EMP Checklist for Construction and Rehabilitation Activities
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EMP Checklist for Construction and Rehabilitation Activities


General Guidelines for use of EMP checklist:


For low-risk topologies, such as school and hospital rehabilitation activities, the ECA safeguards team developed an alternative to the current EMP format to provide an opportunity for a more streamlined approach to preparing EMPs for minor rehabilitation or small-scale works in building construction, in the health, education and public services sectors. The checklist-type format has been developed to provide example good practices and designed to be user friendly and compatible with safeguard requirements.


The EMP checklist-type format attempts to cover typical core mitigation approaches to civil works contracts with small, localized impacts. It is accepted that this format provides the key elements of an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) or Environmental Management Framework (EMF) to meet World Bank Environmental Assessment requirements under OP 4.01. The intention of this checklist is that it would be applicable as guidelines for the small works contractors and constitute an integral part of bidding documents for contractors carrying out small civil works under Bank-financed projects.


The checklist has three sections:


Part 1 includes a descriptive part that characterizes the project and specifies in terms the institutional and legislative aspects, the technical project content, the potential need for capacity building program and description of the public consultation process. This section could be up to two pages long. Attachments for additional information can be supplemented when needed.

Part 2 includes an environmental and social screening checklist, where activities and potential environmental issues can be checked in a simple Yes/No format. If any given activity/issue is triggered by checking yes, a reference is made to the appropriate section in the following table, which contains clearly formulated management and mitigation measures.

Part 3 represents the monitoring plan for activities during project construction and implementation. It retains the same format required for EMPs proposed under normal Bank requirements for Category B projects. It is the intent of this checklist that Part 2 and Part 3 be included into the bidding documents for contractors, priced during the bidding process and diligent implementation supervised during works execution.





A)                General Project and Site Information


B)                Safeguards Information


C)                Mitigation Measures


D)                Monitoring Plan



PART 1: General Project and Site Information




Project title


Scope of project and activity



(Name and contacts)


(Project Team Leader)


Project Management

Local Counterpart and/or Recipient



(Name and contacts)

Safeguard Supervision

Local Counterpart Supervision

Local Inspectorate Supervision







Name of site


Describe site location


Attachment 1: Site Map [ ]Y [ ] N

Who owns the land?


Description of geographic, physical, biological, geological, hydrographic and socio-economic context


Locations and distance for material sourcing, especially aggregates, water, stones?



Identify national & local legislation & permits that apply to project activity



Identify when / where the public consultation process took place



Will there be any capacity building?

[ ] N or [ ]Y if Yes, Attachment 2 includes the capacity building program


PART 2: safeguards information


Will the site activity include/involve any of the following??



Triggered Actions

A.      Building rehabilitation

[] Yes [ ] No

See Section A below

B.      Minor new construction

[ ] Yes [] No

See Section A below

C.      Individual wastewater treatment system

[ ] Yes [] No

See Section B below

D.      Historic building(s) and districts

[ ] Yes [] No ??

See Section C below

E.      Acquisition of land[1]

[ ] Yes [] No

See Section D below

F.       Hazardous or toxic materials[2]

[] Yes [ ] No

See Section E below

G.      Impacts on forests and/or protected areas

[ ] Yes [] No

See Section F below

H.      Handling / management of medical waste

[ ] Yes [] No

See Section G below

I.        Traffic and Pedestrian Safety

[] Yes [ ] No

See Section H below

PART 3: Mitigation measures




0. General Conditions

Notification and Worker Safety

(a)   The local construction and environment inspectorates and communities have been notified of upcoming activities

(b)   The public has been notified of the works through appropriate notification in the media and/or at publicly accessible sites (including the site of the works)

(c) All legally required permits have been acquired for construction and/or rehabilitation

(d)   The Contractor formally agrees that all work will be carried out in a safe and disciplined manner designed to minimize impacts on neighboring residents and environment.

(e)   Workers PPE will comply with international good practice (always hardhats, as needed masks and safety glasses, harnesses and safety boots)

(f)  Appropriate signposting of the sites will inform workers of key rules and regulations to follow.

A. General Rehabilitation and /or Construction Activities

Air Quality

(a)   During interior demolition debris-chutes shall be used above the first floor

(b)   Demolition debris shall be kept in controlled area and sprayed with water mist to reduce debris dust

(c)    During pneumatic drilling/wall destruction dust shall be suppressed by ongoing water spraying and/or installing dust screen enclosures at site

(d)   The surrounding environment (side walks, roads) shall be kept free of debris to minimize dust

(e)   There will be no open burning of construction / waste material at the site

(f)     There will be no excessive idling of construction vehicles at sites


(a)   Construction noise will be limited to restricted times agreed to in the permit

(b)   During operations the engine covers of generators, air compressors and other powered mechanical equipment shall be closed, and equipment placed as far away from residential areas as possible

Water Quality

(a)   The site will establish appropriate erosion and sediment control measures such as e.g. hay bales and / or silt fences to prevent sediment from moving off site and causing excessive turbidity in nearby streams and rivers.

Waste management

(a)   Waste collection and disposal pathways and sites will be identified for all major waste types expected from demolition and construction activities.

(b)   Mineral construction and demolition wastes will be separated from general refuse, organic, liquid and chemical wastes by on-site sorting and stored in appropriate containers.

(c)    Construction waste will be collected and disposed properly by licensed collectors

(d)   The records of waste disposal will be maintained as proof for proper management as designed.

(e)   Whenever feasible the contractor will reuse and recycle appropriate and viable materials (except asbestos)


B. Individual wastewater treatment system

Water Quality

(a)   The approach to handling sanitary wastes and wastewater from building sites (installation or reconstruction) must be approved by the local authorities

(b)   Before being discharged into receiving waters, effluents from individual wastewater systems must be treated in order to meet the minimal quality criteria set out by national guidelines on effluent quality and wastewater treatment

(c)    Monitoring of new wastewater systems (before/after) will be carried out

(d)   Construction vehicles and machinery will be washed only in designated areas where runoff will not pollute natural surface water bodies.

C. Historic building(s)

Cultural Heritage

(a)   If the building is a designated historic structure, very close to such a structure, or located in a designated historic district, notification shall be made and approvals/permits be obtained from local authorities and all construction activities planned and carried out in line with local and national legislation.

(b)   It shall be ensured that provisions are put in place so that artifacts or other possible chance finds encountered in excavation or construction are noted and registered, responsible officials contacted, and works activities delayed or modified to account for such finds.





D. Acquisition of land

Land Acquisition Plan/Framework

(a)   If expropriation of land was not expected but is required, or if loss of access to income of legal or illegal users of land was not expected but may occur, that the Banks Task Team Leader shall be immediately consulted.

(b)   The approved Land Acquisition Plan/Framework (if required by the project) will be implemented

E. Toxic Materials

Asbestos management

(a)   If asbestos is located on the project site, it shall be marked clearly as hazardous material

(b)   When possible the asbestos will be appropriately contained and sealed to minimize exposure

(c)    The asbestos prior to removal (if removal is necessary) will be treated with a wetting agent to minimize asbestos dust

(d)   Asbestos will be handled and disposed by skilled & experienced professionals

(e)   If asbestos material is be stored temporarily, the wastes should be securely enclosed inside closed containments and marked appropriately. Security measures will be taken against unauthorized removal from the site.

(f)     The removed asbestos will not be reused

Toxic / hazardous waste management

(a)   Temporarily storage on site of all hazardous or toxic substances will be in safe containers labeled with details of composition, properties and handling information

(b)   The containers of hazardous substances shall be placed in an leak-proof container to prevent spillage and leaching

(c)    The wastes shall be transported by specially licensed carriers and disposed in a licensed facility.

(d)   Paints with toxic ingredients or solvents or lead-based paints will not be used

F. Affected forests, wetlands and/or protected areas


(a)   All recognized natural habitats, wetlands and protected areas in the immediate vicinity of the activity will not be damaged or exploited, all staff will be strictly prohibited from hunting, foraging, logging or other damaging activities.

(b)   A survey and an inventory shall be made of large trees in the vicinity of the construction activity, large trees shall be marked and cordoned off with fencing, their root system protected, and any damage to the trees avoided

(c)    Adjacent wetlands and streams shall be protected from construction site run-off with appropriate erosion and sediment control feature to include by not limited to hay bales and silt fences

(d)   There will be no unlicensed borrow pits, quarries or waste dumps in adjacent areas, especially not in protected areas.

G. Disposal of medical waste

Infrastructure for medical waste management

(a)   In compliance with national regulations the contractor will insure that newly constructed and/or rehabilitated health care facilities include sufficient infrastructure for medical waste handling and disposal; this includes and not limited to:

          Special facilities for segregated healthcare waste (including soiled instruments sharps, and human tissue or fluids) from other waste disposal; and

          Appropriate storage facilities for medical waste are in place; and

          If the activity includes facility-based treatment, appropriate disposal options are in place and operational

H Traffic and Pedestrian Safety

Direct or indirect hazards to public traffic and pedestrians by construction

(b)   In compliance with national regulations the contractor will insure that the construction site is properly secured and construction related traffic regulated. This includes but is not limited to

          Signposting, warning signs, barriers and traffic diversions: site will be clearly visible and the public warned of all potential hazards

          Traffic management system and staff training, especially for site access and near-site heavy traffic. Provision of safe passages and crossings for pedestrians where construction traffic interferes.

          Adjustment of working hours to local traffic patterns, e.g. avoiding major transport activities during rush hours or times of livestock movement

          Active traffic management by trained and visible staff at the site, if required for safe and convenient passage for the public.

          Ensuring safe and continuous access to office facilities, shops and residences during renovation activities, if the buildings stay open for the public.


PART 4: Monitoring Plan




(Is the parameter to be monitored?)


(Is the parameter to be monitored?)


(Is the parameter to be monitored?)


(Define the frequency / or continuous?)


(Is the parameter being monitored?)


(if not included in project budget)


(Is responsible for monitoring?)

During activity preparation








During activity








During activity










[1] Land acquisitions includes displacement of people, change of livelihood encroachment on private property this is to land that is purchased/transferred and affects people who are living and/or squatters and/or operate a business (kiosks) on land that is being acquired.

[2] Toxic / hazardous material includes but is not limited to asbestos, toxic paints, noxious solvents, removal of lead paint, etc.