Code Rule 56 Changes
NYSDOL is pressing ahead with their planned revision to ICR56, although movement through the regulatory process has slowed release of the proposed changes for public hearing until at least December and likely early next year. Perhaps the departure of Senior Engineer Chris Alonge from the NYSDOL Engineering Services Unit earlier this fall has contributed to the delay.
The proposed changes address fire and life safety issues to ensure that asbestos abatement projects are conducted consistent with the NYS Fire and Building Codes. NYSDOL is also considering changes that would affect abatement and monitoring procedures, included expansion of the incidental disturbance provisions to include “small projects” and standardization of air sampling technique. Take a look at Mr. Alonge’s presentation on the proposed changes from the ’12 PACNY conference but don’t take everything there verbatim, as there’s been some changes to revisions by NYSDOL since Spring.
Stay tuned to our website for updates on that and on other exciting developments. We continue to add valuable information to our “Important Documents” tab, including the latest NYSDOH ELAP requirements for asbestos in vermiculite and the new HUD Lead Based Paint Guidelines.
Speaking of exciting, next week’s Essentials for Healthy Homes Practitioner session is filling up. This two day course is only offered in Western New York once or twice a year and runs based on adequate registration. This one’s a go!
Lest we forget, we have several critical refreshers next week in Rochester:
Asbestos Supervisor, December 4
Asbestos Handler, December 5
Asbestos Inspector & Manager Planner, December 6
EEA is also providing the EPA Lead Renovator again next Friday, December 7 through the City of Rochester Lead Program at no charge. Contact our Rochester office directly (585 783 1465) for more information or to register.
Our January thru April training schedule should be on-line very soon. Call or drop us an email if you are looking for something specific.