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April 2019 Newsletter

What’s New

We are pleased to announce that firm president, Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., F.NSPEhas been appointed by the Rockland County Executive, with Legislature confirmation, to the Rockland County Home Improvement Contractor Licensing Board.

Recent Projects

  • Consultation regarding domestic hot water system concerns at a Manhattan multi-family dwelling
  • Evaluation of building code compliance for municipal filing for alterations to a residential structure in Sloatsburg, NY
  • Forensic engineering consultation regarding worker safety during a window repair project at a medical facility in Brooklyn

NY State General Business Law § 399-ccc Smoke Detecting Devices

On March 7th NYS Department of State, Division of Building Standards and Codes, reported that “the Law titled “Smoke Detecting Devices,” which becomes effective on April 1, 2019, pertains to battery-operated smoke detecting alarm devices. The text of The Law is provided here….The Law states in part “It shall be unlawful for any person or entity to distribute, sell, offer for sale, or import any solely battery operated smoke detecting alarm device powered by a replaceable, removable battery.  All solely battery operated smoke detecting alarm devices that are distributed, sold, offered for sale, or imported, shall employ a non-removable, non-replaceable battery that powers the device for a minimum of ten years”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. makes it a priority to remain aware and knowledgeable of such regulatory developments, as well as the availability of new products, systems, and detectors, so that we can keep our clientele informed of such developments which might affect their projects we are working on.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

OSHA Drops Requirement to Electronically Submit OSHA Forms 300 and 301

On March 8th The American Society of Safety Professionals reported that “OSHA has issued a final rule that eliminates the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 and Form 301 each year. These establishments must still maintain those records on-site and must continue to submit information from their Form 300A”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with our clients, including building and unit owners, property managers, employers, real estate developers, builders, attorneys, contractors, insurance professionals, adjusters, building superintendents, and other related parties on workplace safety matters, including when accidents occur or are alleged. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

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