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Worker Safety & Health Program (WSHP)

WSHP For Subcontractors

Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 851 (10 CFR 851), Worker Safety and Health Program, requires that all tiers of subcontractors supporting the Department of Energy (DOE) mission must be in compliance with this Rule. This website contains information that will need to be reviewed and followed in order to reduce the risk of accidents, injuries, or illnesses, and reduce the risk of civil or contract penalties enforced by the Dept. of Energy.

Question: What is a “DOE contractor”?

Title 10 CFR § 851.3, Definitions, defines “contractor” for the purposes of the regulation as “any entity, including affiliated entities, such as a parent corporation, under contract with DOE, or a subcontractor at any tier, that has responsibilities for performing work at a DOE site in furtherance of a DOE mission.” A “DOE contractor” for purposes of the regulation, must have a contract to perform services, as opposed to merely providing supplies, “In furtherance of a DOE mission” is defined as “doing work that DOE authorized” (either directly or through the prime contractor).

Note: according to the DOE, “Vendors, delivery persons and others who do not have service contracts with DOE or, who are not subcontractors to such contractors, are excluded from the requirements of Part 851.” This would then, for example, exclude vendors providing supplies only.

For questions on SLAC’s WSHP contact Mike McDaniel




Construction Subcontractors

See Requirements for Construction Subcontractors for details.


Construction Subcontractor
An individual or firm hired by SLAC to execute a construction project. Includes any lower tiers of contractors hired by a construction subcontractor (sub-subcontractors) to assist with the execution of a specific construction contract.

Any combination of engineering, purchasing, erection, installation, assembly, demolition, or fabrication used to create a new facility, or to alter, add to, rehabilitate, dismantle, or remove an existing facility. It also includes the alteration and repair (including dredging, excavating, and painting) of buildings, structures, or other real property, as well as any construction and excavation activities conducted as part of environmental remediation efforts.

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