NYC Service Updates

Beginning August 1, 2018, applicants will be required to submit the following documents prior to the issuance of a permit and prior to sign-off for a new building (NB) or major Alteration Type 1 (Alt1) for a location flagged as Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH):

 Prior to Permit: a Permit Notice issued by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD);

 Prior to Sign-off: a Completion Notice issued by HPD.

To learn if your project is within an MIH area, refer to Appendix F of the Zoning Resolution. For questions, contact the Department of Buildings’ Borough Office. For more information on MIH, visit HPD’s website.

DOB NYC BUILDINGS SERVICE UPDATES

Effective August 1, 2018 Gas Test and Gas Finish self-certifications will no longer be allowed for work done in Brooklyn and Staten Island. A physical inspection witnessed by the Department of Buildings will be required.
All inspections must be requested using DOB NOW: Inspections. When requesting an inspection select one of the inspection types below:
 PL – Up to 3 Requested Floors
 PL – Up to 9 Requested Floors
 PL – More than 10 Requested Floors (3, 9, and 10 refer to the total number of floors you are requesting to be inspected) Important Note: When requesting an inspection you must enter in the Additional Information box the specific type of inspection being requested as:
Gas – Test
Gas – Finish
For Advance Notices for Gas Test and Gas Finish inspections in Brooklyn and Staten Island, submitted before August 1, 2018, you will still be able to submit certifiable results in DOB NOW: Inspections 24 hours from the time you indicated on your Advance Notice.
To request an inspection please log onto DOB NOW: Inspections at www.nyc.gov/inspections. For instructions on how to request an inspection using DOB NOW: Inspections please see the User Manual entitled Inspections: Requesting, Cancelling, and Viewing Results at:
http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/inspection_results.pdf work inside individual units where the notice of violation was issued for a shared common space.

 

Precautions taken at Columbus VA clinic after veterans diagnosed with legionnaires  

Staff closed all water fountains at the outpatient clinic while officials continue to test for Legionella.  This comes after doctors diagnosed two veterans with the legionnaires, but a total of five have the symptoms.

According to the CDC legionnaires disease is a serious type of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria. People get sick when they breathe in a mist or accidentally swallow water into the lungs containing Legionella.

A spokesperson with the center says doctors diagnosed one of the patients at Mount Carmel East, where they’re being treated now.  Doctors diagnosed the other inside of the VA’s urgent care center and that person is home right now.

VA officials tell us the Franklin County Health Department and Columbus Public Health have seen an increase in cases of Legionella over the past two weeks.  The city health department has seen 20 cases in the month of June and a total of 40 for this year.

The county health department says it’s seen 15 cases for June, which they say is not unusual considering rainier months generate a larger number of cases.

Sources:https://www.nbc4i.com/news/local-news/precautions-taken-at-columbus-va-clinic-after-veterans-diagnosed-with-legionnaires/1266221885

 

DOB Service Update

Beginning July 20, 2018, the Department’s L2 Form with the revised date of 08/17 in the lower right corner will no longer be accepted. Applicants or property owners must submit the updated L2 Form with the revised date of 06/18 when requesting an override, reduction or waiver of civil penalties for work without a permit.

The revised 06/18 L2 form and instructions clarify the eligibility requirements for overrides of civil penalties when submitting No Relationship to Violation (NRV) requests.

Revised L2 Form and Instructions Download Form Download Instructions No Relationship to Violation (NRV) Where a work permit is being sought by a tenant/lessee or an owner for a commercial space that neither addresses the existing work without a permit violation, nor is connected to the violation in any way.

The permit being sought must be to the benefit of an occupant not sited in the notice of violation. For residential spaces this applies only to condominium or residential cooperative owners for work inside individual units where the notice of violation was issued for a shared common space.

Sources: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/l2_form_sn.pdf

Legionella found in multiple locations at Wayne State

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Three campus cooling towers and three bathrooms have tested positive for Legionella bacteria on the Wayne State University campus in Detroit, according to a university communique released this week. Legionella is the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease.

The university began conducting tests after an employee who works in the Faculty Administration Building was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease on May 29. The employee, whose age and gender have not been disclosed, has been under the care of a physician since becoming ill. Their current condition is not known.

Preliminary results identified Legionella in cooling towers of the Towers Residential Suites, Purdy/Kresge Library and the College of Education Building. Remediation in the three towers has begun using the “prescribed disinfection process,” according to the university’s statement.

A private bathroom in the Faculty Administration Building, a first-floor men’s bathroom in Scott Hall, and a men’s bathroom in the Cohn Building also tested positive for Legionella. The bathrooms will be closed until they can be further assessed.

“As a result of these findings, the university will continue comprehensive testing of the campus, including potable water, to ensure all water sources are safe,” the university’s release stated. “The expert consultants will return to campus this weekend to continue sampling.

“Moving forward, we will work with the experts to re-evaluate our water treatment and monitoring protocols and make any necessary adjustments to ensure that this problem does not occur in the future.”

The university has notified the Detroit Health Department about the findings, and health department officials said they will assist WSU closely with the investigation moving forward.

Officials are unaware of any additional Legionnaires’ cases connected to the campus.

Students, employees or visitors to any of the buildings or bathrooms where Legionella was found and who have recently suffered from or are currently suffering from pneumonia- or flu-like symptoms (see below) should seek immediate medical attention from their health-care provider.

For updates on the university’s investigation, visit http://go.wayne.edu/fab-health.

 

Sources: https://www.legionnairesdiseasenews.com/2018/06/legionella-found-multiple-locations-wayne-state/

DOB NYC Building Update

“Effective May 2018, there is a new process in to resolve Energy Code Violations and Notices of Deficiency (NODs).
Email energycodeinspections@buildings.nyc.gov as soon as possible after receiving a Violation or Notice of Deficiency for an Energy Code infraction.
The email should include the following:
 property address in the subject line
 the violation # and/or complaint # (body of the email)
 the property address (body of the email); and
 contact name and phone number (body of the email).
Detailed instructions regarding how to proceed will be provided.
NOTE: Violations issued for not having plans on site can be resolved directly with the Administrative Enforcement Unit (AEU) by submitting a Certificate of Correction.”
Sources: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/energy_code_violations.pdf

Health Dept.: No new Legionnaires’ cases in Co-op City

Posted: May 10, 2018 4:38 PM EDTUpdated: May 10, 2018 9:47 PM ED

“CO-OP CITY –Residents of Co-op City’s Building 11, which was at the center of a Legionnaires’ disease scare two weeks ago, met with city health officials in the auditorium on Dreiser Loop Thursday evening.

Building 11 is actually three smaller buildings: A, B and C. They’re attached to one another and share a water supply. As News 12 has reported, three people from those buildings have contracted Legionnaires’ disease. One case was fatal.

Health Department officials informed the residents of those buildings Thursday that they found no new cases of the disease and that the risk of contracting it is very low.

Legionnaires’ is spread by water mist and is especially dangerous to the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

River Bay Corp., the property management company in charge of Building 11, last week installed a copper-silver ionization system to proactively disinfect the water supply.”

Sources:
http://bronx.news12.com/story/38163282/health-dept-no-new-legionnaires-cases-in-co-op-city

Legionnaires’ disease in NYC: What to know

A cluster of Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx is being investigated by health officials.

There are hundreds of cases of Legionnaires' disease

There are hundreds of cases of Legionnaires’ disease in New York City every year, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said. Photo Credit: Getty Images / iStockphoto / KuLouKu

Legionnaires’ disease sickened three people in the Bronx in the past year, leading to one death, city health officials said.

The cluster occurred in three buildings that share a water system in Co-op City, which is in the northeastern section of the Bronx. The water supply is being investigated by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Two of the three people who got the disease were hospitalized and released, while one, who the DOH described as elderly, died.

There are between 350 and 450 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the city every year, according to the DOH.

Here’s what you need to know about the disease:

What is Legionnaires’ disease and how do you get it?

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia that is caused by the Legionella bacteria.

The Legionella bacteria is found naturally in freshwater environments, such as lakes and streams, but when it grows in human-made water systems, like cooling towers, hot water tanks, showers and faucets, it can be a health concern, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Sources:https://www.amny.com/news/legionnaires-disease-nyc-1.18255577

DOB Service Update

REQUIREMENT: Injuries and Fatalities Must be Reported to Department Within Three Business Days

Local Law 78 of 2017 requires the property owner, contractor, subcontractor, or person otherwise in control of a construction site to report specific information about any site incident that resulted in a fatality or injury to a construction worker or member of the public to the Department of Buildings within three (3) business days. Owners and other responsible parties must use the Department’s online form to report details of the incident within three business days. The Injury/Fatality Incident Information form is also available on the Department’s Notification Forms page. Failure to submit the Injury/Fatality Incident Information form within three business days of the incident may result in a $2,500 civil penalty. Learn more about Local Law 78 of 2017.

 

Sources: http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/incident_report_sn.pdf

DOB SERVICE UPDATES

“Local Law 196 of 2017: Construction Safety Training Local Law 196 of 2017 requires workers and supervisors at certain construction sites receive safety training.

Applicability of Training Requirement Construction or demolition workers and supervisors (Site Safety Managers, Site Safety Coordinators, Concrete Safety Managers, Construction Superintendents and competent persons) at job sites that are required to designate a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator or Site Safety Manager must be trained.

See the chart below for examples of workers that require and do not require the training.

Please note that even if you fall into the column that does not require training, but engage in construction or demolition work at a site or serve as a Site Safety Manager, Site Safety Coordinator, Concrete Safety Manager, Construction Superintendent or competent person, you must receive training. If you are unsure whether the training requirement applies to you, send an email to LocalLaw196@buildings.nyc.gov.

SAFETY TRAINING REQUIRED SAFETY TRAINING NOT REQUIRED Construction Workers Building Site Owners Demolition Workers Project Managers Construction Superintendents (CS) Professional Engineers (PE) Site Safety Coordinators (SSC) Registered Architects (RA) Site Safety Managers (SSM) Developers Concrete Safety Managers (CSM) Delivery Persons Competent Persons Construction Managers Journeypersons Flag Persons Forepersons General Contractors Employees of DOB Licensees or Registrants DOB Licensees and Registrants that are not CS, SSC, SSM, and CSM Concrete Testing Laboratories/Concrete Inspectors Filing Representatives Security Officers Special Inspectors Service Technicians Consultants Actively Proctored Online Training An actively proctored online training consists of:

1) Online training taken in a classroom with a proctor;

2) Online training that at a minimum requires the individual receiving the training to:  Declare they are the individual who received the training and the training was received without assistance; and  Have their participation monitored at random times to ensure the individual receiving the training is present for the entirety of the training.”

Sources:

https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/cons_safety_sn_reminder.pdf