DOB NYC Building Update

“Effective May 2018, there is a new process in to resolve Energy Code Violations and Notices of Deficiency (NODs).
Email 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.”

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.”


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.


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.




“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

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.”


In The News: Health Department Investigating 3 Cases Of Legionnaires’ Disease At Co-Op City In The Bronx


“NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The city’s health department says it is investigating three cases of Legionnaires’ disease at Co-op City in the Bronx, including one elderly patient who died.

The Health Department said the cases occurred in three connected buildings at the complex within the last 12 months.

In a statement, health officials said the three patients who became sick had “conditions that increase the chances of getting Legionnaires’ disease.” Two patients have been released from the hospital, according to the department.

Health officials say they will be sampling the internal plumbing of the building to assess the potential sources of the disease. They say the complex does not have a cooling tower.

“Residents of this building who are over 50 or have underlying medical conditions should avoid showering until the investigation is completed,” the Health Department said, adding that tap water in the building is safe to drink.

Legionnaires’ disease is caused by breathing in water vapor containing the bacteria. It is not contagious and is treatable with antibiotics.

“(Residents) can reduce their risk by seeking care early,” Health Commissioner Mary Travis Bassett said. “It’s a very treatable infection but very often people delay care seeking.”

Symptoms include fever, cough, chills, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, confusion and diarrhea, officials said. Symptoms typically appear two to 10 days after exposure to Legionella bacteria.

“As always, adults with flu-like symptoms, fever, cough, or difficulty breathing should seek immediate medical attention,” the Health Department said. “Legionella testing should be considered by clinicians based on history, symptoms, and other findings.”

The city started regular, mandatory inspections of cooling systems after a deadly Legionnaires’ outbreak in the South Bronx where 12 people died.”


DOB Service Update

Construction Superintendents: Limit of Ten Jobs

“SERVICE UPDATE June 2010 APRIL 2018 Construction Superintendents: Limit of Ten Jobs

Effective April 30, 2018, the Department will not issue or renew a permit if the designated Construction Superintendent is already designated on ten (10) or more active permits. Change the Construction Superintendent Renew the permit to change the construction superintendent.

The permit cannot be renewed online and must be renewed in a Borough Office. Withdraw the Construction Superintendent A Construction Superintendent can be withdrawn from a project by submitting a signed letter of intent to withdraw to the Borough Commissioner’s Office in the borough in which the work is occurring. Release the Construction Superintendent Submit a request to release a Construction Superintendent from a substantially completed job by sending an email to .

Construction Superintendents and Contractors are encouraged to visit any borough office on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 between 4:00 to 7:00pm to renew permits related to the removal of a Construction Superintendent. For more information about the Construction Superintendent Rule, please refer to the New Construction Superintendent Rule Industry Notice. If you have questions about this notice, please contact”


DOB Safety Article


“NEW 2018 Safety Training Requirements

As a requirement of a new law, workers on most major construction sites must complete OSHA 10-hour safety training by March 1st, 2018.

When fully phased in by 2019, workers at job sites that require a Site Safety Plan (which includes sites that must designate a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator or Site Safety Manager) must receive a minimum of 40 hours of training.

Information on OSHA 10 Training / Más Información Sobre el Entrenamiento OSHA 10

Presentation on the New Safety Training Requirements

Details on the Safety Training Law

Construction is a dangerous business and workers must take every precaution to protect themselves from the risks of the job. Employers are required by law to provide construction workers with safety harnesses, but they are often not worn or connected to the anchorage point at all times due to a variety of factors, including inconvenience on the job.

A worker falling is the most common construction-related accident in New York City and experience alone does not make you invincible. No matter how many years you have worked in construction, you can lose your life if the appropriate safety measures are not in place. Please tie off when you are on the job.

The Department of Buildings is committed to promoting safe and compliant construction and improving quality of life for all New Yorkers. Since 2008, the Department has enacted more than 25 new laws designed to increase safety at construction sites. New regulations include a ban on smoking at construction sites, registration with the Department for contractors performing certain types of construction, demolition and concrete work, and uniform color-coding of sprinkler and standpipes.

Chapter 33 of the New York City Construction Codes outlines safeguards required during construction and demolition work.”

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DOBNOW Digest Article

“2017 was a big year for DOB NOW. We released nine additional work types in DOB NOW: Build along with boiler and façade filings in DOB NOW: Safety, and received a combined total of 90,000 filings through both systems. Stay tuned for more updates and additional work-type releases in 2018!

Recent Enhancements

On January 16, new enhancements were rolled out in DOB NOW: Inspections.

Construction enhancement: DOB NOW: Inspections now requires the public to upload certain electrical documents prior to requesting Place of Assembly inspections. This will greatly reduce the number of Place of Assembly inspection requests that are rejected because of improper or insufficient documentation that is required in order to conduct the inspection. Go to the Service Notice for more information.2

Plumbing enhancements: Applicants of record on a job are now required to go online to submit a Request for Plumbing Sign off for Certificate of Occupancy (CO) or Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO). DOB NOW: Inspections also added a new inspection type, Special Service Pump Test that can either be requested by the public or self-certified by a Licensed Master Plumber on both Sprinkler and Standpipe permits. Go to the Service Notice for more information.

Electrical enhancements: Applicants of record on a job are now required to go online to submit a Request for Electrical Sign off for CO. Go to the Service Notice for more information.

Certification of Objections: If DOB issued any certifiable objections on a development inspection, the public will now be required to upload at least one document as proof of correction when certifying an objection.

Additional information and detailed instructions on using DOB NOW: Inspections are available at the DOB NOW: Inspections Resources page.”


Understanding a Cooling Tower MPP Series – Part 7

Notification and Communication Strategies

For the last part of our MPP series we will talk about the communications requirement of RCNY 8-03. This component requires a management program & plan to identify how results from cooling tower related activities will be received by different team members, and ultimately notification given to the department of health if necessary. This area will also spell out the flow of results that require corrective action will be communicated and acted upon. Items that need to be covered by communication strategies are:

  • Process control activities (3x weekly testing, 1x week visual inspection etc…)
  • Weekly bacteriological indicators (i.e. dip slides)
  • Legionella Samples
  • Tower Inspection Reports
  • Any other cooling tower related monitoring or activities to maintain the system

By having this component in place, the department of health will have an understanding of how corrective action is to occur, and which team members responsibility certain aspects will fall under in relation to responding to the condition. As with other requirements during an annual inspection the Department of Health will verify if adequate documentation exists when referenced against the notification protocol.

For any help pertaining to Notification and Communication Strategies or any other MPP needs, please reach out to The Metro Group at 718-729-7200

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