Plumbing Foundation to set out new rules, regs on gas safety

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The Plumbing Foundation City of New York is set to host a
virtual seminar aimed at educating building owners and managers on new gas
safety and inspection requirements.

Following deadly gas explosions that rocked East Harlem and
the East Village in 2014 and 2015, the New York City Council enacted a series
of local laws that established new regulatory oversight and mandatory
inspections for natural gas systems, intended to enhance safety and prevent
future catastrophes.

As those laws, most notably Local Law 152 (2016), take effect, the Plumbing Foundation seminar is tailored specifically for building owners and managers.

JOHN GILBERT

Rudin Management COO John J. Gilbert III will join
presenters from Con Edison, Northeast Gas Association and The PAR Group to
provide an overview of the new inspection process from both building
owner/manager and utility perspectives, outline available resources to building
owners/managers, detail potential impacts that inspections will have on
commercial tenants and more.

“New York is populated by complex mixed use buildings that
have numerous meters for both commercial and residential tenants. These are the
first new laws to take effect in decades that govern how those natural gas
connections will be inspected. It’s in every owner’s and management company’s
interests to make sure they’re up to date on the latest rules and regulations,”
Gilbert said.  

According to April McIver, Executive Director, Plumbing Foundation City of New York, the purpose of the virtual symposium is to offer a comprehensive overview of the new, multilayered regulatory structure that will affect residential and commercial buildings all across New York City.

APRIL McIVER

“These new laws include very specific responsibilities for
landlords that go well beyond previous requirements, some of which are complex
and involve licensed master plumbers, professional engineers and coordination
with public utilities. The Plumbing Foundation’s aim is to be a one-stop
resource for building owners and managers when it comes to providing clear and
accurate information pertaining to the new gas system inspection laws.”  

For instance, the new laws mandate that inspections,
compliance filings and any deficiency corrections must occur within specified
timeframes or building owners face $10,000 violations, stoppage of gas service,
and the potential loss of insurance coverage.

McIver continued, “It is in the best interests of building
owners and managers to have a full understanding of the laws to protect
themselves both financially and from a liability perspective, as service
disruptions can be costly and take months to correct.”

The seminar takes place on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 11 a.m. For registration information, click here

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