01 35 44 Biohazard Disinfection
Free downloadable 01 35 44 Biohazard Disinfection specification for design professionals to create a project requirement for disinfecting buildings and spaces after exposure to biohazards including the COVID-19 virus.
Intended to cover preliminary activities in an existing structure before other work can begin. It should not be included in new construction, but could be utilized if biohazard exposure has occurred prior to occupancy.
Specifying biohazard disinfection has inherent issues that may make issuing this work as a separate contract the best approach:
- Errors and omissions insurance for design professionals typically excludes coverage for hazardous materials and procedures.
- Most general contractors and construction managers do not have experience in this type of work.
- A general contractor or construction manager will mark up this work if it is under their umbrella, so a separate contract can result in cost savings to the Owner.
- This work must be completed before a general contractor and construction manager can begin operations in an infected structure.
For additional information on this subject refer to the documentation provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including the following:
The SimpleSpecs™ master specs concept
Design professionals are accustomed to seeing lengthy project specifications, so why is SimpleSpecs™ so short?
Specifications have grown evermore wordy over the years for several reasons:
The mistaken belief that specifications must be lengthy and legal-sounding to be enforceable. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Having shorter, easily understood specifications makes us less likely to have problems in the field.
A belief that having lots of words protects us from a Contactor making mistakes. There is no way to include enough statements to protect yourself from a bad contractor, regardless of the length of your specification.
Our desire to be in control of the project by specifying means and methods instead of including simple, enforceable statements.
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