CLIENT: Prudential Insurance / Harvest Properties
LOCATION: Santa Clara, California
The campus was constructed circa 2002 based on drawings dated December 2000. The campus does not have an OPOS (Operating Procedures Outline Sheet). Since August 22, 1998, Cal-OSHA has required that building owners maintain an OPOS on buildings over 36' in height. An OPOS is a document that describes how the safety and access equipment should be used for both window washing and façade maintenance. The OPOS is to be written by one of the few state-licensed Scaffolding Inspection and Testing agents (SIT). Due to the lack of an OPOS, Harvest Properties cannot retain a window washing company to wash the windows.
The campus not only has no OPOS, but there is missing equipment, as well as presently installed equipment of questionable safety. In its current state, the campus has an unsafe workplace for window cleaning and facade maintenance from suspended scaffolding.
For regular building maintenance, building owners must provide access that meets today's regulations. Older buildings are not grandfathered. Building owners are adding or augmenting their Exterior Building Maintenance (EBM) systems.