Demolition projects are becoming an increasingly frequent occurrence throughout the Commonwealth, and as demolitions increase, so will the number of incidents involving project-related discharges of hazardous substances to air, land, or water.
An accurate SWMS is critical for compliance with state and federal laws. The SWMS should include information on specific hazards, what equipment is used, what solvents and chemicals, if any, are being used on the job, what precautions are taken to prevent pollution, what contingency plans are in place, if any, and what emergency response measures are taken if any. The SWM should also describe the project’s relationship to adjoining properties and include information on the SWMS custodians.
The demolition of buildings, structures, or developments done to re-develop them or for other development purposes can give rise to various environmental risks. To minimize or eliminate these risks, a demolition SWMS at Construction Safety Shop should be employed.
What is a Demolition SWMS?
A demolition safety work method statement (DSWMS) must be developed before demolition to ensure the contractor follows the proper procedures. This must address how the project will control dust, noise, vibrations, odors, and waste disposal. The SWMS must specify an approach for communicating with adjacent properties. The SWMS must also address demolition debris management, including traffic control, truck routes, and disposal.
Whether you will need a demolition SWMS depends on several variables. The type of demolition that is being done will impact the type of demolition SWMS you will need. For example, commercial demolition, such as removing old warehouses, will require specific actions to be included in the SWMS.
Where can you get a Demolition SWMS?
If you are a principal contractor and need an SWMS for your demolition project, you can get demolition SWMS at Construction Safety Shop.
At Construction Safety Shop, we focus our safety program on Hazardous Wastes. We educate and train employees about the dangers of improper handling of these hazardous materials. We also incorporate various free training resources from OSHA, EPA, and ANSI into our safety programs. Our construction safety experts can discuss and help with your OSHA program, including SWMS, health and safety training, safety meetings, inspections, recordkeeping, and all other OSHA compliance issues.