The purpose of this standard is to establish Safety requirements for Contractors.
The standard covers Safety rules that applies to the Contractors, Sub-contractors and
their employees working within SABIC and its affiliate facilities.
3.1 Contractor Employees: Personnel who are supplied by Contractor or sub-
contractor to work at the Affiliate site on full or part-time basis.
3.2 Prime Contractors: Companies or individuals contracted to perform work in
the facility, but not included under the SABIC or it’s Affiliates organizational
structure. Contractors can be hired to construct or modify process facilities,
perform maintenance work on process equipment, and in some cases operate
3.3 Shall: Signifies mandatory requirements.
3.4 Should: Signifies recommended/optional requirements.
3.5 Sub-contractors: Contractors hired by and responsible to Prime Contractors for
3.6 Worksite: The facilities of SABIC or its affiliate in which work is to be
SABIC and its affiliates shall develop procedures and programs that meets the
following requirements on Contractor Safety:
SABIC Industrial Security shall be consulted for any clarification to this standard. The
clarification given by SABIC Industrial Security shall be complied with and considered
4.1 Affiliate Contractor Coordinator:
4.1.1 Affiliates shall nominate a person to coordinate the activities of the
Contractors. The person nominated as Contractor Coordinator shall
ensure that all the requirements of this standard is complied with by
all the Contractors selected to work at his company.
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4.2 Contractor Selection:
4.2.1 Consideration shall be given to the contractor’s safety performance,
results of survey/audits of previous jobs assigned to them and their
accident prevention program during selection of the Contractors.
4.2.2 It shall be ensured that the contractor employees are trained and
qualified to carryout the assigned task.
4.2.3 Selected Contractors shall be provided with a copy of Affiliates
applicable procedures that is developed to meet the requirements of
4.2.4 Selected Contractor shall be provided with the copies of the Safety
procedures that are related to the work assigned to him.
4.3 General Rules:
4.3.1 Contractor shall designate and identify a representative responsible
for on-site safety performance.
4.3.2 All equipment, tools, crane, vehicle etc. brought by the contractor
shall be inspected to ensure compliance with the applicable SABIC
Safety Standard and Affiliates requirements. Only those equipment,
tools, crane, vehicle etc that meets the requirements and are
approved by the concerned Affiliate shall be permitted to be used.
4.3.3 Contractor employees shall comply with the concerned Affiliate’s
Safety rules and procedures.
4.3.4 Contractor employees shall follow Safety precautions and procedures
concerning specific operations and jobs. Work or task shall be
performed according to established procedure and with the
designated tools and equipment.
4.3.5 Contractor employees shall not start work until authorized by the
4.3.6 Contractor employees shall only carryout the assigned task
under a work permit issued by the Authorized Work permit
issuer of the area where work is to be performed.
4.3.7 Contractor employees shall bring only intrinsically safe Pagers inside
the Operating plants.
4.3.8 Contractor employees shall not bring Radios, Mobile phones, Firearms,
ammunitions, lighters, matches, or any other form of ignition sources
within the operating Plant. Such items shall be deposited with the
Security Guard at the Main Gate.
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4.3.9 Contractor employees shall not carryout photography or use video
camera within the operating plants without written approval of
Industrial Security management.
4.3.10 Contractor employees shall be communicated of areas where
smoking is permitted. Contractor shall provide smoking shelters that
are equipped with lighters, ashtrays and Fire extinguisher at the
worksite, if asked by the Affiliate management.
4.3.11 All temporary buildings of Contractors shall be located in an area
approved by the Affiliate Contractor Coordinator.
4.3.12 Horseplay, fighting, gambling, possessions of firearms or explosives,
use of regulated drugs or alcohol, being under the influence of
drugs or alcohol, theft, vandalism, sabotage, and distribution of
unauthorized literature shall not be permitted, Those involved in
such activities shall be removed from the worksite and shall be liable
for punishment by applicable law.
4.3.13 All temporary offices, office wiring including accessories installed
therein shall be subjected to inspection and approval of Affiliate
Contractor Coordinator. Any changes to approved wiring or
installation of new electrical accessories shall be submitted to
Affiliate Contractor Coordinator for review and approval prior to
implementation on site.
4.3.14 Contractor shall ensure that construction areas, site fabrication
shop, corridors, offices material storage area, etc. have adequate
natural or artificial lighting.
4.3.15 Contractor shall furnish adequate clean supply of portable water,
containers and disposable cups to Contractor employees for drinking
4.3.16 Contractor shall furnish adequate portable toilet facilities for his
employees. All portable toilets shall be kept clean and located in an
easily accessible area. If they are to be used at night, the area shall
have adequate illumination.
4.3.17 Contractor shall properly secure, transport, and use compressed gas
cylinders. Cylinders not in use shall be capped.
4.3.18 Contractor shall fuel vehicles from pump and hose, or from
approved safety cans.
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4.3.19 Contractor shall not perform any of the following jobs without the
specific permission of the concerned area Supervisor:
Make repairs or changes to existing equipment
Operate any valve, switch, or instrument control device.
Operate any utility services such as electricity, water, air,
Connect into existing pipelines
Connect into existing sewers
Connect into existing electrical system or electrically operated
Operate electrical equipment or electrical switches
Enter any closed vessel, tank, container, pit, excavations, or
other confined space
Perform work involving ionization radiation
Use company pipelines, electrical conduits, handrails, or
structures as supports for loads, ladders, or scaffolds
Use company structure, pipe or other equipment for attaching
blocks, lines, or other services which apply loads on the
Install guy lines across electrical lines
Operate cranes or derricks near electrical lines
Make excavations without adequate protection to prevent
sloughing and without fencing to prevent personnel from failing
Operate electrical equipment without grounding or GFCI
Move suspended loads without securing load to prevent swinging
Operate any metal-wheeled equipment without adequate
protection for the street paving.
Dispose any material at SABIC or its affiliates sites.
Use plant air for cleaning lines or sewers, or for breathing
Work on any machinery while it is in operation.
4.3.20 Contractor shall follow Affiliate’s procedures for safe handling,
storage and disposal of materials from the Worksite.
4.3.21 Contractor shall comply with the Royal Commission, KFIP and Saudi
Arabian government rules and regulations for disposal of debris,
waste material including hazardous, toxic chemicals.
4.3.22 Contractor shall provide signs, posters, warning lights, barricades,
and other devices/equipment necessary for any special situations or
temporary hazards created by the contractors work activity.
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4.3.23 All excavations made by the contractor shall be adequately
protected to prevent sloughing of earth, by shoring or sloping and
shall be protected against personnel slipping or falling into the
excavation. Contractor personnel shall not enter the excavation to a
depth where the person’s head is below the surface of the ground
without a permit (Refer to SABIC Safety Standard SF-134 on
4.3.24 Contractor shall guard or place appropriate barricades around
temporary openings in floor, temporary impairments to handrails,
stairways, or walkways. Existing machinery or equipment guards
shall not be modified or altered.
4.3.25 Work on electrical systems shall be conducted in accordance with
tag-out, lockout, and permit procedures.
4.3.26 When it is necessary for a contractor to operate cranes or lifting
operations within 4 meters of the vicinity of energized electrical
lines, the contractor shall review the hazards and precautions with
the concerned area Supervisor to determine whether the lines can
be de-energized. If the lines are to remain energized, the contractor
is responsible to install suitable guards to prevent an electrical arc or
accidental circuit condition.
4.3.27 Contractor supervisory personnel shall develop method/system and
implement it to ensure that all safety procedures are understood
and followed. Contractor supervisory personnel shall, at all times,
set a good safety example.
4.3.28 Contractors shall be accountable for their employees’ compliance
with the facility safety rules.
4.3.29 Where it is apparent that contractor employees are not following
prescribed plant safety regulations, policies, or procedures, the
person observing such situations should notify the concerned
Affiliate Contractor Coordinator, who will take the necessary action
to ensure that safe work conditions are maintained.
4.4 Training and Orientation:
4.4.1 Contractor employees shall not be permitted to work at the worksite
without formally being given orientation on Safety rules and
regulations, and emergency response of the concerned Affiliate.
4.4.2 Contractor shall be responsible for all of his employees to receive
the Safety orientation prior to beginning the work.
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4.4.3 Contractor shall formally inform the concerned Affiliate of any
deficiency or unique hazards associated with the way he will
carryout the assigned task.
4.4.4 The contractor employees shall be communicated of potential
process hazards associated with the assigned task, applicable facility
safety rules, emergency response provisions, and any potential fire,
explosive, or toxic hazards that may be encountered during the
contractors work in the unit.
4.4.5 Contractors shall be informed of hazard control measures and how
to secure additional information.
4.4.6 Contractor should conduct daily toolbox meeting and weekly safety
meeting with his employees. These meetings shall be used to
communicate the hazard associated with the assigned work and
specific precautions to be taken.
4.4.7 Contractor employees shall be trained and monitored at least to the
same levels as the facility employees who would be doing the same
job. Responsibility for conducting the training, documenting the
training, and verifying its effectiveness shall be confirmed during the
pre-job safety orientation meeting between the SABIC Affiliate and
the Contractor Supervision Representative.
4.4.8 Records of Safety orientation shall be maintained, till the assigned
task is completed.
4.5 Plant entry and Security Regulation:
4.5.1 Contractor employee’s entry into the facility shall be restricted and
controlled. Identification (ID) Card shall be issued to the contractor
employees who are permitted to enter the facilities. Identification
Card should be issued to the contractor employees only after they
have received the Safety orientation.
4.5.2 Entry of Contractor employees and vehicle to the Operating Plant
shall be restricted and controlled.
4.5.3 All tools and materials, other than trash, that the Contractor
removes from the Plant shall be accompanied by a Gate Pass,
obtained from authorized personnel from the concerned Affiliate.
4.5.4 Contractor shall be responsible for his equipment and material.
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4.6 Incident Reporting Emergency medical care and emergency response:
4.6.1 Contractor employees shall immediately report all incidents,
accidents, injuries, any hazard observed and damages to the
property, to the area supervisor.
4.6.2 Contractor shall maintain an incident investigating and reporting
system for incidents on SABIC or it’s Affiliate’s facilities. The report
shall clearly describe the incident, the causes, and contain all
recommended measures to prevent it from recurring. Near-miss
incidents that have potential for serious consequences are also to be
reported and investigated.
4.6.3 Contractor shall participate in investigation, if required by the
4.6.4 Contractors shall be responsible to develop, implement, and
maintain a fire prevention program specific to the work being done.
The fire prevention program shall include identification and control
of potential ignition sources, temporary fuel supply situations,
electrical wiring practices, and portable fire extinguishers (and their
inspection and maintenance). SABIC Affiliate fire and emergency
response equipment and systems shall not be used for non-
emergency activities and shall not be impaired (restricted access) by
contractor work activity.
4.6.5 Contractor shall provide emergency medical care facilities at
worksite for their employees as per the Government regulation,
prior to the start of the job. The contractor emergency medical care
shall also include provision/arrangement for emergency
4.6.6 Contractor shall make prior arrangement to ensure immediate
transportation and further treatment to his employees, if required.
4.7 Personnel Protective Equipment:
4.7.1 Contractor employees entering the operating plant shall comply with
dress and personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements.
4.7.2 Contractor employees shall wear either an overall or long trousers
and long or short sleeve shirts/jackets. Loose clothing shall not be
worn, and long hair shall be covered when work is performed
around machinery with exposed moving parts.
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4.7.3 Contractor employees shall wear hard hats, safety shoes and safety
glasses / goggles to enter the operating plant area. Other Personnel
Protective Equipment (PPE), as required because of the hazard
associated with the work performed, and those suggested by the
Work permit Issuer shall be used.
4.8 Tools and Equipment:
4.8.1 Contractor shall not use defective tools or machinery. The Tools and
Equipment brought by the Contractor shall meet the applicable
SABIC Safety Standard.
4.8.2 All lifting equipment brought into the operating plants by the
contractor shall have current certifications of examination and
testing by a competent examination body.
4.8.3 Contractor equipment brought onto company property shall be in
safe operating condition. Contractors shall ensure that the tools and
equipment are inspected and approved as per section 4.3.2.
4.8.4 Contractor shall construct Scaffoldings that meets the requirements
of SABIC Safety Standard SF-192.
4.8.5 Ladders used by the contractor shall meet the requirements of
SABIC Safety Standard SF-191.
4.8.6 All hand and power operated tools and similar equipment, whether
supplied by Contractor or by SABIC or its affiliates shall be
maintained in safe operating condition. Damaged tools shall be
immediately repaired or replaced. Tools shall be used only for the
purpose for which they were designed.
4.8.7 All electrical tools shall meet requirements of SABIC Standard on
Electrical Safety SF-160.
4.9 Mobile equipment and Traffic Safety:
4.9.1 Contractor employees driving vehicles shall be required to have a
valid Saudi Arabian Driving License for the class of vehicle being
4.9.2 All vehicles brought by the contractor shall conform to Saudi Arabian
Traffic Law regarding roadworthiness, licensing, insurance, spares,
and safety equipment.
4.9.3 Wearing of Seat belts shall be mandatory for the Driver and the
front seat passengers of all the contractor vehicles driven within
SABIC or it’s Affiliates facilities.
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4.9.4 Contractor employees driving vehicle shall comply with all posted
traffic signs, signals, and direction.
4.9.5 Forklifts, cranes, and special lifting motorized self-propelled
equipment shall only be operated by trained personnel and only with
authorization from the concerned area Supervisor.
4.9.6 Contractor shall obtain the travel route for their mobile equipment
and vehicle and shall strictly follow the designated route.
4.9.7 Contractors’ mobile equipment and vehicle shall be parked atleast 5
meters away from any hydrant. Also, the vehicle shall not block any
street, roadway, emergency vehicle, or emergency exit unless
authorized by the concerned area work Permit Issuer, as required
for work to be carried out.
4.9.8 Movement of trailer-type equipment shall be done using a properly
4.9.9 Contractor shall be responsible for the safe operation when using
vehicle or hoisting equipment. Only competent, trained and
authorized operators shall operate such equipment. Contractor shall
provide the Affiliate’s Contractor Coordinator a copy of operators
resume, which includes qualification and experience of the operator.
Contractor shall, at all times, keep job site (and adjoining premises,
driveways, walkways) clean and free from accumulated debris, trash, and
rubbish. Working and walking surfaces shall be kept in a safe condition.
Protruding nails in boards shall be bent down or otherwise guarded. At the
conclusion of the job, contractor shall be responsible to remove all remaining
materials, supplies, and trash and leave the area safe, clean and ready for
Periodic spot checks and field audits shall be carried out for each task being
carried out by the contractor for ensuring that the work practices and
conditions meets the requirements of this standard.
4.12.1 Records of Safety survey/audit for each job shall be maintained for
at least five years.
4.12.2 Record of Safety incidents, accidents and injuries for each contractor
shall be maintained for at least five years.
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