Date Last Updated: 4/26/2012
Category: Environmental, Health and Safety
Environment, Health and Safety
Associate Vice President for Facilities
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The University at Buffalo (UB) is a member of Dig Safety New York and fully endorses their program for all excavation work on UB property regardless of location. All work identified in the UB and Dig Safely New York section of this procedure shall be handled through the Dig Safely process. Although most utilities on the North and South campuses will be marked by UB Facilities personnel or its contractor, do not subvert this process by contacting marking personnel directly except in an emergency.
In many cases, UB is the excavator and utility locator for a job. It is possible that the same person may perform both tasks. Regardless, the integrity of the Dig Safely process must be maintained. Call Dig Safely New York prior to every mechanized dig.
This procedure does not contain any new rules. It provides guidance to ensure compliance with New York State Code Rule 753 (16 NYCCR 753).
This procedure applies to all personnel who perform excavation on any UB property including UB personnel responsible for utility marking coordination and actual field marking activities.
Any excavation activities that do not comply with this procedure are subject to a stop work order by EH&S, FP&D project managers, or Facilities Supervisors who are charged with ensuring a safe workplace. Repeat violators of this process will be referred to the New York State Public Service Commission.
All personnel working on UB property shall be trained in emergency procedures as established by their employer. Contractors shall have pre-planned emergency evacuation areas for all worksites and all personnel shall be directed to check into this area in the event of an emergency. Personnel accountability is critical to emergency responders.
Contractor personnel shall call UB Police to report any of the following:
1. Emergencies such as accidents or natural disasters
2. Fires (in addition contract personnel should pull nearest fire alarm if possible)
3. Requests for emergency medical services
4. Police issues such as theft of property or damage to contractor equipment.
All personnel should program the University Police number into their cell phones to ensure prompt reporting of emergencies. Do not call 911 from North or South Campus. (Emergency calls from off campus locations such as the Downtown Campus, Anderson Gallery, or the Darwin Martin House may go to 911 first, but must be followed up with a call to the University Police.)
All excavations shall be coordinated using the procedures of Dig Safely New York. Complete a Location Request Information Sheet.
If you are not trained in the Dig Safely system, obtain an Excavator’s Manual from one of UB’s designated underground facilities coordinators.
Excavations include but are not limited to:
The general procedure for excavations is outlined on the inside back cover of the Excavator’s Manual and summarized here.
Work Zone Safety
EH&S intends to review and update this procedure annually
|1||Title changed to Utility Locating Policy Added APR link, QR Code. References to UB contract locators added. Phone numbers updated.||4/26/12|
|2||All||Reformatted for web||1/2018|
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