tools.

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