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    Title:

    Permit to Penetrate Ground or Existing Surfaces

    Publication date:

    4/19/2022

    Effective date:

    4/19/2022

    BRIEF

    Policy Summary

    Berkeley Lab policy requires a permit to penetrate ground or existing surfaces (a dig permit) for all work requiring excavation, drilling, or driving of stakes or poles into the ground. A permit is also required to penetrate all existing concrete surfaces such as floor slabs, walls, beams, or columns.

    A dig permit defines necessary steps for the safe penetration of ground, walls, or other existing surfaces on Berkeley Lab properties and addresses institutional requirements that must be completed before beginning any penetration work on any surfaces at Berkeley Lab.

    Dig permits are issued by LBNL Facilities Utilities Coordinator or Utilities Section Manager the Berkeley Lab Utilities Engineer. Subcontractors may obtain a permit through the project manager.

    Who Should Read This Policy

    All subcontractors, Berkeley Lab employees, or affiliates who intend to penetrate any concrete or soil surface.

    For More Details, Go To:

    The POLICY tab on this wiki page

    Contact Information

    Utilities Coordinator
    Facilities Division

    Permit Requests

    Title:

    Permit to Penetrate Ground or Existing Surfaces

    Publication date:

    4/19/2022

    Effective date:

    4/19/2022

    POLICY

    A. Purpose

    The purpose of this policy is to summarize the requirements for a dig permit for anyone intending to penetrate the ground, walls, floors, beams, columns, or other existing surfaces at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The permit defines the necessary steps for the safe penetration of ground or existing surfaces and addresses institutional requirements that must be completed before beginning any penetration work.

    B. Persons Affected

    All subcontractors, Berkeley Lab employees, or affiliates intending to penetrate concrete or soil surfaces.

    C. Exceptions

    • No dig permit is required for staking in soil no deeper than 6 inches using wood stakes.
    • No dig permit is required for gypsum board (sheetrock) wall penetrations provided that the area has been swept for active and passive electrical current by the Berkeley Lab Utility Coordinator or designee. Both sides of the wall require visual inspection for evidence of repairs, and the wall cavity must be visually inspected for hidden objects. The wall cavity must be inspected by cutting a square opening (not more than a 10-inch square and not more than ¾ inch deep) and visually inspecting within the surface penetration area for any hidden objects. Multiple openings may be made for complete inspection of the wall cavity if needed.
    • No dig permit is required for cutting asphalt berms provided the cut is less than 1⅝ inches into the underlying asphalt pavement.
    • No dig permit is required for drilling into shielding blocks, however scanning of shielding blocks is required to avoid rebar.

    D. Policy Statement

    Before penetrating any surface at Berkeley Lab (ground, walls, floors, beams, columns, etc.), a dig permit must be requested and obtained. No work that requires a permit may begin until the permit is approved by LBNL Utilities Coordinator and Facilities Engineering Department and posted at the job site.

    E. Procedure

    1. Subcontractor, or any other person, must request a dig permit at least ten (10) working days before beginning work to allow time for review and issuance of permit.
    2. Subcontractor must adhere to the conditions of the permit during work. The permit and all conditions in it are to be considered part of the work procedure and must be included in the subcontractor's bid package.
    3. In areas where a dig permit is not required, the subcontractor must verify by safe means, prior to drilling, that no utilities or services are within the area to be drilled.
    4. A dig permit is required for all concrete surface penetration work regardless of depth (walls, floors, and ground—including asphalt paving, etc.). For other types of penetrations, this permit is required if the penetration depth is greater than 1⅝ inches.
    5. A dig permit will not be issued if the area cannot be scanned or reliable data on utilities location cannot be obtained.
    6. The permit is valid for 45 calendar days from the time of issuance. One 45-day extension may be requested.

    F. Roles and Responsibilities

    Role

    Responsibility

    Subcontractor or Person Requiring a Permit to Penetrate

    • Must request a dig permit at least 10 days before beginning the penetration work by applying for a penetration permit or contacting the Utilities Coordinator
    • Must adhere to the conditions of the dig permit during such work
      • The dig permit and all conditions in it are to be considered part of the work procedure and must be included in the subcontractor's bid package
    • Subcontractors may not be Responsible Individuals (RI)

    Facilities Project Manager/Construction Manager

    • Follows up with the Facilities Division Dig Permit Office to ensure scope is understood
    • Ensures that the subcontractor adheres to the conditions of the dig permit
    • Responsible Individual (RI) shall obtain penetration permit. The RI must be an LBNL employee or affiliate

    Dig Permit Office

    Thoroughly inspects areas that require penetration, and issues a set of conditions, if necessary

    Utility Coordinator

    Sweeps areas for active and passive electrical currents

    G. Definitions/Acronyms

    Term

    Definition

    Penetration

    Any action that punctures existing surfaces

    Surface

    Physical element including ground, walls, floor, beams, columns, etc.

    H. Recordkeeping Requirements

    Issuance of a dig permit to penetrate ground or existing surfaces of Berkeley Lab property

    I. Implementing Documents

    Document Number

    Other Reference

    Title

    Type

    ADMN-053


    Permit to Penetrate Ground or Existing Surfaces

    Procedure

    07.07.006.004

    PUB-3000, Ch. 34, Work Process C

    Safe Work Procedures

    Process

    J. Contact Information

    Utilities Coordinator
    Facilities Division

    Permit Requests

    K. Revision History

    Date

    Revision

    By whom

    Revision Description

    Section(s) affected

    Change Type

    4/19/2022 2 E. Lahrs Periodic review: minor policy changes to align with current permit procedures. Contact info and R&R updates. All Minor

    6/27/2012

    1

    E. Tucker

    Rewrite for wiki

    All

    Minor

    1/2/2012

    0

    E. Tucker

    Rewrite for wiki

    All

    Minor

    DOCUMENT INFORMATION

    Title:

    Permit to Penetrate Ground or Existing Surfaces

    Document number

    09.04.001.000

    Revision number

    2

    Publication date:

    4/19/2022

    Effective date:

    4/19/2022

    Next review date:

    4/19/2027

    Policy Area:

    Utilities

    RPM Section (home)

    Facilities Management

    RPM Section (cross-reference)

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    Functional Division

    Facilities

    Prior reference information (optional)


    Source Requirements Documents

    Other Driving Requirements

    Implementing Documents

    Document Number

    Other Reference

    Title

    Type

    ADMN-053


    Permit to Penetrate Ground or Existing Surfaces

    Procedure

    07.07.006.004

    PUB-3000, Ch. 34, Work Process C

    Safe Work Procedures

    Process

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