Reclamation Safety and Health Standards

As an agency, Reclamation has a responsibility to provide a safe and healthful working environment for all employees. Safety is a benefit to the individual, enhances productivity and quality in an organization, and provides positive results for the public taxpayer. The Bureau of Reclamation has long been actively engaged in the implementation of safety and health standards, and our future success depends, in part, on an aggressive commitment to the safety and occupational health program. Such commitment is integral to the Reclamation culture and is indicative of the pride we take in excellent performance.

Although this written safety document is extremely important, it is but one aspect of a comprehensive Reclamation safety program. Supervisors and managers throughout Reclamation aggressively encourage safe behavior and enforce safety procedures in every job. It is essential that all of us demonstrate safety leadership and foster a safe, productive culture.

Please submit questions, comments, or recommendations for revision to Charles 'Buddy' Byrd (Buddy Byrd).

Sections listed below were revised in October 2009 unless a later date is noted.

Section 23 – Tunnel and Shaft Construction

Section 24 – Blasting Operations

Section 25 – Concrete, Masonry, and Formwork (2021)

Section 26 – Steel Erection (2021)

Section 27 – Reclamation Drilling Standards (2021)

Section 28 – Watercraft and Dredging (2021)

Section 29 – Marine and Diving Operations (2021)

Section 30 – Tower Climbing Safety (2020)

Section 31 – Hearing Loss Prevention Program (2020)

Section 32 – Respiratory Protection Program (2020)

Section 33 – Hazard Communication Program (2020)

Section 34 – Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories (2022)

Section 35 – Bloodborne Pathogens (2021)

Section 36 – Asbestos (2022)

Section 37 – Lead Exposure Control Program (2021)

Section 38 – Safety and Occupational Health Program Evaluations (2021)

Section 39 – Motor Vehicle Safety (2021)

Section 40 – Accident Investigation and Reporting (2021)

Section 41 – Safety Inspection and Abatement (2021)

Section 42 – Collateral Duty Safety Representatives (2021)

Section 43 – Lone Worker and Remote Worker Safety (2021)

Section 44 – Life Safety Code Program (2022)

Section 45 – Heat and Cold Stress (2022)

Section 46 – Ionizing and Nonionizing Radiation (2022)

Appendix 4B – Job Hazard Analysis

Appendix B – Contractor Safety Program

Appendix H – Record of Performance—Inspection and Brake Test—Off-Highway, Wheel-Type Construction Machines, Loaders, Dumpers, Scrapers, Graders, Tractor Water Wagons, and Similar-Type Machines

Appendix J – Explosives

Appendix K – Glossary of Terms, Definitions, and Acronyms

Appendix L – Referenced Material

View superseded sections from 2009 and 2014 standards.

Last Updated: 8/22/22