The primary means of external communication are telephone and radio.
9.6. WORKER SAFETY PROCEDURES
As part of the site control plan, procedures should be established to ensure worker safety.
Worker safety procedures include preparation of the site for response activities, engineering
controls and safe work practices, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Worker safety
procedures should be prepared in advance of conducting onsite response operations and should
be available at the site command post.
Engineering controls and safe work practices should be implemented to reduce and maintain
employee exposure levels at or below the permissible exposure limits (PELs) and published
exposure limits for those hazardous substances at the site. If engineering controls and safe work
practices are insufficient to adequately protect against exposure, PPE should be used to protect
employees against possible exposure to hazardous substances.
9.7. MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
As part of the site control program, the Project Manager should assure that the identification and
location of the nearest medical facilities where response personnel can receive assistance in the
event of an emergency are posted. Information such as the names, phone numbers, addresses,
and procedures for contacting the facilities should be maintained. This information should be
posted conspicuously throughout the site, as well as near telephones or other external
1. 29 CFR 1910.120, Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER).
2. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) (NIOSH) Publication No. 85-115,
Occupational Safety and Health Guidance Manual for Hazardous Waste Site Activities,
NIOSH/OSHA/USCG/EPA, 1985 (Four-Agency Document).
3. EPA Publication No. 9285.1-03, Standard Operating Safety Guides, Chapter 4, Office of
Emergency and Remedial Response, USEPA, 1992.
4. EPA 9285.8-01, Health and Safety Plan (HASP) User's Guide, Chapter 8, Office of
Emergency and Remedial Response, USEPA, 1992 (and ERT Health and Safety Plan
Planner, Ver. 3.0C, 1993).