Pipecaster Issue 1: Vol. 44

Plumbing Foundation Hosts Webinars on Gas Laws for Plumbers, Engineers, and Building Owners

In February, the Plumbing Foundation held a three-part legal and regulatory webinar series each focused on how New York City gas laws impact a particular sector of the industry: licensed plumbers, professional engineers, and building owners and managers. In 2016, a series of local laws established new regulatory oversight and mandatory inspections for natural gas systems across NYC. Since most of those laws have come into effect over the past year, the Plumbing Foundation is often asked about the new requirements. These webinars hosted panels of experts who discussed these requirements in detail and covered specific stakeholder obligations and risk of non-compliance to local laws specific to natural gas systems, obligations under the new laws, regulatory enforcement by the NYS Department of Public Service (DPS) and the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB), detailed information on staggered mandatory inspection due dates as determined by Community Board number across all five boroughs, roles and responsibilities of public utilities, and the responsibilities of Licensed Master Plumbers and Professional Engineers and knowing when each is required. Our expert panelists comprised representatives from the NYC DOB, Con Edison, National Grid, Northeast Gas Association, Clarity Testing Services, City Calibration, and Rudin Management, as well as experienced licensed plumbers and professional engineers, including from The PAR Group, Jaros Baum & Bolles, and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) of NYC. Our webinars were recorded and placed on our website (plumbingfoundation.nyc) for a limited time, but if people would like free access to one or all three after the limited runs have expired, please email us at info@plumbingfoundation.nyc.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Minor Plan Changes Require a Post Approval Amendment

The NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) issued a notice that beginning March 15, 2021 any jobs with minor plan changes must be submitted as a Post Approval Amendment (PAA).
  • For BIS Jobs: an AI1 form for minor plan changes cannot be submitted in eFiling for jobs after approval unless it is submitted as a Post Approval Amendment (PAA). Submit a PW1 with an AI1 Additional Information form that specifies the submission is part of a PAA and identifies the plan changes. Upload the new plans in eFiling and select New PAA. Include in the comments section the reason for the PAA and circle the information that has changed on the plans. Include a description of the changes in the Comments section of the PW1. Once the PAA status is PAA Fee Due, pay the fee in eFiling using the Express Cashier Payments module. For professional certification jobs, upload a completed PW1 form that indicates Okay for Approval in eFiling and select Approval for PAA. For resubmission of a standard plan review job, submit in eFiling as Minor Plan Change/PAA.
  • For DOB NOW Jobs: an AI1 for minor plan changes cannot be submitted to the DOB help form for jobs after approval. Submit a Post Approval Amendment (PAA) in DOB NOW. Upload as a single PDF a full plan set and include an AI1: Additional Information form as the last page that specifies that the submission is part of a PAA and identifies the plan changes. Include a description of the changes in the Comments section of the Plans/Work tab (PW1).

For more information, please reference the NYC DOB service notice:

www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/minor_plan_changes_sn.pdf

NYC Buildings Bulletin 2021-001

What you need to know… Buildings Bulletin 2021-001 Issued: March 1, 2021

Highlights

The 2014 NYC Fuel Gas Code does not allow the use of any Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) pipe for gas venting appliances. However, Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC) pipe that is listed is permitted for venting of Category IV appliances.

The Plumbing Foundation testifies in support of Intro No. 1576 at Committee on Environmental Protection Hearing

On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, Terence O’Brien, Senior Director of the Plumbing Foundation, testified virtually at the NYC Council Committee on Environmental Protection Hearing in support of Intro. No. 1576, which proposes to increase the penalties imposed on owners failing to comply with the mandatory installation of and reporting requirements for backflow prevention devices. “Backflow” occurs when drinking water is contaminated by hazardous substances. It happens when street pressure pushes water into buildings where dangerous materials and chemicals may exist, and no device prevents that now contaminated water from re-entering the drinking water supply. Sometimes water flow can be reversed due to a water main break or a mistaken or accidental cross connection between the building’s water distribution and drainage systems. Therefore, it is vital that buildings install and maintain backflow prevention devices to prevent the harmful results of contaminated water, which can contain bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella. Senior Director O’Brien urged the passage of Intro. No. 1576 to properly incentivize compliance with the law. The NYC Administrative Code currently allows first-time fines to be imposed anywhere from $50–$1,000 for violation of the requirement to install a backflow device. Such fines do not provide enough of an incentive for owners to comply with the law. In a former Council hearing, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) clarified that the Department fines building owners $500-$5,000.* In contrast, a backflow device itself can cost up to $20,000. This is why the industry believes fines should be increased, so that owners do not continue merely paying the lower fine but rather comply with the law and actually install the required devices. Mr. O’Brien testified that Intro. No. 1576 provides a real method to address the problem as outlined above for penalizing noncompliance. It would increase the monetary penalties to be imposed on a building owner or operator who fails to comply with installation and reporting requirements for backflow prevention devices. The installation of backflow prevention devices is a public health priority. It is apparent that the understanding of and compliance with backflow prevention is still an issue at large in the City. Steep fines must be imposed on owners who fail to comply with the law in order to property incentivize compliance. *Hearing on Intro. No. 821, Committee on Environmental Protection, The New York City Council (Oct. 30, 2017).

Site Safety Training 40-Hour Requirement in Full Effect

The NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) issued a reminder that beginning March 1, 2021 construction and demolition workers at job sites with a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator, or Site Safety Manager must have a Site Safety Training (SST) Card issued by a DOB-approved course provider. In consideration of the additional time it may take between completion of the training and when the SST Card is printed and issued, a printout of the front of the SST Card, issued by a DOB-approved course provider, will be acceptable proof a worker is trained for a period of 60 days from issuance. Digital SST Cards connected to an interactive and secure application will also be acceptable. New entrants to the construction and demolition workforce can begin working at the above sites after obtaining a Temporary SST Card from a DOB-approved course provider. A Temporary SST Card can be obtained upon completion of an OSHA 10-Hour course and is valid for six months from the date of issuance while the worker obtains the remaining 30 hours of training.

For more information, please reference the NYC DOB service notice:

www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/ll_196_0321_sn.pdf

Local Law 152 of 2016: Extensions for CDs 1, 3, 10

As a reminder, the NYC Council adopted a law (Local Law 12 of 2021) extending the due date for compliance with Local Law 152/2016 building gas system inspections for buildings in Community Districts 1, 3, and 10 from December 31, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

For more information and the updated schedule of inspections, please visit the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) website:

www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/ll152_deadline_extension_sn.pdf

Gas Explosion in Bronx Likely Result of Illegal Plumbing Work

On Thursday, February 18, 2021, a gas explosion in the Bronx led to 10 injured people, 6 of whom were children, and forced a mother to throw her baby out of her second-story window to a neighbor. The incident occurred at 1522 Paulding Avenue. “This is another unfortunate reminder of how illegal gas connections can result in horrific consequences. Only licensed master plumbers are legally permitted to safely install natural gas connections. That is why we are aggressively educating building owners, managers, engineers and plumbers on how to inspect gas lines in compliance with current laws, and we are fully supportive of the city’s efforts to crack down on illegal connections” said April McIver, Executive Director. The Plumbing Foundation commends the first responders, the NYC Department of Buildings, and the utility company for responding to the explosion in a timely manner, as well as the Red Cross for relocating the families impacted by the explosion. The NYC DOB reported that gas lines, water pipes, and laundry equipment were illegally installed in a ground-floor garage of the building and that the work was performed without proper permits. The property owner has been issued violations for such illegal work.

THE PLUMBING FOUNDATION’S ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT

Since its establishment in 1986, the Plumbing Foundation has worked diligently to ensure the plumbing industry has as little a “carbon footprint” on New York City as possible. The plumbing industry has historically utilized environmentally friendly materials such as recycled cast-iron and copper piping/fittings. The Foundation will continue in its role of protecting New York City as well as being an advocate for the environment by strengthening its water/sanitary regulations and thereby reducing wasteful water consumption in the City.
THE PIPECASTER is published by the Plumbing Foundation City of New York, Inc. 535 Eighth Ave., Fl. 17, New York, NY 10018 | Phone (212) 481-9740 | Fax (212) 481-7185 | (E) info@plumbingfoundation.nyc
Lawrence J. Levine, Chairman; Louis J. Buttermark, Vice Chairman; Barr Rickman, Treasurer; April McIver, Executive Director; Terence O’Brien, Editor. Board of Directors: George Bassolino, Paul Belli, Marc Breslaw, Louis J. Buttermark, Harris Clark, Alex Greenberg, Nicholas Katragis, Angelo Lemodetis, Lawrence J. Levine, Scott Lyons, Barr Rickman, Richard Turchiano

Pipecaster Issue 4: Vol. 43

NYC Council to Extend Local Law 152/2016 Compliance Deadline

The NYC Council introduced No. 2151-A to extend the compliance date for Local Law 152 gas piping system inspections for buildings in Community Boards 1, 3, and 10 in all boroughs from December 31, 2020 to June 30, 2021. The Housing & Buildings Committee held a hearing on December 2, 2020. According to the bill sponsor, Council Member Daniel Dromm, building owners in his district stated they are experiencing hardships with complying with the upcoming deadline. The Plumbing Foundation testified at the December 2nd Hearing urging the City Council to impose practical restrictions on the extension and to amend the Local Law to address several flaws, including redefining tenant space to mean only residential tenant space is excluded, requiring the leak survey report to be submitted to DOB, and aligning the inspections with the utility inspection schedule. We will update the industry on any revisions to the bill and if/when it is adopted by the Council.

Master Plumber & Master Fire Suppression Contractor License Renewal

Please be advised that the Construction Trades License Training Corporation will be holding virtual license renewal courses in the first quarter of 2021, dates to be determined. Please check our website for registration information: nyconstructiontrades.org Please also be advised that the license renewal process is through DOB NOW and you must submit your license renewal application 60 days prior to your renewal date (no earlier/no later) to ensure you renew your license on time. There is a 15-day turnaround for approval / rejection and if you have to correct your application, you must resubmit the entire application and another 15-day waiting period will begin. The NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) and the Plumbing Foundation strongly urge licensees to carefully review your application prior to submission to avoid having to correct any portion(s), extending the time until your license will be renewed. Please use the Department’s checklist to ensure all documentation is attached to your application. DOB is seeing a lot of issues with licensee business information that has changed since the last renewal period. If any of your business information has changed, you must take this into consideration when renewing and ensure you have the proper documentation (e.g. minutes) to submit to DOB. If you have further questions, please reach out to us at info@plumbingfoundation.nyc.

NYC DOB Seeks to Allow Unlicensed Entities to Conduct Appliance Hookups

The NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) has proposed to revise the Plumbing Code to remove the requirement that a Licensed Master Plumber has to conduct gas appliance hookups. Please see below the joint Association of Contracting Plumbers (ACP) and Plumbing Foundation letter submitted in response to such proposal.

See Following Letter:

October 20, 2020 Constadino (Gus) Sirakis, PE First Deputy Commissioner NYC Department of Buildings 280 Broadway, 7th Floor New York, NY 10007 Dear First Deputy Commissioner Sirakis: We issue this joint letter on behalf of the Plumbing Foundation City of New York, Inc. (a trade association representing NYC Licensed Master Plumbers, engineers, manufacturers, and supply houses whose mission is to ensure the enactment and enforcement of safe plumbing codes) and the Association of Contracting Plumbers of the City of New York (ACP), the bargaining party to Plumbers Local 1. We work with our members, industry stakeholders, and policy makers to ensure NYC adopts and enforces safe plumbing codes and rules in the interest of the public health. One of the most important topics to our industry is gas safety. The Plumbing Foundation works to combat unlicensed plumbing work as the industry is well aware of the deadly consequences from such work, especially gas work. As per the NYC Building Code, building owners must hire licensed, qualified plumbers to conduct any gas work, whether it is an inspection, repair, or replacement of a full gas system. We actively engage with state and city decision makers, utility companies, and other associations on the topic of gas safety since, as you are aware, NYC experienced catastrophic-and deadly-gas explosions in 2014 and 2015. In response, the NYC Council passed a package of gas safety bills in 2016 to tighten up the Code requirements surrounding gas work and inspections. As such, it seems counterintuitive and illogical that the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) proposes a new section 28 105.4.7 regarding the replacement of existing appliance and flexible gas tubing which allows unlicensed entities to perform gas work. It is for the reasons detailed below, which are not exhaustive, that our organizations are adamantly opposed to the Department’s proposal and will do everything within our power to prevent this degradation of the plumbing license and potential safety issue from occurring.

Experience and Training is a Public Policy and Safety Matter

It is counterintuitive that DOB would propose allowing unlicensed, untrained entities to hook up appliances since the current laws and regulations act ually require enhanced training and experience for licensed plumbers and their technicians working directly under them. This is true on several levels. First, the NYS Public Service Commission passed new changes to Title 16 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations (“NYCRR”) Part 255 that require licensed master plumbers and their technicians conducting gas work and inspections on jurisdictional gas piping to be operator qualified in related covered tasks, which entails a 7-hour training, written and practical exam, and random drug and alcohol testing. The 7-hour training has often been referred to as enhanced safety training for already experienced plumbers and covers what must be identified as abnormal operating conditions during gas inspections, including corrosion, deterioration, illegal hookups, etc. Similarly, Local Laws 150 and 152 of 2016 require additional training and examinations of plumbing technicians to conduct gas work and inspections on building gas piping. The same 7-hour training applies to Local Law 152 periodic gas inspection qualification requirements, which is in addition to the 5-year experience requirement as set forth in rule by the Department. Therefore, it makes no logical sense why the Department would expect or allow an unlicensed, untrained entity or person to identify “corrosion or deterioration” as proposed in section 28-105.4.7.2. Only licensed, trained, and experienced individuals can make such a determination, the enforcement of which the Department plays a major role in. To suggest as a “fail safe” for unlicensed entities and persons installing gas appliances is that they cannot do so unless the condition of the gas cock and valve-which otherwise would be determined by LICENSED and TRAINED individuals—is “good,” is not a fail safe at all. It severely undermines the current training and qualification requirements set forth in the 2016 laws and ensuing rules, and is completely in contradiction to the public policy of improving gas safety.

DOB and Utility Oversight is Crucial

In addition, DOB’s proposal undermines the oversight functions of both the Department and the utility companies. This proposal would allow unlicensed entities to perform such appliance installations. Ultimately, this provides a green light for unregistered, untrackable entities and persons to engage in gas work and have no tangible accountability (i.e. a license and permit) for if and when the worst occurs—a gas leak and/or explosion. When a licensed plumber engages in gas work under a permit, he/she essentially puts his license—his/her livelihood-on the line. There is no perceived equitable standard set forth in the DOB’s proposal, which severely undermines the DOB and utility companies’ authorities to enforce the very crucial existing gas safety laws.

Safety Outweighs other Public Policies

Finally, DOB has claimed the current COVID-19 pandemic as a reason to introduce and expedite this proposal. Specifically, DOB states “[i]n light of the cur rent situation we are all faced with surrounding COVID-19, the Department has been asked to review current practices to see how we can safely improve our processes for the public” (emphasis added). While that is a commendable practice in theory, undermining gas safety laws is directly in contradiction to “safely improv[ing]” DOB’s processes. If DOB wishes to create new policies to ensure efficiency for the public and/or in the interest of adapting to new environments, whether that is due to a pandemic like COVID-19 or even based on technological advances, it needs to balance public safety concerns with whatever the proposal may be—and with the current perceived “necessity” of DOB’s proposal (i.e. COVID-19 pandemic), safety concerns most certainly outweigh the process changes as set forth in the proposal. As an aside, we are not going to address the additional practical and procedural problems, which there are many within this draft, since we fundamentally disagree with the concept. We appreciate the opportunity to comment on the DOB’s proposal but caution the Department that this proposal can and will only lead to gas safety disasters. Only licensed, trained persons should be authorized to conduct gas work, regardless of the perceived “simplicity” of a gas appliance connection or claim that a global health matter requires an overhaul of government processes. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any reason. Sincerely, April McIver, Esq. Executive Director The Plumbing Foundation 212-481-9740 a.mciver@plumbingfoundation.nyc Terence O’Brien Executive Vice President ACP 212-481-4580 t.obrien@acpcny.org

Plumbing Foundation Virtual Seminar Series Will Detail New Gas Inspection Laws:

Everything Plumbers, Engineers, and Landlords Need to Know Local Law 152 and Other Important Gas Regulations

A series of local laws that establish new regulatory oversight and mandatory inspections for natural gas systems across NYC, including Local Law 152 (2016), took effect in 2020. The Plumbing Foundation City of New York will host a seminar series in February that will cover everything LMPs, professional engineers, and buildings owners/managers need to know about the new gas system requirements. Plumbing Foundation Executive Director April McIver, explains: “These new laws include very specific responsibilities for plumbers, engineers, and landlords that go well beyond previous requirements. The Plumbing Foundation’s aim is to be a onestop resource when it comes to providing clear and accurate information pertaining to the new gas system inspection laws.” Seminar Series for Licensed Master Plumbers, Professional Engineers, Building Owners and Managers Covering New Mandatory Gas Inspections for Buildings Citywide. Topics include:
  • Obligations under the new laws
  • Regulatory enforcement by the NYS Department of Public Service & NYC Dept. of Buildings
  • Understanding risks of noncompliance
  • Detailed information on staggered mandatory inspection due dates as determined by community board number across all five boroughs
  • Roles and responsibilities of public utilities
  • Responsibilities of Licensed Master Plumbers and Professional Engineers – knowing when each are required. NOTE: All physical work and all compliance inspections related to natural gas piping systems in NYC must be performed by, or under the direct supervision of, a licensed master plumber

EVENT DETAILS AND REGISTRATION: More Information to Follow – Please visit our website!

  • Licensed Master Plumbers – Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 11:30 A.M.
  • Professional Engineers – Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 11 A.M.
  • Building Owners and Managers – Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 11 A.M.
Gas Laws Covered:
  • LL 150 – Establishes the qualifications required for individuals performing gas work
  • LL 151 – Requires that the final inspection for gas piping must be performed by the NYC DOB
  • LL 152 – Requires periodic inspection of existing gas piping systems in all buildings except for occupancy group R3 (mostly one and two family dwellings)
  • LL 153 – Requires the notification and posting of instructions related to what procedures residential tenants must follow in the event of a gas emergency
  • LL 154 – Requires that both the utility company and the property owner must notify the DOB within 24 hours of having the gas service shut off for a building due to a hazardous condition
  • LL 157 – Addresses the mandatory installation of carbon monoxide, smoke and natural gas alarms for residential occupancies
  • LL 159 – Designates violations for gas piping systems as immediately hazardous
  • Federal/State Operator Qualification Requirements (Covered Tasks 86/87)

NYC Licensed Plumbing Community Survey: How do you think the ConEdison Yellow Book can be improved?

Please complete the survey! https://forms.gle/nUeMYaMtibjrh2cQ9

! IMPORTANT NOTICE !

Gas Operator Qualification Members – 2021 Begins OQ (CT 86/87) Renewals

If you received your Gas Operator Qualification in Covered Tasks 86 and 87 in 2018, your OQ credentials will expire in 2021. You must retake the written and practical exams to renew your OQ card and to continue conducting work covered by CT 86/87!

PLEASE BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A DETAILED EMAIL ON THE PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS TO RENEW!

THE PLUMBING FOUNDATION’S ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT

Since its establishment in 1986, the Plumbing Foundation has worked diligently to ensure the plumbing industry has as little a “carbon footprint” on New York City as possible. The plumbing industry has historically utilized environmentally friendly materials such as recycled cast-iron and copper piping/fittings. The Foundation will continue in its role of protecting New York City as well as being an advocate for the environment by strengthening its water/sanitary regulations and thereby reducing wasteful water consumption in the City. Wealth Preservation Solutions LLC
THE PIPECASTER is published by the Plumbing Foundation City of New York, Inc. 535 Eighth Ave., Fl. 17, New York, NY 10018 | Phone (212) 481-9740 | Fax (212) 481-7185 | (E) info@plumbingfoundation.nyc
Lawrence J. Levine, Chairman; Louis J. Buttermark, Vice Chairman; Barr Rickman, Treasurer; April McIver, Executive Director; Terence O’Brien, Editor. Board of Directors: George Bassolino, Paul Belli, Marc Breslaw, Louis J. Buttermark, Harris Clark, Angelo Lemodetis, Lawrence J. Levine, Adam Levy, Scott Lyons, Andrew Moran, Barr Rickman, Richard Turchiano

Pipecaster Issue 3: Vol. 43

Plumbing Foundation Issues Public Health Guidelines To Combat Spread Of Covid-19

NEW YORK (originally released on Sept. 1, 2020) — As New York City continues its phased reopening aimed at containing the coronavirus pandemic, the Plumbing Foundation City of New York has issued important public health and safety guidelines intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. The safeguards apply to commercial property owners and leaseholders who may be who may be considering plumbing alterations and building water system upgrades to help businesses conform to new social distancing standards, as well as residential apartment and building owners conducting regular work and maintenance on plumbing fixtures that connect to sanitary water lines. “There are serious public health implications pertaining to potable water systems and sanitary drainage systems inside buildings,” cautions April McIver, Executive Director of the Plumbing Foundation. “Knowing that COVID-19 can be transmitted through human waste, and that other dangerous organisms such as Legionella can also be spread through building water systems, the message to our fellow New Yorkers is that only licensed master plumbers who are trained and certified can perform work and maintenance on building plumbing systems.”

Public Health Guidelines for Plumbing Work

  • Only licensed master plumbers are legally permitted to work on plumbing fixtures that connect to sanitary sewer lines in New York City.
  • Work on toilet fixtures requires a plumbing license and should only be performed by a master plumber.
  • If you question whether or not you are capable or qualified to perform plumbing fixture work, always hire a licensed master plumber.
  • Always ask to make sure your contractor is a licensed master plumber to ensure work is done safely and up to code, and ask if they are properly insured.
License and insurance information is publicly posted on the NYC Department of Buildings website, which can be accessed at: http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/bsqpm01.jsp Owners who perform unlicensed plumbing work on their own or who allow unlicensed handymen to perform plumbing work not only pose a danger to their inhabitants and customers, they may also pose a health and safety risk to neighbors in the same building. Known hazards of untrained, unlicensed plumbing work include: spread of viral or bacterial infection including COVID- 19, Legionaire’s Disease from improperly installed or maintained water heaters; uncapped fixtures that could expose toxic or noxious gases; improperly installed fixtures that fail to properly contain sewage and dangerous gases; and failure to prevent dangerous backflow and cross-contamination. Ms. McIver concluded, “There is an important value proposition when you hire a licensed master plumber. Not only are you ensuring the health and safety of those you live with and your neighbors, you’re also assured of the quality of work.” Established in 1986, the Plumbing Foundation City of New York, Inc. is a nonprofit association of licensed contracting firms, engineering associations, manufacturers and suppliers whose mission is to ensure public health through the enactment and enforcement of safe plumbing codes. Please visit the Plumbing Foundation’s online version of the Pipecaster to access relevant links: www.plumbingfoundation.nyc/pipecaster

NYC Council Extends Site Safety Training Compliance Date

The NYC Council passed Intro No. 2059-A which extends the date of full compliance with the Site Safety Training Law from September 1, 2020 to March 1, 2021. The NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) reminds the industry that the current requirement that workers on sites requiring a DOB-licensed safety professional have 30 hours of site safety training continues until March 1, 2021. In addition, DOB encourages all workers to receive the full 40 hours of this potentially life-saving training as soon as possible. NYC‘s Drinking Water

NYC Department of Buildings Reopening Guidance

The following notice has been issued by the NYC Department of Buildings: As a reminder, all active sites must continue to be in compliance with State and City Phase 1 restart requirements. To understand what is expected of your site, please refer to the following:
  • Interim Guidance for Construction Activities During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
  • “Do’s and Don’ts” Document
  • “What To Know” One-Pager.
If upon a visit from NYC Department of Buildings (DOB), a single Phase 1 restart violating condition is observed– your site will be assessed a violation that carries a financial penalty of $5,000. If your site does not have a Safety Plan and State Affirmation conspicuously posted and/or is lacking a proper hand hygiene station, your site will be issued a Stop Work Order in addition to the financial penalty. Continued noncompliance may result in additional summonses with accompanying civil penalties of up to $10,000 for each offense. If during DOB’s visit, any Construction Code and Electrical Code non-compliances are observed, Inspectors will take appropriate enforcement actions, including the potential issuance of violations with monetary penalties. The Safety Plan you must have on-site should be filled-out completely and posted for all to see. The Safety Plan’s intent is to outline how your workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. You should follow the Safety Plan template located on the State’s website, which you can access by clicking here. Your State Affirmation should be posted as well, you can fill-out your Affirmation by clicking here. All sites must also provide and maintain (at least one) hand hygiene station that is accessible for all personnel. This could include a handwashing station with soap, water, and paper towels, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing 60% or more alcohol for areas where handwashing is not feasible. If your site is assessed a COVID-19 Stop Work Order, a portal is available in DOB NOW: Safety to submit a rescind request. Additional information can be found in our Service Notice. Also please remember as City Employees performing essential regulatory duties, DOB Inspectors and other Field Staff with face coverings who visit construction sites are self-monitoring for any COVID-19 symptoms every day to ensure they do their work safely for themselves and the public. As such, Inspectors and Field Staff are not subject to screening and must be permitted access to a construction site. Failure to provide access will result in the issuance of a Stop Work Order. For additional information on the Phase 1 re-opening, please visit nyc.gov/buildings. On our Phase-1 re-opening webpage, you will find resources including DOB’s Phase 1 Re-Opening Guidance, FAQs, and the State’s Interim Guidelines. If you have any questions, please reach out via email to COVID19@buildings.nyc.gov. Finally, as New York City faces unprecedented challenges to rebuild and recover from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must also remember that there is a critical step each of us must take to help rebuild New York City into the future – and that is completing the 2020 Census. New York City needs a complete and accurate count in order to have the population data, billions in funding, means to invest in public works and infrastructure, and complete representation that it rightfully deserves. The census is completely confidential and there are no questions about immigration, citizenship, income, criminal history, or Social Security. The future of New York City is in your hands – fill out the 2020 Census now! Please visit the Plumbing Foundation’s online version of the Pipecaster to access the links in such notice: www.plumbingfoundation.nyc/pipecaster Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company, The uniforms may change, but the courage to serve remains constant. At Charlotte Pipe, we honor all the brave men and women that have served in the United States Armed Forces.

Updated Deadlines for NYC DOB Licenses, Registrations, and Permits

In response to Mayor de Blasio’s Executive Order No. 134 and Local Law 57 of 2020, the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) is no longer allowing licenses and permits to be automatically extended. All licenses/registrations and permits issued by the DOB with an original expiration date on or after August 7, 2020 will expire on that original expiration date. Those licenses and permits which were automatically extended through August 6, 2020 will expire according to the below schedule:
Original (Pre-COVID 19) Expiration Dates Final Extension Date
March 12, 2020 – March 31, 2020 September 30, 2020
April 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020 October 31, 2020
May 1, 2020 – May 31, 2020 November 30, 2020
June 1, 2020 – June 30, 2020 December 31, 2020
July 1, 2020 – August 6, 2020 January 31, 2021
Please visit the Service Update here: www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/license_permit_expiration_no_extensions_sn.pdf
2020 Water Conservation and Reuse Grant Pilot Program

Download a PDF version of 2020 Water Conservation and Reuse Grant Pilot Program or click here for more information nyc.gov/dep/water-conservation-grant

Reminder: LL152 Inspection Requirements

The NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) was recently notified that certain NYC Licensed Master Plumbers were unaware of the requirement that a leak survey must be completed as part of the NYC Local Law 152 Inspection (periodic inspections of building gas piping). According to the Law:
§ 28-318.3.2 Scope. At each inspection, in addition to the requirements prescribed by this article or by the commis- sioner, all exposed gas lines from point of entry of gas piping into a building, including building service meters, up to individual tenant spaces shall be inspected for evidence of excessive atmospheric corrosion or piping deterioration that has resulted in a dangerous condition, illegal connections, and non-code compliant installations. The inspection entity shall also test public spaces, hallways, corridors, and mechanical and boiler rooms with a portable combustible gas detector to determine if there is any gas leak, provided that such testing need only include public spaces, hall- ways and corridors on floors that contain gas piping or gas utilization equipment.
In addition, the rules require either a Licensed Master Plumber, or someone working directly under a Licensed Master Plumber who also completed a 7-hour training, to conduct such inspections. The 7-hour course, according to NYC Rules 103-10, must cover, among other topics, interior piping leak survey and atmospheric corrosion and leak survey inspection procedure. Finally, the Plumbing Foundation reminds the industry that all buildings with gas piping must be inspected (and inspection re- ports submitted) by the end of the year if they fall in the following category:

Buildings within Community Boards 1, 3, and 10 in all Boroughs

Please visit the Plumbing Foundation’s website for additional FAQs on LL152/2016: www.plumbingfoundation.nyc/gas-operator-qualification

NYC DOB Notice: Denial of Permits for False Statements and Work Without a Permit

The NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) issued a notice in reference to Local Law 114 of 2019 that states beginning August 5, 2020, DOB will deny initial work permits for multiple dwellings where the Department has issued a summons for submitting a false statement on a Plan/Work Application (PW1) regarding the occupancy status of the building (Section 26 of the PW1), or performing Work Without a Permit while the building was occupied. The one-year permit restriction will apply if the summons was issued on or after December 5, 2019—the effective date of Local Law 114 of 2019. The restriction will remain in effect for one-year from the issuance of the summons. However, the permit restriction can be removed before the one-year timeframe if the summons is dismissed by OATH. Please visit the Service Update here: www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/ll114of19_sn.pdf

THE PLUMBING FOUNDATION’S ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT

Since its establishment in 1986, the Plumbing Foundation has worked diligently to ensure the plumbing industry has as little a “carbon footprint” on New York City as possible. The plumbing industry has historically utilized environmentally friendly materials such as recycled cast-iron and copper piping/fittings. The Foundation will continue in its role of protecting New York City as well as being an advocate for the environment by strengthening its water/sanitary regulations and thereby reducing wasteful water consumption in the City. Dependability you can lean on. It works as hard as you do. Advanced engineering and construction have earned InSinkErator® disposals their reputation for quality, durability and ease of installation. When you need performance, insist on a name you trust. Insist on InSinkErator™ Invented. Designed. Assembled. In USA
THE PIPECASTER is published by the Plumbing Foundation City of New York, Inc. 535 Eighth Ave., Fl. 17, New York, NY 10018 | Phone (212) 481-9740 | Fax (212) 481-7185 | (E) info@plumbingfoundation.nyc
Lawrence J. Levine, Chairman; Louis J. Buttermark, Vice Chairman; Barr Rickman, Treasurer; April McIver, Executive Director; Terence O’Brien, Editor. Board of Directors: George Bassolino, Paul Belli, Marc Breslaw, Louis J. Buttermark, Harris Clark, Angelo Lemodetis, Lawrence J. Levine, Adam Levy, Scott Lyons, Andrew Moran, Barr Rickman, Richard Turchiano

Pipecaster Issue 2: Vol. 43

Stagnant Water Systems in City’s Commercial Buildings May Pose Health Risks

By Christoph Lohr, PE and Terence O’Brien A unique and unintended health hazard lies in wait for tenants of shuttered commercial buildings poised to reopen in the coming weeks: potentially harmful microbes in stagnant water systems. Because of stay-at-home orders, building water systems and the municipal supply lines that feed them have experienced dramatically reduced flow, even total stagnation as the offices, hotels, retails stores and other public spaces they service have been left vacant for months. Public health officials and plumbing experts know this is a recipe for dangerous, perhaps deadly bacterial amplification such as Legionella pneumophila, the microbe that causes Legionnaires’ Disease. An almost annual outbreak already infects pockets of the city’s cooling towers during summer months. This year, with millions of square feet of normally busy commercial space idly creating the perfect breeding ground for waterborne microbes, the threat is exponentially worse, and an issue building owners and managers must take seriously. microbesThe science behind the phenomenon is well documented. City water systems were designed for increasing volumes based on projected population growth trends. Drinking water disinfectants, such as chlorine, depend on system-design calculated flows which includes short time to consumption in order to be effective. A near overnight shut down of water flow in large buildings has increased “water age” allowing chlorine and chloramine disinfectant levels to dissipate, thus causing a systemic failure of a building’s entire water network. Even if individual owners attempt to do the right thing by flushing systems, there is no guarantee they will return chloramine levels to where they need to be for safe operating. Because chlorine breaks down relatively quickly (think how often you have to check PH levels in a swimming pool) traditional drinking water disinfection methods may contribute to a critical failure under these unique circumstances. A study by water systems expert Dr. Victor Yu of the University of Pittsburgh finds that Legionella is already prevalent in complex building water systems. Approximately 70 percent of three-story and taller buildings regularly test positive for Legionella pneumophila, for instance. Given these ready-made conditions for microbial infection, obsolete guidance and conventional standard practices simply are not enough to properly ensure tenant and visitor safety. Water professionals including engineers, licensed master plumbers and contractors have a great opportunity to make an incredibly positive difference as New York City reopens by improving the safety of critical water supply systems. Likewise, building owners can seize a rare moment to make important health and wellness updates, many for the first time in decades. The question is will they? Christoph Lohr, PE, CPD, LEED AP BD+C, Director of Education & Strategic Projects with LiquiTech; Terence O’Brien is Executive Vice President at The Association of Contracting Plumbers and a Senior Director of the Plumbing Foundation New York City, Inc.

OP-ED: The Future of Gas in Downstate NY

Gas is not a four-letter word. Gas keeps us warm, generates our power and cooks our food. Gas is affordable and clean. Natural Gas is good. Gas is necessary. Gas is under pressure and we as the Plumbing industry must promote its continued use and virtues, especially in the dense urban and suburban markets in which we work. There is a lot of misinformation about gas and how it’s a part of the climate change problem. It is a part of the immediate solution. Is there a shortage of gas in downstate NY? There are multiple points of view on this and we must defer to those who know best. We support our Natural Gas Utilities in their efforts to ensure a robust gas supply. Gas utilities must promote, and our elected officials must acknowledge, the value of gas as a resource in conjunction with renewable electricity. This resource exists at the grid edge where it is needed and can be utilized to support renewable electricity by increasing the use of gas for Plumbing and HVAC systems. Highly efficient technologies such as gas-powered heat pumps exist today and must be deployed as we transition to renewable fuels. Buildings must be designed with highly efficient hydronic heating and cooling systems that can utilize heat pumps, boilers, and chillers as may be required. Thoughtful building design allows for the economic realities of today and for future fuel flexibility. Plumbers protect the health of the nation by installing and maintaining safe, reliable, efficient gas systems in our buildings, homes, towns, & cities to provide for basic human needs such as heat, hot water, & cooking. The health and safety of the nation’s urban centers and dense suburban areas depend on a robust piped fuel infrastructure and the Plumbers that maintain it. Affordable housing depends on natural gas to provide affordable heat, hot water and cooking. Future of gasLike electricity, the future of the piped fuel infrastructure that delivers Natural Gas is also trending towards renewables, in the form of RNG and Hydrogen. It is very likely that in many cold climates the gas grid will be greener, sooner, than the electric grid. In today’s environment it is important that we focus on the long-term necessity for a viable piped fuel infrastructure. It matters not that today’s fuel of choice is Natural Gas. What matters foremost is the future ability to deliver renewable gas blends and hydrogen blends leading to a future of 100% renewable fuels. The future of electricity generation is trending towards renewables and certain groups think that electrifying everything is the solution to all that ails us, but this is decades away, if ever, and well beyond the life cycle of equipment we are installing today. The choice to replace gas heating and hot water systems with electric air source heat pumps for heating and hot water in cold climates is largely a political decision, based on nonsensical economics, potentially damaging the balance that exists between the electric and gas grids. The choices we make today will affect the efficiency, resiliency, reliability, and affordability of our built environment for years to come. A future without piped fuels is untenable and fiscally irresponsible. Neil J. Skidell is the Managing Director, Green Solutions at The Par Group and has over 30 years’ experience in the design and construction of building systems.

BUILDINGS 2020-012 BULLETIN TECHNICAL

BUILDINGS 2020-012 BULLETIN TECHNICAL The entire bulletin can be found at: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/bldgs_bulletins/bb_2020-012.pdf FLEET Think Fleet First

Construction Trades Renewal Course

SUNY Empire State CollegeThe DOB approved 7-hour license renewal courses provided by SUNY Empire State College, in partnership with Construction Trades Licensing Training Corporation (CTLTC), will be conducted online for the remainder of 2020 due to COVID-19. Registration for courses are now available on our website, but courses are capped at 25 participants per course class, and on a first come, first served basis. As a reminder, this course is open to any NYC licensed plumber and/or fire suppression contractor. All licensees must take the renewal course within 12-months of their license(s) expiration. Further information including dates for this online course are posted on CTLTC’s website: https://nyconstructiontrades.org/ Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company - You can’t beat the system. We wear our heart on our sleeve. Charlotte Pipe is a proud 119-year-old American company. We understand a strong military and economy are both essential to the success of our great country. That’s why Charlotte Pipe is committed to keeping the economy strong by making and selling our products right here in the U.S.A.

Gas Operator Qualification Program and Local Law 152 DOB Periodic Gas Inspections

To become operator qualified in CT 86 and 87 through our GOQ program see the full list of instructions made available on our website under the tab Gas Operator Qualification. Note that applications need to be filled out completely and also require participants to enter a drug testing pool, complete the GOQ course and subsequently pass the GOQ exam. With OQ qualification in Tasks 86 and 87 plumbers are also qualified to conduct Local Law 152 building gas system inspections. Additionally, below are relevant links to DOB information on Local Law 152 information and reporting functions:

DOB service notice:

https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/ll_152of2016_follow-up1_sn.pdf

GPS2 Inspection form:

https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/gps2.pdf

Form submission portal (owner’s submit to DOB):

https://a810-efiling.nyc.gov/eRenewal/gaspipecert.jsp Lastly, Con Edison has developed a Gas Piping Inspection App (Plumber App) available for download through the Apple App and Google Play Stores. THIS IS NOT REQUIRED TO BE USED FOR JURISDICTIONAL OR DOB GAS LL 152 INSPECTIONS. This app allows ONLY plumbers who are qualified in OQ Task 86 to digitally record Local Law 152 inspections in the Con Edison Service territory. Con Ed IT team has created a tutorial video for their app. see link below: https://bcove.video/2UOYIvx

Leonard X. Farbman Scholarship Recipients

The 2020 winners of the Leonard X. Farbman Memorial scholarship program have been determined. Further information on the scholarship program can be found on the Association of Contracting Plumbers’ website (acpcny.org). Each recipient receives $5000 a year towards a collegiate education. As a reminder all scholarship applications are reviewed by an independent panel of educators and selections are based upon academic achievement, community service and extracurricular activities. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we cannot come together at our annual award Scholarship Reception to acknowledge and celebrate noteworthy academic achievements of five young students. The Trustees of the Promotion Fund and the ACP Executive Board are happy to announce the following 2020 winners:
  • Giuseppe A. Quaratino
  • Peter A. Monteleone
  • Ryan D. Fallon
  • Lindsay Boyle
Again, Congratulations to all the winners!

THE PLUMBING FOUNDATION’S ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT

Since its establishment in 1986, the Plumbing Foundation has worked diligently to ensure the plumbing industry has as little a “carbon footprint” on New York City as possible. The plumbing industry has historically utilized environmentally friendly materials such as recycled cast-iron and copper piping/fittings. The Foundation will continue in its role of protecting New York City as well as being an advocate for the environment by strengthening its water/sanitary regulations and thereby reducing wasteful water consumption in the City. Dependability you can lean on. It works as hard as you do. Advanced engineering and construction have earned InSinkErator® disposals their reputation for quality, durability and ease of installation. When you need performance, insist on a name you trust. Insist on InSinkErator™ Invented. Designed. Assembled. In USA
THE PIPECASTER is published by the Plumbing Foundation City of New York, Inc. 535 Eighth Avenue, Floor 17, New York, NY 10018 | Phone (212) 481-9740 | Fax (212) 481-7185 | (E) info@plumbingfoundation.nyc
Lawrence J. Levine, Chairman; Louis J. Buttermark, Vice Chairman; Barr Rickman, Treasurer; April McIver, Executive Director; Terence O’Brien, Editor. Board of Directors: George Bassolino, Paul Belli, Marc Breslaw, Louis J. Buttermark, Harris Clark, Angelo Lemodetis, Lawrence J. Levine, Adam Levy, Scott Lyons, Andrew Moran, Barr Rickman, Richard Turchiano

Pipecaster Issue 1: Vol. 43

DOB Update on Refunds for Superseded LAAs

The NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) issued a Service Update regarding refund requests for superseded Limited Alteration Applications (LAAs). Effective February 2020, no refunds will be issued for superseded LAA filings. According to the notice, if the initial licensed contractor (License Master Plumber, Fire Suppression Contractor, or Oil Burner Equipment Installer) is replaced on an LAA and a new licensed contractor takes responsibility for the work being performed, the filing fees paid by the initial licensed professional will remain with the application and will not be refunded.

For more information, please visit the Service Notice:

www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/laa_no_refunds_sn.pdf

NYC Gas Laws in Effect

Two important NYC Local Laws concerning the gas industry went into full effect January 1, 2020: Local Law 152 of 2016, mandating periodic inspections of building gas piping systems and Local Law 150 of 2016, mandating that all persons (other than a Licensed Master Plumber) working on gas piping must hold NYC Department of Buildings-issued gas work qualification.

LL152/2016

LL152 requires periodic inspections of building gas piping systems, which refers to all exposed gas piping from point of entry of the gas piping into the building, including building services meters, other than gas piping systems of buildings classified in occupancy group R-3 (2 families or less). This does not include gas piping within apartments, but does include inspection of public spaces, hallways, corridors, and mechanical and boiler rooms. These inspections, which must be completed by an NYC Licensed Master Plumber (LMP) or an individual working under an NYC LMP holding certain qualifications*, fall within the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB). The portal to submit inspection reports is: a810-efiling.nyc.gov/eRenewal/gaspipecert.jsp In addition to the DOB’s website, please visit our website for more information on LL152, including FAQs. We issued a detailed notice in our last newsletter (Issue 4: Vol. 42), available at: www.plumbingfoundation.nyc/pipecaster Our Frequently Asked Questions as well as a helpful flowchart on the gas requirements (also included as an insert in this issue of the Pipecaster) can be found at the bottom of our webpage: www.plumbingfoundation.nyc/gas-operator-qualification *Note that the Plumbing Foundation City of New York, Inc.’s Gas Operator Qualification Program for Covered Tasks 86/87, the course for which was created by the Northeast Gas Association (NGA) in conjunction with the Gas Technology Institute (GTI), has been approved by the NYC DOB for the 7-Hour Periodic Gas Piping Inspector Qualification course required by LL152. The DOB Course Provider ID for GTI/NGA is 6T73.

LL150/2016

LL150 requires all gas work within New York City to be performed by an LMP or a person working under the direct and continuing supervision of an LMP who also holds a DOB-issued full gas work qualification or limited gas work qualification. Gas work is defined under NYC Fuel Gas Code section 101.2, but which does not include periodic inspections under LL152 or gas work on U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) jurisdictional gas piping, for which LMPs need to have operator qualification in Covered Tasks 86/87*. To access more information on obtaining LL150 gas qualification visit: www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/gas_works_sn.pdf *The utility companies began enforcing the New York State regulation requiring NYC Licensed Master Plumbers and their technicians to hold operator qualification in Covered Tasks 86 and 87 to conduct inspections and maintenance/repairs on U.S. DOT jurisdictional gas piping on April 15, 2019. Currently, the Plumbing Foundation’s Gas Operator Qualification membership program has over 700 NYC licensed plumbing company members, 1,953 participants, and of those participants 1,363 are fully operator qualified. For more information on obtaining the required qualifications, please visit: www.plumbingfoundation.nyc/gas-operator-qualification Plumbers Gas Law Requirements Flow Chart Please click here to download a PDF version of the Plumbers Gas Law Requirements Flow Chart above.

Update on Congestion Pricing

In 2019, the New York State Legislature passed a congestion pricing law as part of its 2020 budget legislation, known as the “Traffic Mobility Act.” The law established a “Central Business District” within which tolling must be imposed. The Central Business District consists of any roadway, bridge, tunnel, approach, or ramp located south of 60th Street in Manhattan but not the FDR, West Side Highway, Battery Park underpass, or Hugh Carey Tunnel. The law also established the Traffic Mobility Review Board, which is tasked with developing recommendations to be submitted to the MTA’s Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (TBTA). These recommendations will include the cost of the fees imposed in the Central Business District as well as any credits, discounts, and exemptions. The tolls imposed must generate $15 billion in bonds to fund the MTA. To date, the Traffic Mobility Review Board has not been established, even with the Board’s expected release of recommendations to be made shortly after November 15, 2020 and the State’s expectation that the plan will become effective January 2021. It also is very unclear how the Board will be handling public comment, if any. The originally projected timeline seems unlikely. What has become even more of a controversy stems from the fact the roadways associated with the Central Business District have received federal dollars. Due to this, New York will need approval and determination if an environmental impact statement must be conducted from the U.S. Department of Transportation to establish its congestion pricing program. Because the Plumbing Foundation City of New York, Inc. expects an impact on NYC’s plumbing industry as a result of congestion pricing, we are closely monitoring the issue and are prepared to submit comments in support of an exception or discount for those working in the service industry who must respond to 24-hour emergency calls. Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company - You can’t beat the system. We wear our heart on our sleeve. Charlotte Pipe is a proud 119-year-old American company. We understand a strong military and economy are both essential to the success of our great country. That’s why Charlotte Pipe is committed to keeping the economy strong by making and selling our products right here in the U.S.A.

NYC DOT Adopts Double Parking Rules

The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) finally adopted the rules that it proposed last year (March 27, 2019) on double- parking (34 RCNY 4-08). The Plumbing Foundation submitted comments on the proposed rules which argued that placing a hard 20-minute cap on double parking, as proposed by DOT, should not apply to emergency services (such as plumbing, etc.) and we emphasized that the new congestion pricing plan, which we anticipate will impose a major hardship on service vehicles, should be taken into consideration. Unfortunately, DOT is moving forward with its proposed revisions which will change the allowance of double-parking from “expeditiously” making service calls to a 20-minute maximum while actively engaged in loading/unloading for such service calls. The rules also now explicitly state: No person shall double park a commercial vehicle when it blocks the only lane of travel in the same direction. No person shall stand, stop or park a vehicle on a street at any time in such a manner or under such conditions as to leave fewer than 10 feet of roadway width available for the free movement of vehicular traffic. 34 RCNY 4-08(f)(1). The rules went into effect March 8, 2020

NYC Adopts Dangerous Vehicle Abatement Law

The New York City Council has adopted a dangerous vehicle abatement law, Local Law 36 of 2020, to address the dangers of exceeding posted speed limits and failing to comply with traffic signals. Registered vehicle owners of any motor vehicle that the NYC Department of Finance (DOF) has found to have accumulated 5 or more red light camera violations, or 15 or more school speed camera violations, within any 12-month period will be required to take a safe vehicle operation course regarding responsible vehicle ownership. Exclusions to this are any vehicle owned or leased by the United States government or any state or local government. The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) will send notices by first-class mail to all registered vehicle owners who receive a red light camera violation or a school speed camera violation, noting the requirement to enroll in a safe vehicle operation course if they have accumulated the aforementioned number of violations. The Law also gives DOT the authority to impose a safe vehicle operation course on those with accumulated violations and to seize and impound vehicles. Specifically, failure to complete the safe vehicle operation course or provide certification of completion of the course within a stated period of time may result in seizure and impoundment of a registered owner’s vehicle. However, a registered vehicle owner may contest such notice before the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH). If within six months of completion of the safe vehicle operation course no additional red light camera violations or school speed camera violations are accumulated, any such violations accrued before the completion of the course will not be counted as violations. The law goes into effect at the end of October of this year; however, the provisions allowing DOT to impose a safe vehicle operation course and to seize and impound vehicles go into effect February 2021. The law has a sunset date of three years. Dependability you can lean on. It works as hard as you do. Advanced engineering and construction have earned InSinkErator® disposals their reputation for quality, durability and ease of installation. When you need performance, insist on a name you trust. Insist on InSinkErator™ Invented. Designed. Assembled. In USA

Sentencing of Three Convicted in 2015 East Village Gas Explosion

The 5th Anniversary of the horrific gas explosion in the East Village is March 26, 2020. Timely, then, is the sentencing of the recently convicted owner, general contractor, and unlicensed plumber involved in the explosion. Owner Maria Hrynenko, General Contractor Dilber Kukic, and unlicensed plumber Athanasios Ioannidis were convicted on November 15, 2019 at the New York State Supreme Court of New York County for two counts of manslaughter, which is a class C Felony, among several other felony and misdemeanor convictions. On January 10, 2020, all three were sentenced to at least 4 and up to 12 years in prison. The 2015 East Village gas explosion was due to reckless, unlicensed plumbing work, specifically an illegal connection. The explosion resulted in two fatalities and nineteen injuries. The fire caused by the explosion damaged buildings 119, 121, and 123 on Second Avenue in the East Village. The Plumbing Foundation City of New York, Inc. works to combat unlicensed plumbing work as the industry is well aware of the deadly consequences from such work. Building owners must hire licensed, qualified plumbers to conduct any gas work, whether it be for an inspection, repair, or replacement of a full gas system. If you or someone you know believes unlicensed plumbing work is being conducted in any of the five boroughs, please email: info@plumbingfoundation.nyc Wealth Preservation Solutions LLC

THE PLUMBING FOUNDATION’S ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT

Since its establishment in 1986, the Plumbing Foundation has worked diligently to ensure the plumbing industry has as little a “carbon footprint” on New York City as possible. The plumbing industry has historically utilized environmentally friendly materials such as recycled cast-iron and copper piping/fittings. The Foundation will continue in its role of protecting New York City as well as being an advocate for the environment by strengthening its water/sanitary regulations and thereby reducing wasteful water consumption in the City. FLEET Think Fleet First
THE PIPECASTER is published by the Plumbing Foundation City of New York, Inc. 535 Eighth Avenue, Floor 17, New York, NY 10018 | Phone (212) 481-9740 | Fax (212) 481-7185 | (E) info@plumbingfoundation.nyc
Lawrence J. Levine, Chairman; Louis J. Buttermark, Vice Chairman; Barr Rickman, Treasurer; April McIver, Executive Director; Terence O’Brien, Editor. Board of Directors: George Bassolino, Paul Belli, Marc Breslaw, Louis J. Buttermark, Harris Clark, Angelo Lemodetis, Lawrence J. Levine, Adam Levy, Scott Lyons, Andrew Moran, Barr Rickman, Richard Turchiano

Pipecaster Issue 4: Vol. 42

The Plumbing Foundation Guest At Local No. 1 Apprenticeship Graduation

U.A. Plumbers Local Union No. 1 Apprenticeship Program GraduationThe Plumbing Foundation City of New York’s Executive Director, April McIver, and Executive Vice President of the Association of Contracting Plumbers of the City of New York (ACP), Terence O’Brien, were invited to the November 7, 2019 graduation ceremony honoring the U.A. Plumbers Local Union No. 1 Apprenticeship Program, This New York State Department of Labor (DOL) approved five-year apprenticeship program is jointly administered by the ACP. There were 87 graduates overall, each receiving a completion certificate as a Qualified Plumber from the NYS DOL. Additionally, 49 of the 87 earned an Associate in Science degree from the State University of New York, and 1 earned a certificate in CAD Drafting from the City University of New York – College of Technology. Two of the graduates were qualified as pipe welders by the National Certified Pipe welding Bureau. All graduates are certified by the New York State Department of Health in Backflow Device testing. All are certified in Medical Gas installations. All carry Certificates of Fitness from the New York City Fire Department. All have made application to be registered with the City of New York as Journeyman Plumbers and to receive their Fuel Gas Work Qualification from the New York City Department of Buildings. The winner of the George Meany Academic Achievement award for the Spring class was Joseph Giambrone, and the winner for the Fall class was Jeffrey Cook. Seventeen graduates were recognized for perfect attendance over the five years of apprenticeship. Congratulations to all the graduates!

DEP to Revise Stormwater Legislation & Regulations

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) held an industry meeting in mid-November to discuss upcoming legislation and regulations revising the stormwater rules. DEP is looking to amend 2017 legislation to expand the MS4 threshold from 1 acre to 20,000 square feet and to expand the MS4 zones to current combined sewer areas. The legislation is currently being worked on but is expected to be introduced by the City Council before the end of the year. Once passed, the DEP will be working on regulations to implement the new law. DEP’s goal is to have a citywide stormwater management program by 2021.

Important Gas Laws to Take Effect 2020

As a reminder, two important Local Laws will be in full effect come January 1, 2020. Local Law 152 of 2016, mandating periodic inspections of building gas piping systems (although the law technically went into effect 2019, see below for more information) and Local Law 150 of 2016, mandating that all persons (other than a Licensed Master Plumber) working on gas piping must hold NYC Department of Buildings-issued gas work qualification, go into effect January 1 of the new year.

LL152/2016

LL152 requires periodic inspections of building gas piping systems, which refers to all exposed gas piping from point of entry of the gas piping into the building, including building services meters, other than gas piping systems of buildings classified in occupancy group R-3 (2 families or less). This does not include gas piping within apartments, but does include inspection of public spaces, hallways, corridors, and mechanical and boiler rooms. These inspections, which must be completed by an NYC Licensed Master Plumber (LMP) or an individual working under an NYC LMP holding certain qualifications, fall within the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB). Despite the January 1, 2019 effective date of LL152, DOB did not release proposed rules until the end of November 2018. Working with industry stakeholders, the Plumbing Foundation submitted comments on DOB’s proposed rules to make the inspection cycle more practical and consistent with the utility companies’ schedules. The proposed revisions also included ensuring consistency between operator qualification in Covered Tasks 86 and 87* (for U.S. Department of Transportation jurisdictional gas piping) and the qualifications to engage in such DOB inspections. Between January and September of 2019, the Department pushed back on several of the industry’s recommendations and did not issue final rules until September 23, 2019. The final rules did, however, establish a revised gas inspection cycle based on Community Boards (CB) within each borough, which was an improvement from DOB’s initial proposal of the cycle being based on boroughs. In addition, the rules specified that inspections must be conducted by a qualified gas piping system inspector, which means: (1) an LMP; or (2) an individual working under the direct and continuing supervision of an LMP with at least five years of full-time experience and who has successfully completed a 7-hour training program acceptable to the Department. Based on the final rules, no inspections can begin until January 1, 2020. The final rules left several issues unclear. Therefore, DOB issued a Service Update mid-November to address several outstanding concerns. The Service Update provided forms for submitting reports to owners and to the DOB. The Service Update still left out vital information that the industry needs to know in order to properly comply with LL152. Following, the Plumbing Foundation sent a list of questions to DOB. Among the questions asked is the need for clarification on verification of the five years’ experience requirement. We also noted several legal and procedural concerns. In the meantime, the Plumbing Foundation is working on a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document for members and their customers. The FAQs is in draft form as we await response from the Department on several outstanding matters. Please look out for the FAQs in an email from info@plumbingfoundation.nyc. The FAQs will also be posted on our website www.plumbingfoundation.nyc. To access the most recent DOB Service Update, including for Community Borough-specific inspection dates and the inspection report forms, visit: www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/ll_152of2016_sn.pdf To read the final rules visit: www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/rules/1_RCNY_103-10.pdf

LL150/2016

LL150 requires all gas work within New York City to be performed by an LMP or a person working under the direct and continuing supervision of an LMP who also holds a DOB-issued full gas work qualification or limited gas work qualification. Gas work is defined under NYC Fuel Gas Code section 101.2, but which does not include periodic inspections under LL152. DOB will be enforcing this law January 1, 2020. NYC DOB began issuing information on obtaining DOB gas work qualification in 2018, grandfathering in those eligible by December 31, 2018. Beginning January 1, 2019, those seeking DOB full gas work qualification must hold a DOB journeyman card, be in an apprenticeship program and have one year of full-time experience, or have five-years of full-time work, plus all must pass an exam administered by the Department. A limited gas work qualification allows someone to perform gas work under the personal and immediate supervision of an LMP if they have six months of experience and have completed a 16-hour training program approved by DOB or is registered in an apprenticeship program. The limited gas work qualification expires after five years. The DOB issued final rules implementing LL150 on November 7, 2019 (effective December 7, 2019). The final rules clarified the application, exam, and fee requirements as well as defined new terms such as “personal and immediate supervision.” To access more information on obtaining LL150 gas qualification visit: www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/gas_works_sn.pdf To read the final rules, visit: www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/rules/1_RCNY_104-12_prom_details_date.pdf *The utility companies began enforcing the New York State regulation requiring NYC Licensed Master Plumbers and their technicians to hold operator qualification in Covered Tasks 86 and 87 to conduct inspections and maintenance/repairs on U.S. DOT jurisdictional gas piping on April 15, 2019. Currently, the Plumbing Foundation’s Gas Operator Qualification membership program has 689 NYC licensed plumbing company members, 1,938 participants, and of those participants 1,317 are fully operator qualified. For more information on obtaining the required qualifications, please visit: www.plumbingfoundation.nyc/gas-operator-qualification Note that the Plumbing Foundation City of New York, Inc.’s Gas Operator Qualification Program for Covered Tasks 86/87, the course for which was created by the Northeast Gas Association (NGA) in conjunction with the Gas Technology Institute (GTI), has been approved by the NYC DOB for the 7-Hour Periodic Gas Piping Inspector Qualification course required by LL152. The DOB Course Provider ID for GTI/NGA is 6T73. Dependability you can lean on. It works as hard as you do. Advanced engineering and construction have earned InSinkErator® disposals their reputation for quality, durability and ease of installation. When you need performance, insist on a name you trust. Insist on InSinkErator™ Invented. Designed. Assembled. In USA

REMINDER: Site Safety Training Requirements in Effect

As of December 1, 2019, Local Law 196 of 2017 (site safety training) requires all workers at job sites requiring a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator, or Site Safety Manager to have a total of 30 hours of safety training and for Supervisors to have a total of 62 hours of training. Please be advised that while many General Contractors (GCs) are mandating subcontractors each have a supervisor with 62-hours, it is not a legal requirement but rather a contractual one. Finally, be advised that by September 2020, all workers must have a total of 40 hours (full SST card). For more information, visit the DOB’s Site Safety Training website: www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/safety/sst-safety.page Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company - You can’t beat the system. We wear our heart on our sleeve. Charlotte Pipe is a proud 119-year-old American company. We understand a strong military and economy are both essential to the success of our great country. That’s why Charlotte Pipe is committed to keeping the economy strong by making and selling our products right here in the U.S.A.

National Grid to Lift Gas Service Moratorium

On November 25, 2019, NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that National Grid and the Governor’s office reached an agreement in which National Grid will drop its moratorium on new gas service and provide gas to new customers that were otherwise denied. To compensate customers who were adversely impacted by the moratorium, National Grid will pay a $36 million penalty. Early this year, National Grid’s application to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) Project, which is a proposal to expand the existing Transco pipeline infrastructure in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, was denied by the DEC without prejudice, citing water quality permitting issues. National Grid issued a moratorium on new gas service, explaining that supply could not satisfy demand. Governor Andrew Cuomo and National Grid have been at odds for the better course of the year, leading to the Governor threatening to revoke National Grid’s certificate to operate and impose fines. As for the NESE application, National Grid revised its application and resubmitted immediately thereafter, but the application remains pending with the DEC. Wealth Preservation Solutions LLC

THE PLUMBING FOUNDATION’S ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT

Since its establishment in 1986, the Plumbing Foundation has worked diligently to ensure the plumbing industry has as little a “carbon footprint” on New York City as possible. The plumbing industry has historically utilized environmentally friendly materials such as recycled cast-iron and copper piping/fittings. The Foundation will continue in its role of protecting New York City as well as being an advocate for the environment by strengthening its water/sanitary regulations and thereby reducing wasteful water consumption in the City. FLEET Think Fleet First
THE PIPECASTER is published by the Plumbing Foundation City of New York, Inc. 535 Eighth Avenue, Floor 17, New York, NY 10018 | Phone (212) 481-9740 | Fax (212) 481-7185 | (E) info@plumbingfoundation.nyc
Lawrence J. Levine, Chairman; Louis J. Buttermark, Vice Chairman; Barr Rickman, Treasurer; April McIver, Executive Director; Terence O’Brien, Editor. Board of Directors: George Bassolino, Paul Belli, Marc Breslaw, Louis J. Buttermark, Harris Clark, Angelo Lemodetis, Lawrence J. Levine, Adam Levy, Scott Lyons, Andrew Moran, Barr Rickman, Richard Turchiano

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2019 Renewable Energy Forum

The Natural Gas Debate & Implications for the Building Industry

Please join Real Estate Industry Leaders at the 2019 Renewable Energy Forum hosted by the Plumbing Foundation City of New York!

To register please visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-renewable-energy-forum-tickets-71688075965 Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 8:00 am NYC Seminar and Conference Center 46 West 24th Street New York, NY 10010

Please join us as we welcome building owners, contractors and elected officials for a timely discussion surrounding New York City’s plans for emissions reductions and the role of natural gas in today’s energy debate.

Our expert-led forum will discuss the role of natural gas in today’s environmentally conscious energy debate. With the term “fossil fuel” growing more and more stigmatized, companies believe the only means to become more environmentally aware is the complete transition to alternative energy sources such as solar, hydro and wind. Speakers will explore the impact of sustainable technology, fuels and systems on carbon reductions in the built environment, as well as profitable investments in building’s future.

The program will address the following topics:

  • New methods in place for making the built environment a greener and more economically efficient place
  • Local Law 97, the portion of the NYC Carbon Emissions Bill targeting City properties exceeding 25,000 square and how this legislation will impact building owners
  • The importance of leveraging available technology, inclusive of natural gas, to bring today’s infrastructure into compliance
To register please visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-renewable-energy-forum-tickets-71688075965

Housing & Buildings Committee Holds Hearing on Plumbing Code Revision

On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, the NYC Council Committee on Housing and Buildings, Chaired by Council Member Robert Cornegy, held a hearing on Intro. No. 1481, the legislation amending technical provisions of the Plumbing Code. Among those testifying included the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) and plumbing industry representatives. The Plumbing Foundation City of New York, Inc. submitted written comments earlier in the year offering several recommendations on the bill, including the definition of building drain with regards to subsurface plumbing and the need to revise the language to state “up the exterior of the foundation wall”; comments on the prefabrication construction assemblies and the need to ensure prefabricated work is in compliance with the code, i.e. is being done by licensees; and, finally, comments in support of the welder’s qualifications provision. The Plumbing Foundation looks forward to continuing the working relationship with the DOB and the City Council on the overall Building Code Revision. Housing & Buildings Committee Holds Hearing on Plumbing Code Revision Dependability you can lean on. It works as hard as you do. Advanced engineering and construction have earned InSinkErator® disposals their reputation for quality, durability and ease of installation. When you need performance, insist on a name you trust. Insist on InSinkErator™ Invented. Designed. Assembled. In USA

Funding Available For New York City Property Owners Who Conserve Water

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 9, 2019 Vincent Sapienza Commissioner CONTACT: deppressoffice@dep.nyc.gov, (718) 595-6600 No. 67 With a Citywide Goal of Reducing Water Consumption by 20 Million Gallons per Day, Property Owners Can Receive Funding for Water Conservation and Reuse Projects The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today encouraged property owners to take advantage of funding available for plumbing upgrades through the Water Conservation and Reuse Grant Pilot Program. The grant program aims to conserve the City’s drinking water supply, with a corresponding reduction of flows into the sewer system, by reimbursing commercial, industrial, and multi-family residential property owners who invest in water efficiency projects, including low-flow fixtures, as well as innovative water saving technologies such as on-site water reuse systems. “New York City is fortunate to have some of the highest quality and best tasting tap water anywhere in the world and we must do all we can to conserve this invaluable resource,” said DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza. “We have made great progress is reducing New York City’s demand for water and we encourage property owners to take advantage of this funding as they upgrade their properties.” Grants are available to institutional (such as museums and schools), residential, and commercial customers who receive a water bill directly from DEP for their own water use. Applicants must have an account in good standing with a functioning automated meter reading device and must have one year of water use data. Applicants applying for funding for new construction projects who do not have water use data would qualify for water reuse projects only. Proposed projects must conserve at least one million gallons of water per year, or about 2,740 gallons per day. Funding Available For New York City Property Owners Who Conserve WaterWater reuse systems, otherwise known as water recycling systems, make the reuse of rainwater, black water, and gray water safe and efficient. This grant program promotes the construction of these systems by covering documented equipment costs, including materials and supplies; third-party costs for a water use survey of the facility; and third-party costs for design services. In addition to the grant, buildings with successful on-site water reuse systems are eligible for the Comprehensive Water Reuse Program, which provides a 25 percent water and wastewater fee discount to DEP customers who install water reuse systems that reduce the building’s water consumption by at least 25 percent. The program webpage contains links to all documents required for application, in addition to the Program Guide. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact DEP to discuss eligibility of projects prior to submitting an application by emailing waterconservation@dep.nyc.gov or calling 718-595-6242.

Reducing Demand for Water in New York City:

DEP’s One Water NYC: 2018 Water Demand Management Plan outlines recent citywide conservation efforts that have resulted in a savings of 10 million gallons of water per day, as well as plans to conserve an additional 10 million gallons per day by 2022. Through these strategic initiatives, DEP has been able to reduce per capita water demand in New York City from a peak of 213 gallons per day in 1979, to 120 gallons per day in 2018. Overall, citywide water use has dropped from approximately 1.5 billion gallons a day in 1980, to about 1 billion gallons a day at present, while the city’s population grew from just over 7.1 million to 8.6 million in the same period.
  • The installation of activation buttons on spray showers at 400 playgrounds around the city that saved 1.1 million gallons of water a day.
  • Upgrading more than 34,000 bathroom fixtures in 402 public school buildings with water-efficient upgrades that conserved approximately 3.3 million gallons of water each day. Plans to retrofit fixtures at an additional 200 schools will result in an estimated water savings of up to .7 million gallons a day.
  • Hotels, restaurants, universities, and hospitals have also worked to reduce water use by five percent. In fact, DEP recently completed a $1.3 million fixture upgrade at Harlem Hospital that is conserving 70,000 gallons of water per day. The retrofits included more than 570 fixtures and ice machines, 900-plus faucets, and one industrial dishwasher.
  • DEP’s Toilet Replacement Program invested $1.85 million to retrofit more than 13,200 toilets citywide in multi-family buildings. The total water savings of this effort is more than 620,000 gallons per day.
  • Customer service initiatives aimed at helping New Yorkers manage their water use and bills and respond promptly to leaks include the completion of a network of automated meter reading devices that ensure bills are based on actual consumption and that allow customers to access data about their water use in near real time. In addition, a leak notification system has already saved customers more than $16.5 million and DEP’s leak forgiveness program has been expanded to include maintainable fixtures such as toilets and faucets to encourage homeowners to make timely repairs.
  • Funding has also been committed to help the City’s largest upstate wholesale water customers, including communities in Orange and Westchester counties, develop conservation plans aimed at saving water in the future. DEP continues to work collaboratively with the upstate customers to identify demand management strategies, including leak detection and repair, with a goal of reducing their water use by 5 percent.
DEP manages New York City’s water supply, providing approximately 1 billion gallons of high-quality drinking water each day to more than 9.6 million residents, including 8.6 million in New York City. The water is delivered from a watershed that extends more than 125 miles from the city, comprising 19 reservoirs and three controlled lakes. Approximately 7,000 miles of water mains, tunnels and aqueducts bring water to homes and businesses throughout the five boroughs, and 7,500 miles of sewer lines and 96 pump stations take wastewater to 14 in-city treatment plants. DEP has nearly 6,000 employees, including almost 1,000 in the upstate watershed. In addition, DEP has a robust capital program, with a planned $20.1 billion in investments over the next 10 years that will create up to 3,000 construction-related jobs per year. For more information, visit nyc.gov/dep, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter. 59-17 JUNCTION BOULEVARD, 19TH FLOOR, FLUSHING, NEW YORK 11373-5108 • www.nyc.gov/dep https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dep/news/19-067/funding-available-new-york-city-property-owners-who-conserve-water

Are you Operator Qualified in Covered Tasks 86 and 87?

Since June 2018, the Plumbing Foundation City of New York, Inc. has been running the ONLY Gas Operator Qualification (GOQ) Membership program for NYC plumbing’s industry to assist the industry in complying with state and federal regulations regarding inspections and maintenance on jurisdictional gas piping. The utility companies have been actively enforcing the new requirements since April 15, 2019. To date, the Plumbing Foundation has seen over 600 NYC plumbing companies enter the program, with almost 1,800 participants. Of the total number of participants, over 1,100 participants are operator qualified in Covered Tasks 86 and 87, and the rest are on their way. The process to become operator qualified involves multiple steps, including applying to the Plumbing Foundation’s GOQ Membership program, taking a pre-employment drug test, taking the 7-hour operator qualification training (for which the Foundation coordinates training at either Plumbers Union Local No.1 Trade Education School or with the Master Plumbers Council), and passing written and practical examinations. Upon successful completion of those steps, participants are issued a photo identification QR card. Are you Operator Qualified in Covered Tasks 86 and 87?An important point to remember is that only NYC licensed plumbers and those actively and directly working for such NYC licensed plumbers are eligible. Operator qualified plumbers cannot use their OQ cards for a licensee not connected to their OQ profile.* In addition, once participants take the pre-employment drug test, they are placed in a random testing pool, of which, according to Federal regulations, 50% are tested annually. If you are interested in becoming operator qualified or you are looking for more information, please visit our website: www.plumbingfoundation.nyc/gas-operator-qualification Please note that if you are seeking operator qualification in Covered Tasks other than CT86/CT87, the Foundation cannot assist with providing training or testing for your company. You will need to contact the appropriate utility company to coordinate obtaining other tasks. *There may be an exception to this if it is a legal joint venture, but it must comply with NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) and utility specific requirements.

REMINDER – Email Tips on Unlicensed Activity to DOB

This is an important reminder that if you or someone you kno w has proof of unlicensed plumbing or other construction-rela ted activity that requires a DOB license and/or permit to email dobmarshal@buildings.nyc.gov.

PW1: Plan/Work Application Form Updated

The NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) announced that beginning September 12, 2019, the PW1 Form with the revised date of 4/18 in the lower right corner will no longer be accepted. Applicants must submit the updated PW1 Form with the revised date of 8/19. Please visit the Service Updates page on the DOB website for more information. Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company, The uniforms may change, but the courage to serve remains constant. At Charlotte Pipe, we honor all the brave men and women that have served in the United States Armed Forces.

THE PLUMBING FOUNDATION’S ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT

Since its establishment in 1986, the Plumbing Foundation has worked diligently to ensure the plumbing industry has as little a “carbon footprint” on New York City as possible. The plumbing industry has historically utilized environmentally friendly materials such as recycled cast-iron and copper piping/fittings. The Foundation will continue in its role of protecting New York City as well as being an advocate for the environment by strengthening its water/sanitary regulations and thereby reducing wasteful water consumption in the City. FLEET Think Fleet First
THE PIPECASTER is published by the Plumbing Foundation City of New York, Inc. 535 Eighth Avenue, Floor 17, New York, NY 10018 | Phone (212) 481-9740 | Fax (212) 481-7185 | (E) info@plumbingfoundation.nyc
Lawrence J. Levine, Chairman; Louis J. Buttermark, Vice Chairman; Barr Rickman, Treasurer; April McIver, Executive Director; Terence O’Brien, Editor. Board of Directors: George Bassolino, Paul Belli, Marc Breslaw, Louis J. Buttermark, Harris Clark, Angelo Lemodetis, Lawrence J. Levine, Adam Levy, Scott Lyons, Andrew Moran, Barr Rickman, Richard Turchiano

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Association of Contracting Plumbers Raises $103,000 For Special Olympics

The Association of Contracting Plumbers of the City of New York, Inc. held its annual “Plumbing Industry Day” Charity Golf Outing on May 6th. The charity chosen this year was the Special Olympics NYC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps athletes with intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to challenge themselves in fair and even competition. Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded Special Olympics in 1968. Just one year later, Dorothy Buehring Phillips inaugurated the program in New York—and the state sent its first delegation of athletes and coaches to the Northeast Regional Special Olympics competition in Boston, Mass. Special Olympics New York was incorporated in 1970 with Phillips as its first State Director. In June 1970, Rochester hosted the first State Summer Games. Today, Special Olympics New York is the largest program in the United States and one of the largest in the world. The Mission of Special Olympics New York is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Several of the athletes attended the golf outing and showed off their impressive skills. The ACP is pleased to report that $103,000 was donated to the Special Olympics NYC. Thank you to everyone who made the day a success!
Association of Contracting Plumbers Raises $103,000 For Special Olympics

L. to R. – Diane Colonna, Regional Vice President Special Olympics; Thomas Maniuszko, ACP Golf Committee Chairman; Matthew Pope, Special Olympics Athlete; Diane Stacey Hengsterman, CEO & President Special Olympics; Justin Bracker, Special Olympics Athlete, and Raymond Cardoza, ACP President

Plumbing Foundation Hosts Table at 2019 ASPE Plumbing & Fire Protection Expo

On May 23, 2019, The Plumbing Foundation City of New York, Inc. hosted a table at the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) 2019 Expo on Plumbing and Fire Protection. April McIver, Executive Director, and Susana Collado, Administrative Assistant, discussed the importance of the Plumbing Foundation’s mission and the need for collaboration of all NYC plumbing industry stakeholders. Plumbing Foundation Hosts Table at 2019 ASPE Plumbing and Fire Protection Expo

2019 Plumbing Industry Promotion Fund Scholarship Award Winners

The Plumbing Industry Promotion Fund of New York City held its annual awards ceremony for recipients of its 2019 scholarship on May 22nd. Each student was awarded an annual $2,000 scholarship. The Promotion Fund provides $100,000 in scholarships each year, to help defray their higher education costs over their next four years of college. The Plumbing Industry Promotion Fund of New York City has been awarding scholarships for over 30 years. To date, the Promotion Fund has disbursed over $1.2 million to more than 420 students. Participants in the scholarship Program may attend any accredited college, university, or approved technical institution in the United States, and may select any course of study.
2019 Plumbing Industry Promotion Fund Scholarship Award Winners

Top L. to R. – 2019 Leonard X. Farbman Scholarship Awards Recipients – Nicholas Barbeisch; Robert Giusti; Patrick Boyle; Drake DeMarco. Bottom L. to R. – Weronika Drozdz; Nicole Emilio; Isabella Butterfield; Jessica McDermott

DOB Procedure For Handling L2 Requests

On June 4, 2019, the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) Limited Alteration Application (LAA) Division shared with the industry a step-by-step guide on requesting L2 overrides, waivers, and reductions.

How to request L2 override/waiver/reduction requests to DOBNOW LAA: Fill out an L2 form and save it to your desktop and please use one of the following methods:

  • Go to www.nyc.gov/dobnowhelp and fill out the fields, selecting:
    • Module: Build
    • Project/Filing Type: LAA
    • Question Category: Request Override, Reduction or Waiver
    • Job/Filing Reference Number Type: Job Filing Number
    • Reference Number: DOB NOW: Build LAA job filing number
    • Supporting Information Upload: select Choose File and clicking Browse to select the form that you saved to your desktop
    • Enter your name, phone and email address, and click Send.
  • Uploading large L2
    • The subject line of L2 email must include:
      • Address of the LAA
      • The job number
      • A brief description of the emergency “for expedite requests only”
The email address is DLAAL2@buildings.nyc.gov. If a permit holder has any objections, he/she may request an appointment by calling 212-393-2406 or emailing the above email address. Appointment hours are Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00am-12:30pm. DOB also notified the industry the current turn around on all non-expedited requests is currently 7-10 days.

Enforcement of Operator Qualification in Covered Task 87

As of April 15, 2019, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (“Con Ed”) and the Brooklyn Union Gas Company d/b/a National Grid (“Nat Grid”) began enforcing Operator Qualification in Covered Task 87 (conducting interior jurisdictional piping construction and maintenance activities). Only New York City licensed master plumbers (LMPs) and those working under NYC LMPs holding Operator Qualification in CT87 (i.e. they are in the Plumbing Foundation’s GOQ membership program and have obtained the e-Wallet Photo ID Card) will be accepted by the Utility Companies for certain construction and maintenance functions. As a reminder, Task 87 covers: “…isolation of piping systems (with approval from the Operator); purging of interior piping systems; making piping connections between interior deenergized piping systems and isolated, engerized piping systems, and constructing meter header assemblies, meter bars, and pressure regulator vent piping assemblies.” The Utilities have or will be updating their instruction manuals (Yellow Book and Blue Book) and training their inspectors on how verification will occur in the field.

NOTE: This is DIFFERENT than Local Law 150 of 2016 NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) gas qualification requirements.

Any further questions on GOQ please visit the Foundation’s website or email GOQmembership@plumbingfoundation.nyc.

Important DOB Service Updates

The NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) has issued several important services updates which can be accessed on its website at www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/business/service-updates.page. First, DOB notified the industry that effective July 12, 2019 Gas Test and Gas Finish self-certifications will no longer be allowed for work done in the Bronx and Queens. A physical inspection witnessed by the Department of Buildings will be required. All inspections must be requested using DOB NOW: Inspections. In addition, DOB announced that effective July 1, 2019, all new applications for the Mechanical Systems (MS), Structural (ST), Plumbing (PL)/Sprinkler (SP)/Standpipe (SD) work types will be mandatory to submit in DOB NOW: Build. DOB also notified the industry that effective June 2, 2019, Fire Alarm (FA), Fire Suppression (FP), and Fire Protection Plan (FPP) work types will no longer be filed with the Department of Buildings. Applicants must file these work types with The Fire Department (FDNY) and pay the filing fees to FDNY. Finally, DOB announced that the Local Law 196 Site Safety Training requirements have been pushed back. The deadlines are now as follows: workers at job sites that must designate a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator, or Site Safety Manager must have 30 hours of site safety training by December 1, 2019 and an additional 10 hours of training by September 1, 2020. Supervisors will need 62 hours of training by the December 1, 2019 deadline. The Plumbing Foundation strongly recommends licensees frequently check the DOB Service Update website to ensure compliance with all policy changes. FLEET Think Fleet First

DEP Launching Water Conservation & Reuse Grant Program

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is launching a new Water Conservation and Reuse Grant program this July. Conservation projects must propose a savings of at least one-million gallons of water per year and projects must cover the cost for replacement of inefficient fixtures and more. Substantial costs can be saved by participating. Applications will be open until October 2019. More information will be available on the DEP’s website. Any questions or to apply, please email waterconservation@dep.nyc.gov. NYC Environmental Protection

THE PLUMBING FOUNDATION’S ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT

Since its establishment in 1986, the Plumbing Foundation has worked diligently to ensure the plumbing industry has as little a “carbon footprint” on New York City as possible. The plumbing industry has historically utilized environmentally friendly materials such as recycled cast-iron and copper piping/fittings. The Foundation will continue in its role of protecting New York City as well as being an advocate for the environment by strengthening its water/sanitary regulations and thereby reducing wasteful water consumption in the City. Wealth Preservation Solutions LLC
THE PIPECASTER is published by the Plumbing Foundation City of New York, Inc. 535 Eighth Avenue, Floor 17, New York, NY 10018 | Phone (212) 481-9740 | Fax (212) 481-7185 | (E) info@plumbingfoundation.nyc
Lawrence J. Levine, Chairman; Thomas Maniuszko, Vice Chairman; Louis J. Buttermark, Treasurer; April McIver, Executive Director; Terence O’Brien, Editor. Board of Directors: George Bassolino, Paul Belli, Marc Breslaw, Louis J. Buttermark, Harris Clark, Angelo Lemodetis, Lawrence J. Levine, Adam Levy, Thomas Maniusko, Andrew Moran, Barr Rickman, Richard Turchiano

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NYC Department of Buildings Commissioner Steps Down

NYC Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick D. Chandler, PE, stepped down from his position at the end of January 2019. He worked for New York City for 31 years, 20 of which were served at the Department of Buildings (“DOB”). First Deputy Commissioner Thomas Fariello, RA, has stepped in as Acting Commissioner until Mayor Bill de Blasio appoints a new permanent DOB Commissioner. The Plumbing Foundation thanks Mr. Chandler for his hard work and transparency as Commissioner of DOB. On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Plumbing Foundation, we wish him luck in his future endeavors. For more information please see the DOB’s press release available at: https://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/010-19/mayor-de-blasio-rick-chandler-stepping-down-buildings-commissioner

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Department of Buildings Notice: Updated L2 Form

The New York City Department of Buildings (“DOB”) recently updated the L2 form to include additional waiver request information. The form is effective as of March 25, 2019. It requires applicants or property owners to submit the revised L2 form when requesting an override, reduction, or waiver of civil penalties for work without a permit. For the service notice please visit this link: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/l2_update_sn.pdf For the revised L2 form please visit this link: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/l2.pdf

Utility Companies Announce Extension of Effective Date For Enforcement of Operator Qualification in CT 87

Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (“Con Ed”) and the Brooklyn Union Gas Company d/b/a National Grid (“Nat Grid”) announced at the beginning of February that the original effective date of January 1, 2019 for enforcement of operator qualification in Covered Task 87 (conducting interior jurisdictional piping construction and maintenance activities) is being extended to April 15, 2019. If you are already in the Plumbing Foundation’s Gas Operator Qualification (“GOQ”) membership program, you are on your way to becoming operator qualified and you should continue to complete the required program components as to not delay obtaining your OQ card. The enforcement date extension by Con Ed and Nat Grid merely provides you more time to comply with the program components but in no way do we recommend you delay your completion of such program components. NOTE: The extension of the OQ requirement for Covered Task 87 does not impact the federally mandated (US DOT) random drug testing which is currently underway as part of the Plumbing Foundation’s GOQ Program. You and/or your employees MUST comply with the random drug testing since the original effective date of Covered Task 87 enforcement was January 1, 2019 and the program was enacted based on that original commencement date. We will advise the industry of the new effective date as soon as possible. For more information please visit our website: https://www.plumbingfoundation.nyc/gas-operator-qualification

Governor Proposes Congestion Pricing Plan in NYS Budget

In January 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced his Executive Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2019-2020. Under Part BB of his proposal for Transportation, Economic Development, and Environmental Conservation, the Governor added a new Article 44-C to the Vehicle and Traffic Law, entitled “Congestion Tolling Program.” The new Article would create a “congestion tolling zone” (the “zone”) which is the geographic area in Manhattan south of and including 60th Street and “to the extent practicable but shall not include FDR Drive.” The zone includes roadways, bridges, tunnels, approaches and/or ramps located within or entering into this zone. Further, it would authorize the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (“TBTA”) to implement this plan and would give TBTA the power to charge tolls and fees for vehicles entering or remaining in the zone. Then on February 26, 2019, a joint press release from Governor Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a 10-point plan to transform and fund the Metropolitan Transit Authority (“MTA”). Part of such plan includes a congestion pricing financing model, which includes electronic tolling devices to be installed on the perimeter of the “Central Business District,” defined as streets south of 61st in Manhattan, excluding the FDR. While emergency vehicles and those operated by or transporting people with disabilities or hardships are exempt, there are no other exemptions or discounts provided to commercial vehicles, specifically service vehicles providing essential 24/7 services like plumbing. During the week of March 11th, the New York State Senate and Assembly both introduced their one-house budget proposals, neither of which included Governor Cuomo’s congestion plan as written. There are several trade associations and coalitions, including the Plumbing Foundation, working to ensure there are reasonable carve outs and/or discounts for commercial vehicles, including 24/7 service vehicles. The NYS Budget is due April 1, 2019. The Plumbing Foundation will provide an update on the final congestion pricing plan if and when it is included in the final adopted Budget.

Heath Consultants Launches Strategic Distribution Partnership with Platsky Company to Offer Best-In-Class Natural Gas Leak Detectors

Platsky Company - Heath Consultants Westbury, NY – March 20, 2019 – Heath Consultants, the world leader in natural gas utility protection products and services, announced a strategic partnership with Platsky Company Inc., a leading manufacturer’s representative agency in the plumbing and utility industries. Platsky Company Inc. will distribute Heath’s custom portable gas detectors to the Metropolitan New York area through a newly formed company called City Calibration Centers. The initial focus will be on the implementation of New York City’s Local Law 152 of 2016: Under New York City Local Law 152 of 2016- all exposed gas piping systems within commercial buildings shall be periodically inspected by a licensed master plumber for excessive corrosion or piping deterioration, illegal connections, and non-code compliant installations. Utilizing a portable combustible gas detector is required and the inspection shall cover all public spaces, hallways, corridors, and mechanical/boilers rooms to determine if there is a gas leak. An inspection revealing a gas leak, or evidence of illegal or non-code compliant installation must be reported to the building owner, the local utility and the Department of Buildings immediately. An unsafe or hazardous condition may result in immediate suspension of gas service to the building until the piping systems are repaired or brought into compliance. The LMP200 gas detector can be used for NYC Local Law 152 Inspections, as well as inside gas jurisdiction inspections governed by the New York State Department of Public Services and “Gas Outs”. NYC Local Law 152 requires the recording of calibrations to be available in real-time. City Calibrations Centers will store the data on a secure cloud. As part of the record keeping, licensed plumbers will need to supply their license number, telephone, email, address and contact name. The LMP200 portable gas detector from Heath will only be available to licensed master plumbers at an introductory price of $1195 plus tax starting in April 2019. A waiting list for the LMP200 is available now and can be accessed by visiting City Calibration Centers Website http://www.citycalibration.com/ City Calibration Centers will be opening strategically located calibration stations at established plumbing supply wholesalers throughout all five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and northern New Jersey. In addition to providing the calibration service, each site will have tools, accessories, and parts available for purchase. Master plumbers can drop the device off at any City Calibration Centers to be sent out for service or repair. City Calibration Centers will be creating a YouTube channel that will allow end-users to view videos on the proper operation of the LMP200. Platsky will also have gas safety instructors who will be able to support licensed master plumbers locally for training.

About Heath Consultants

Since 1933 Heath Consultants Incorporated has led the industry in the safety of natural gas utilities infrastructure through innovative product development and continuous field services growth. Heath’s innovative products have led to safer survey practices for both gas utilities and our own field services division. These breakthroughs in technology are due in large part to the efforts of our engineering and marketing experts who research and develop new products and services through strategic partnerships with well recognized research and development organizations and industry trade associations. For more information, please visit: https://heathus.com.

About Platsky Company

For over 80 years, Platsky has been a manufacturing representative in the plumbing, HVAC, utility and architectural/design industries. The manufacturers Platsky represent offer a complete range of products used in all phases of plumbing and HVAC. From design and specification of new construction to renovation, repairs and service. For more information about how Platsky represents the brands you trust, visit www.platsky.com and follow @platskyco on all social media platforms. For more information concerning this press release contact: Ruth Krueger Digital Content Producer Platsky/PlatskyHVAC Representing The Brands You Trust P: 516-333-9292 x 266 E: rkrueger@platsky.com FLEET Think Fleet First

NYC Department of Buildings Introduces New Construction Safety Units

The New York City Department of Buildings (“DOB”) introduced in January 2019 the reorganization of the BEST Squad, Excavation/Interior Demolition, and Scaffold Safety Units. Two new units have been created: the Construction Safety Enforcement Unit (CSE) and the Construction Safety Compliance Unit (CSC). The CSC is responsible for performing periodic inspections, examinations of site safety plans and full demolition plans, as well as processing site safety-related waiver requests, scaffold safety inspections, and interior and full demolition inspections. The link below includes the forms and email addresses permit holders will need to know to submit requests to the CSC. The CSE is responsible for conducting emergency inspections and for responding to construction incidents, accidents, complaints, and inspections for violations or SWOs issued by the CSC unit. The CSE is also responsible for technical reviews and audits. For more information please refer to DOB’s service notice: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/csc_cse_unit_sn.pdf

THE PLUMBING FOUNDATION’S ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT

Since its establishment in 1986, the Plumbing Foundation has worked diligently to ensure the plumbing industry has as little a “carbon footprint” on New York City as possible. The plumbing industry has historically utilized environmentally friendly materials such as recycled cast-iron and copper piping/fittings. The Foundation will continue in its role of protecting New York City as well as being an advocate for the environment by strengthening its water/sanitary regulations and thereby reducing wasteful water consumption in the City. Wealth Preservation Solutions LLC
THE PIPECASTER is published by the Plumbing Foundation City of New York, Inc. 535 Eighth Avenue, Floor 17, New York, NY 10018 | Phone (212) 481-9740 | Fax (212) 481-7185 | (E) info@plumbingfoundation.nyc
Lawrence J. Levine, Chairman; Thomas Maniuszko, Vice Chairman; Louis J. Buttermark, Treasurer; April McIver, Executive Director; Terence O’Brien, Editor. Board of Directors: George Bassolino, Paul Belli, Marc Breslaw, Louis J. Buttermark, Harris Clark, Angelo Lemodetis, Lawrence J. Levine, Adam Levy, Thomas Maniusko, Andrew Moran, Barr Rickman, Richard Turchiano

Pipecaster Issue 4: Vol. 41

The Plumbing Foundation Guest At Local No. 1 Apprenticeship Graduation

U.A. Plumbers Local Union No. 1 Apprenticeship Program

U.A. Plumbers Local Union No. 1 Apprenticeship Program Graduation; April McIver, Executive Director and Terence O‘Brien Executive Vice President attending

The Plumbing Foundation City of New York’s Executive Director, April McIver, and Executive Vice President of the Association of Contracting Plumbers of the City of New York (ACP), Terence O’Brien, were invited to the November 8, 2018 graduation ceremony honoring the U.A. Plumbers Local Union No. 1 Apprenticeship Program. The ceremony took place at Terrace on the Park in Queens, New York. This New York State Department of Labor (DOL) approved five-year apprenticeship program is jointly administered by ACP. There were 92 graduates overall, each receiving a completion certificate as a Qualified Plumber from DOL. Additionally, 44 earned an Associate in Science degree from the State University of New York, and 15 earned a certificate in CAD Drafting from the New York University School of Professional Studies. All graduates are certified by the New York State Department of Health in Backflow Device testing and certified in Medical Gas installations. All carry Certificates of Fitness from the New York City Fire Department. Finally, all graduates have applied to be Registered Journeyman Plumbers and to receive their Fuel Gas work qualification from the New York City Department of Buildings. The winner of the George Meany Academic Achievement award for the Spring class was Matthew J. Gatewood, and the winner for the Fall class was Dominick Bifolco. Ten graduates were recognized for perfect attendance over the five years of apprenticeship. We congratulate them and all the graduating apprentices.

Reminder: EWN Process In DOB Now

Although the process for submitting emergency work notifications (EWN) has changed, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) has reiterated that the practice of explaining what the EWN is for has not changed and that licensees must still indicate the need for the EWN, e.g. whether for heat, hot water, cooking, etc. In addition, if the licensee is no longer going to do the work, he/she MUST notify DOB of the cancellation or a violation may be issued. E-mail LAA-PR@buildings.nyc.gov.

Authorized Representatives for DOB Inspections

Effective immediately, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) will no longer accept authorized representative letters from licensed master plumbers for any inspections. As a reminder, when a licensee cannot be present for an inspection, either for a physical DOB inspection or self-certification, an authorized person from the licensed firm must be on site. The authorized person must be listed as the contact person within DOB NOW: Inspections. However, the suggestion is to also list 3-4 other people in the comment section, with their cell phone numbers, as a precaution in the event the authorized contact is unable to be on premises. If DOB arrives on a job for an inspection with no listed authorized representative on location, the inspection fails automatically.

Reminder: L2 Submissions and Supersedes

A reminder for the industry that the response time by the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) for non-emergent L2 submissions is 5-10 days. If there is an emergency, an email to DOB must be sent explaining the basis for such emergency and DOB will then respond in 48 hours. The timeframe and conditions are the same for superseding letters. Email DLAAL2@buildings.nyc.gov.

DOB extends deadline for Local Law 196 site safety training requirements

In November 2018, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) issued a Service Update extending the date for compliance with several phases of the Site Safety Training Law, Local Law 196 of 2017. Local Law 196 requires certain workers and supervisors to receive safety training at construction sites that are required to designate a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator, and/or Site Safety Manager. Now, workers will need a minimum of 30 hours of training and supervisors will need 62 hours of training by June 1, 2019 (previously December 1, 2018). In addition, workers will need an additional 10 hours of training by September 1, 2020. To access the service update, please visit the DOB website. www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/local_law_196_sn.pdf

Questions and Feedback on New DOB Now Filing System for LAAS

This past October, the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) required filings for Limited Alteration Applications (LAAs) and Emergency Work Notifications (EWNs) be done through the new DOB NOW system. The Plumbing Foundation disseminated several notices regarding the upcoming filing requirements and shared information on how to sign up for DOB’s training sessions. Since October, the industry has raised a lot of questions, concerns, and has shared other feedback regarding the system’s implementation. DOB has been responsive regarding the industry’s feedback and has published a list of Frequently Asked Questions to further assist Licensed Plumbers in becoming familiarized with the new filing system. DOB has also explained it expects to issue updates/improvements to the system at least throughout next year. DOB has requested that questions, concerns, and feedback regarding the new system are submitted through the “Help” function on the DOB NOW: Build login page. https://a810-efiling.nyc.gov/eRenewal/dobNowHelp.jsp

New Gas Laws in Effect January 1, 2019

The Plumbing Foundation wants to remind the industry of several gas laws coming into effect on January 1, 2019: Operator Qualification for Covered Tasks 86/87 First, the Utility companies (Con Edison & National Grid), by virtue of the US Department of Transportation (“USDOT”) and the New York State Public Service Commission (“PSC”), will be requiring licensed master plumbers (“LMPs”) and LMPs’ employees who perform plumbing work to be operator qualified in Covered Task 86 (Inspections) and/or Covered Task 87 (Maintenance/Repairs) to do such inspections and/ or maintenance on USDOT jurisdictional gas piping. Operator Qualification entails a 7-hour course and a written and practical examination. This will also require anyone doing such inspections and/or maintenance to take a baseline (“pre-employment”) drug and alcohol test and to be part of a drug testing pool; per USDOT requirements, 50% of such pool will be drug tested at random per year. The Utilities will be making such requirements effective in their respective operating manuals by January 1, 2019. To assist the industry in complying with the above requirements, the Plumbing Foundation released its application for Gas Operator Qualification (“GOQ”) Membership in mid-June. GOQ Membership includes coordination of operator qualification training, cost and coordination of the baseline and random drug testing, and cost and coordination of operator qualification exams. If you have not already completed the necessary steps to become operator qualified, please visit our website for more background information, application instructions and documents, and a list of Frequently Asked Questions: www.plumbingfoundation.nyc/gas-operator-qualification

Local Law 152: Periodic Inspections of Building Gas Piping

In addition, another law regarding inspections of gas piping in NYC buildings goes into effect January 1, 2019. Local Law 152 of 2016 requires periodic inspections of “building gas piping systems,” which refers to all exposed gas piping from point of entry of the gas piping into the building, including building services meters, other than gas piping systems of buildings classified in occupancy group R-3 (2 families or less). According to the law, this does not include gas piping within apartments, but does include inspection of public spaces, hallways, corridors, and mechanical and boiler rooms. These inspections, which must be completed by an NYC Licensed Master Plumber or an individual working under an NYC Licensed Master Plumber, fall within the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Buildings (“DOB”). At the end of November, DOB issued proposed rules detailing what the qualifications are to conduct such inspections, as well as the breakdown of the inspection cycle. DOB is accepting comments until the Hearing date of January 2, 2019 (Note: the day after the law goes into effect). Therefore, inspections will not be acceptable to DOB until the rules governing them are established. The industry has already been working together to address its concerns with the draft rules and will be submitting its revisions to DOB to ensure continuity with Operator Qualification in Covered Task 86, as well as to institute a more practical inspection cycle breakdown. The Plumbing Foundation, working with industry stakeholders, will apprise the industry on its efforts to revise the proposed rules for Local Law 152.

Local Law 150: DOB Gas Qualification

Finally, while Local Law 150 of 2016, which requires licensed plumbers and their technicians who conduct gas work on building gas piping to hold a DOB-issued gas qualification, does not come into full effect until January 1, 2020, DOB has begun issuing notices regarding the law. First, the law has a cut-off date for DOB-registered journeyman; as of January 1, 2019 if someone is not a fully registered journeyman with DOB (meaning completed all steps and has his/her card) then he/she will have to take additional training to hold a DOB-gas qualification. Those fully registered by December 31, 2018 would only need to follow the steps in DOB NOW: Licensing to request a gas qualification card. Otherwise, DOB will be issuing more information on how and where plumbing technicians, including journeymen registered after December 31, 2018, can take the necessary training to become gas-qualified with DOB. As a reminder, licensed plumbers are exempt from any additional training requirements for purposes of Local Law 150. The Plumbing Foundation will be keeping the industry updated as DOB issues additional notices on Local Law 150.

Anti-Sexual Harassment Laws and Applicable Effective Dates

In 2018, several laws and regulations on both the State and City levels were adopted to combat sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination in the workplace. Given that several effective dates have been pushed back, the Plumbing Foundation wanted to share the below timeline of effective dates for employers to comply with the State and City laws.

Effective April 1, 2019 – NYC LAW IN EFFECT

Employers with 15 or more employees must conduct annual anti-sexual harassment training for its employees. Training may be live or by interactive video.

Effective October 9, 2019 – NYS LAW IN EFFECT

All employers, regardless of size, must conduct anti-sexual harassment training for its employees. Training may be live or online. This training must be done on an annual basis. Check the NYS Official Website and NYC Commission on Human Rights websites for more information regarding your obligations under the laws as well as for helpful resources.

THE PLUMBING FOUNDATION’S ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT

Since its establishment in 1986, the Plumbing Foundation has worked diligently to ensure the plumbing industry has as little a “carbon footprint” on New York City as possible. The plumbing industry has historically utilized environmentally friendly materials such as recycled cast-iron and copper piping/fittings. The Foundation will continue in its role of protecting New York City as well as being an advocate for the environment by strengthening its water/sanitary regulations and thereby reducing wasteful water consumption in the City. FLEET Think Fleet First Wealth Preservation Solutions LLC

THE PIPECASTER is published by the Plumbing Foundation City of New York, Inc. 535 Eighth Avenue, Floor 17, New York, NY 10018 (P) (212) 481-9740 | (F) (212) 481-7185 | (E) info@plumbingfoundation.nyc

Lawrence J. Levine, Chairman; Thomas Maniuszko, Vice Chairman; Louis J. Buttermark, Treasurer; April McIver, Executive Director; Terence O’Brien, Editor. Board of Directors: George Bassolino, Paul Belli, Marc Breslaw, Louis J. Buttermark, Harris Clark, Angelo Lemodetis, Lawrence J. Levine, Adam Levy, Thomas Maniusko, Andrew Moran, Barr Rickman, Richard Turchiano