125 Allied Road, P.O. Box 1300
Auburn, Maine   USA   04211-1300
Tel: 207-784-1118   Fax: 207-784-1124

Copyright © 2007 Formed Fiber Technologies, Inc.    All Rights Reserved


Welcome to Formed Fiber Technologies. We are pleased to have selected you and your company to provide specialized services to us. You have been selected from among many who can provide similar services and we believe that we only engage the “best”.

The purpose of these guidelines is not to tell you how to do what you do best. They are simply a way of helping you to learn some of our primary values as we all work together here. Getting the job done either unsafely or with injury or damage is not, in our view, getting a quality job done. Briefly stated, our goal is to produce our product to meet and/or surpass the highest quality expectations of our customers, in the most cost effective way, safely - without risk of generating loss from injury to people, damage to equipment or to our facilities. Working safely is a prime value. It is a value which we expect our contractors to share with us. In our view, the only acceptable and successful project is one which is completed as designed, on time, and with no loss resulting from damage to people, equipment or facilities. All contractors are expected to adopt this definition of an “acceptable” and a “successful” project. The purpose of these guidelines is to outline for you, the contractor, the kinds and range of safe work practices we, at FFT, require of our own associates and, by extension, of all of those who work in our operations.

Our environmental, health and safety management practices are strict. We expect that they be followed by everyone who enters our facility. Each of our managers and supervisors are specifically required to enforce these standards with all employees, contractors, vendors and anyone engaged in activities on company premises.

These procedures have been brought together to inform / remind all contractors of FFT’s minimum safety requirements.   However, the procedures outlined in this policy cannot and do not attempt to delineate all safety standards and requirements that may apply to specific contractor operations. They are all based on standard regulations and commonly recognized industrial safe work practices. They are established to prevent loss and to fulfill our duty as a responsible employer and responsible environmental citizen. As a contractor, FFT holds you responsible for knowing and following all applicable regulatory standards regarding the work you are doing and to ensure that you and your employees comply with them. Failure to abide by these procedures will result in an FFT-initiated work stoppage until the violation is corrected. Similarly, we, at FFT, in view of our commitment to do all of our work safely and without loss of any kind, have established some procedures which go beyond regulatory standards.   We are hereby communicating these to you and we expect that they will be adhered to.   We will stop the progress of any project which fails to meet our safe work standards.

Finally, it is our expectation that you, as the contractor, inform all your employees and sub-contractors who you will assign to work at our site of these standards. We reserve the right to ask any contractor employee to leave the premises should there be disregard of our standards. “I did not know” is not an acceptable excuse. Such action could result in the work contract being suspended and the contractor being suspended.

We look forward to working with you and for both of us to produce an “acceptable” and “successful” project which meets and/or surpasses all of our expectations.

Contractor:   Any individual or firm engaged by FFT to perform construction and/or any other type of work or service on FFT premises. This group would include suppliers, repair/maintenance personnel, equipment installers and service personnel, construction contractors, utility, communications and service representatives.

Sub-Contractor:   Any individual or firm hired by a “contractor” and not an employee of the contractor. The Contractor is responsible for ensuring that any sub-contractor is informed of these procedures prior to beginning work in an FFT facility.   The “contractor” is, further, responsible for ensuring that the sub-contractor complies with these procedures.

FFT Project Manager:   An FFT employee or someone in the service of FFT responsible for the contractor’s work.


wear steel-toed footwear (or, wear steel toe protectors over their shoes) - Auburn, Maine facility only
wear eye protection
wear hearing protection (ear plugs or ear muffs)
wear shirts
wear appropriate protective clothing 

storage of clothing and personal belongings
eating or drinking except in designated lunch or break areas
smoking or use of smokeless tobacco, except as designated smoking areas as designated by the FFT representative
offensive language and harassment of any kind
use of any kind of an illegal or controlled substance (unless under a physician’s order) or use of alcohol
“wandering” into areas of the FFT operation where the specific contractor’s work does not require


Contractors are not authorized to store their equipment or supplies within FFT facilities without specific authorization (what, where and how much) by the FFT Project Manager. The FFT Project Manager is accountable for ensuring that the contractor’s storage practices do not interfere with the daily operating business of FFT. No flammable materials - beyond those needed for the day - will ever be permitted to be stored within the facilities without adequate fire prevention or explosion protection.



- Secure specific approval from the FFT Hazardous Materials Program Supervisor prior to bringing materials on site and prior to setting up a storage area
- Provide the FFT Project Manager with applicable MSDS sheets and ensure that all containers are labeled
- Dispose of hazardous materials waste legally and off site, or in coordination with the Hazardous Materials Program Manager.
- Tanks of hazardous gas (example: acetylene) may not be inside any FFT facility unless properly connected with a valve or held in a cart with the oxygen tank.
- Regulators shall be removed from the tanks and the valve capped when the contractor leaves for the day. No unconnected acetylene tanks or LPG tanks (empty or full) shall be stored inside any FFT building. If the contractor has extra tanks on site, storage must be arranged outside under the direction of the Hazardous Materials Program Supervisor.



NOTE: Poor housekeeping as determined by any FFT management official (the Department Manager where the work is being done, the FFT Project Manager, the Plant Manager, or the Maintenance Manager) could be cause for shutting down the job until the area in question is rendered satisfactory and safe.

                        NOTE:   Please take note, hazardous waste is not limited to and includes:

fluorescent tubs
batteries (of all kinds and sizes)


Prior to working on energized equipment the equipment must be locked-out and tagged-out (or positively blocked) at the source. EACH person working on an item of equipment must apply a lock and tag.





Should a particular job require contract personnel to use tight fitting negative pressure respirators, contractor personnel must be able to demonstrate to the FFT Project Manager that users have been medically cleared for their use, trained, fit tested and that the proper filter is being used. The contractor is responsible for providing his/her own respirators and filters for maintaining them and for storing them in a sanitary location.



This outline is designed to meet the vast majority of contractor projects. The FFT Project Manager has the discretion to require additional or alternative procedures if warranted in the specific circumstances presented by a contractor’s project.

It is entirely probable that at some time a contractor will be hired to do a very specific task (e.g.: service or install the radiation measuring units on the production lines). In such unusual situations, FFT expects that there will be a mutual sharing of information between the contractor and FFT to ensure that contractor personnel are not injured due to our work processes and the contractor must outline for us what we have to do to protect our associates from exposure to the specific hazards associated with their work. Agreed upon procedures will be seen as mandatory.

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Failure to comply with any of the published contractor work standards may result in the work being stopped or delayed until work standards are met, and/or the contractor being removed from the company’s contractor list.

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For more information, please contact:
Formed Fiber Technologies - Purchasing Department
207-784-1118 ext. 1135