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February 2010 Newsletter

What’s New

NYC Property Managers and owners are reminded that Cycle 7 of the Facade Safety & Inspection Program begins February 21, 2010. They should also be aware that the NYC Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC) will become effective July 1, 2010. The code will apply to all new building and alteration work.

Recent Projects

  •  Review of the circumstances regarding a fatality during a materials handling accident on a Queens, NY construction site
  • Pre-purchase inspection of a 22,000 sf structure in Valley Cottage, NY for a large Rockland County based not-for-profit association
  • Engaged for consultation regarding the circumstances of an accident at a place of worship in Rye, NY

Carbon monoxide alarm requirements to go into effect February 22, 2010

As the result of legislation, Amanda’s Law will go into effect on February 22, 2010.  It requires essentially all residences, both new and existing, to have carbon monoxide alarms installed.  The specific requirements differ for new and existing residences as well as when the buildings were built and subcategories of occupancy groups.

The proposal to modify the NYS Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, in order to comply with Amanda’s Law, is in the process of being adopted as an emergency rule.  Please click here to read the proposed code text and legislation.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to provide code consultations and inspection services to ensure compliance with such regulations and requirements.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients. 

EPA Lead Paint Rules to go into effect in April 2010 

Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.  To protect against this risk, the EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning in April 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

The EPA website can provide you with a variety of information regarding lead-based paint and the applicable effects and regulations.  The full text of the original and updated regulations set to take effect in April can be read by clicking here and here.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to test for and provide consultations on lead-based paint issues, as well as other hazardous materials such as asbestos, radon, emf, and others.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients. 

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