A strong commitment to providing a safe and healthy workplace

Bechtel has a strong commitment to providing a safe and healthy workplace and protecting the environment, natural resources, and local communities that could be affected by project development. This philosophy is inherent in our approach to planning, designing, and constructing projects worldwide. To facilitate this approach, we have established minimum Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements that apply to all projects regardless of geographic location. Contractors selected to perform work on our project are expected to comply fully with all applicable laws, regulatory requirements, and Bechtel’s ES&H requirements, including the key requirements listed below:

  • All employees working on site will attend the ES&H new-hire orientation and daily pre-task meetings;
  • All employees should demonstrate a commitment to Bechtel’s "Zero Incidents" philosophy;
  • Managers and supervisors will participate in ES&H self-assessments, audits, and incident investigations; additionally, supervisors are responsible for conducting weekly "tool box" meetings to emphasize important ES&H issues associated with their work activities, including any deficiencies and corrective actions;
  • Pre-job planning, injury/illness cases, and hours worked will be documented;
  • All employees are expected to participate in a Behavior-Based Safety program, Zero Incidents team, and ES&H assessments;
  • All employees will be supplied with appropriate personal protective equipment (e.g., hard hat, safety glasses) and tools to allow them to perform their work safely, maintain equipment in good working condition, and operate equipment in accordance with the manufacturers' recommendations;
  • Good "housekeeping" will be maintained to promote fire prevention and sanitary conditions; and
  • An emergency response plan will be established and supported with all necessary equipment and training.

There are other ES&H requirements that may apply, depending on the contractor’s scope of work, site-specific conditions, or when specialized equipment is used. For example, contractors may be required to submit specific plans to us for approval prior to starting certain work activities, such as:

  • Fall protection plan when working at a height greater than 6 feet, where a fall hazard may exist;
  • Standard operating procedures (e.g., performing service or maintenance on equipment or machinery where an unexpected release of hazardous energy may occur; conducting work in a confined space, excavation, or trench); and
  • Health protection procedures where workers health may be jeopardized (e.g., exposure to sound greater than 85 decibels, working in a contaminated environment, handling blood or other bodily fluids).

If selected to bid for work, contractors will be provided with more detailed information on that project’s ES&H requirements. Contractors are expected to demonstrate in their bid proposal that they have applied appropriate ES&H requirements to the hazards associated with their scope of work. Each project will evaluate contractor responses and the results will be a factor in determining whether the contractor is awarded the work.

Contractors are responsible for selecting and holding their own suppliers and lower-tier subcontractors to the same standards and requirements that apply to their scope of work as set forth in their contract with each project.

In the event that a project’s ES&H requirements exceed a governmental law, regulation, or requirement, the more stringent requirement will apply.

Contractors will be responsible for conducting and documenting regular inspections and periodic evaluations of their work activities to ensure compliance with the project’s ES&H requirements. Contractor’s inspection and audit results will be made available to us for review.

The sections below provide additional information on important elements of Bechtel’s ES&H program.

Zero Incidents Philosophy

Bechtel has adopted a Zero Incidents philosophy that all work-related accidents, incidents, injuries, and illnesses are preventable. This philosophy promotes:

  • Constant awareness of each individual's responsibility to identify and eliminate unsafe practices and conditions in the workplace;
  • Building a safety team mentality such that all workers contribute to the effort, and all supervisors are fully aware of their team’s capabilities and limitations and are held accountable for the team’s actions; and
  • Building a culture in which everyone accepts responsibility and accountability for his or her own safety and health as well as the safety and health of coworkers.


Contractors are responsible for complying with all governing environmental laws, regulations, permits, and project plans (e.g., A Construction Environmental Control Plan) and are expected to employ effective field control measures, such as:

  • Storm water management
  • Spill prevention and response
  • Erosion and sediment control
  • Air emissions and dust control
  • Hazardous materials management
  • Waste management
  • Stop work procedures in the event of an unanticipated discovery (e.g., human remains, artifacts)
  • Cleanup & restoration of disturbed areas

Contractors, sub-tier contractors, and suppliers will be required to comply with all access restrictions, including prohibitions on access to sensitive resources (e.g., wetlands, archeological sites, special wildlife habitats) or areas adjacent to the worksite.

Depending on the contract amount and/or the scope of work, contractors may be required to develop an environmental compliance plan that conforms to all environmental permits governing the project and the requirements of the project-specific Construction Environmental Control Plan.

Safety & Health

Contractors are responsible for complying with all applicable safety and health laws, regulations, and codes; the project’s Safety & Health Plan; and the Contractor’s own safety and health requirements as they apply to their scope of work. Contractors may be required to provide a written Safety & Health Plan that specifically addresses the hazards and corresponding mitigation measures associated with their scope of work. Receipt, review, and approval of this plan is a condition precedent for mobilization payment.

Unless specified otherwise, contractors will be responsible for obtaining all necessary safety certifications and permits applicable to their scope of work. Prior to starting work, contractors will demonstrate that all applicable certifications and permits have been obtained.

Work crews are expected to perform daily pre-task planning to identify potential hazards and the corresponding mitigation measure(s) to eliminate or minimize the risk associated with performance of the work. Bechtel’s Job Hazard Analysis system and its employee pre-task planning process, known as Safety Task Analysis and Risk Reduction Talks, are the preferred pre-task planning methods. The contractor may use its own equivalent process, however, subject to project review and acceptance.

Contractors will maintain up-to-date medical records and provide weekly and monthly injury and illness reports, including hours worked, on a form provided by the project. Additionally, contractors will be required to track the status of injuries and produce weekly Safety & Health performance reports, which will be discussed with supervisory personnel in order to correct unsatisfactory trends.

Contractors will be responsible for promptly reporting all injuries and near misses to project on-site management and conducting an incident investigation in a timely manner. The incident investigation should focus on identifying and documenting the root cause(s), finding(s), and corrective action(s) to prevent the incident from reoccurring.

Contractors are required to provide an employee who is currently certified in first aid to render adequate treatment for their employees working on site. On projects that provide a first aid facility, contractors may elect to sign a hold harmless agreement and use the project-provided services.

Suppliers shall ensure the safety of any Bechtel project or customer representative while present at or in supplier’s plants and the plants of suppliers' sub-tier providers, including provision of appropriate personal protective equipment, as appropriate. If, at any time, a Bechtel, project or customer representative deems that the conditions at the supplier’s, or sub-tier contractor’s, facilities are unsafe and promptly notifies the supplier accordingly, the Bechtel, project or its customer representative shall be entitled to suspend their activities at such plants until such time as the unsafe conditions are resolved to reasonable satisfaction.