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The World Trade Center Emergency Project Environmental, Safety and Health Plan provides the framework for a cooperative, focused effort to ensure a safe and healthful work environment. The plan includes several provisions that exceed Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards. These include:
Increased coordination and communication
A joint labor/management environmental, safety, and health committee for the entire site to discuss safety and health issues concerning all prime and subcontractor employees, identify hazards and recommend corrective actions, and increase coordination between all agencies, prime contractors and their subcontractors.
Daily environmental, safety, and health meetings by prime and subcontractors before the start of each work shift or when employees arrive for work. Regular forums for all parties involved to exchange environmental, safety, and health-related information on a site-wide basis and to discuss and resolve existing or potential problems.
Increased oversight and reporting
Assignment of a full-time environmental safety and health manager by each prime contractor to implement the plan and focus on environmental, safety, and health issues. Weekly environmental, safety, and health reports that track, among other things, OSHA recordable injuries and illnesses, restricted-work cases, and weekly sampling reports. First-aid logs maintained at the site for all first-aid rendered, with results reported to the Department of Health.
Increased worker safety and health protections
Safety orientation training for all new workers at the site. Enhanced personal and bulk sampling for hazardous substances such as dusts, metals and volatile organic compounds, as well as heat and cold stress.