Environmental Construction Procedures

Contractor Requirements & Responsibilities

Contractors are solely responsible for cleaning up and properly disposing of all spilled pollutants brought to the site as part of the contractor's work, including oil, paint, fuels, antifreeze, solvents, etc. in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Contractor must keep accurate records (such as receipts, copies of analytical results, etc.) indicating proper disposal of spilled materials in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Furthermore, Contractor is responsible for ensuring that all discharges from the site are in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

No substance may be dumped or leaked onto the ground or allowed to run-off of a construction site that might cause pollution. Be aware that the contractor is responsible for preventing pollutant contaminated run-off and proper disposal of all waste materials generated as a result of the contractor's activities.

Notification Requirements & Procedures

UT EHS (512-471-3511) should be notified immediately in the event of:

  • Any spill that threatens to enter a storm sewer or watercourse
  • Any potential asbestos containing material
  • All petroleum spills e.g. hydraulic fluid, transmission fluid, diesel, gasoline, etc.
  • Any hazardous or unknown material spill, e.g. many solvents, cleaners, etc.
  • Any discharge from your site which you suspect may be in violation of City Code, state regulations, or other applicable laws and regulations, e.g. discharges which are cloudy, foul smelling, colored, contain chemicals or heavy sediment loads

Notification can be accomplished by calling the UT-Austin EHS at 512-471-3511 (press “0” during the recording if not during normal working hours).

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*The University of Texas at Austin Environmental Health and Safety Department would like to acknowledge the assistance of the City of Austin Watershed Protection Department for the use of some of the information contained within these documents.

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