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In a message dated 11/13/2002 1:00:29 AM Eastern Standard Time, Ben.Yousefi(--nospam--at)ci.sj.ca.us writes:
Our experience has been that, unless you place all the relevant life safety information for a building on the plans, things have a tendency of getting overlooked


I would note that life safety is very definitely not the same thing as construction safety.  There is a tendancy to put safety requirement on the general notes "to make sure the contractor sees them".  Although the intentions are good, what this does is make the Owner liable for safety on the job.

In post-tensioning, the example would be the two requirements:
1.  Nobody should stand behind the jack during stressing.
2.  Warning signs need to be posted during stressing to keep unauthorized personnel out of the area.

These are OSHA requirements;  the specs should require compliance with OSHA.  Under no circumstances should these statements  be in the specs or on the plans.

Gail S. Kelley, P.E.