Demolition, Renovation, & Lead

Demolition and Renovation

Construction at BU and BMC is defined as all new construction or any project that involves the removal of walls or smoke walls and/or the erection of same or any work which compromises the Life Safety Code shall be considered a construction project. In addition, any project that involves hazardous materials, or in the opinion of a representative of the EHS or the Construction Project Manager, has the potential for providing a hazard that could compromise safety, shall be considered a construction project requiring the implementation of one or more of the measures outlined in this plan.

Prior to commencing work on any construction project the Project Manager and the Principal in charge of each contracting firm on the project will read, acknowledge and sign the Contractors Agreement. They will also be responsible for ensuring that all project worker (in-house or contractors) have each been trained on the site specific safety plan.

Contact EHS for more information.


Boston University and Boston Medical Center (BU / BMC) Lead Safety Management Program has been developed to outline work procedures for employees that may disturb lead-containing materials during the course of their work. Lead containing material is defined as any paint or surface coating that contains lead equal to or in excess of 1.0 milligrams per square centimeter or more then 0.5 percent by weight.

Materials likely to contain lead include, but are not limited to; latex and oil-based paints manufactured before 1978, radiation shielding materials, plumbing joints, solder, pipe wrap and other materials used as soundproofing. Examples of construction and renovation operations performed that may result in lead exposure include: sanding, scraping, cutting, grinding, welding, demolition, drilling and sandblasting lead-based product.