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Tips for Writing a Scope of Work Part 2

A scope of work (SOW) is a vital part of a construction contract and the guiding force behind a project. It provides guidelines for what a construction project is supposed to produce, high level instructions for the roles of all those involved, and administrative instruction. When created accurately, the scope of work can be instrumental in preventing disputes and delays from occurring. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have a Miami construction attorney help you create one for your project.

In the first part of this series, we gave a basic outline of the components that must be included to create an effective SOW. Additionally, these components should be added to the SOW as well:


Including a glossary is a good practice for any SOW. However, it’s especially helpful if there are a number of acronyms being used or if the project has a number of highly technical details.

Environmental Requirements

Construction projects aren’t produced in a bubble. Often there are a number of environmental factors that either impact the project or can be impacted by the project. An environmental requirements component of the SOW may include:

  • Noise requirements
  • How the project will adhere to specific environmental laws for where the construction is taking place
  • Sustainability requirements

Quality Requirements

With any construction project, quality matters. By putting specifications in the SOW relating to how quality is achieved and measured, you enhance your ability to produce the desired result.

Safety Measures

It’s important to list the methods for which you will keep workers and people around your construction project safe in the the SOW. The SOW should include information about who is responsible for safety inspections and safety-related equipment. The SOW should also state the procedures that must be followed should someone get injured on the jobsite. Also, the person who is responsible for OSHA compliance should be listed.

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.