Legionella Standard Getting Traction

  • 2017-08-01

Owners' Responsibilities are Challenging - Insurance Industry Reacts The Background In February of 2013, WCD first identified Legionella as an emerging environmental risk to the real estate community. This was predicated on an increase in cases and a new Standard for designers and building owners then proposed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers ("ASHRAE"), and the American National Standards Institute ("ANSI"). The Standard, ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015, became effective in June, 2015 and has specific requirements for building owners. The Standard is now gaining momentum and is being aggressively addressed in the real estate and insurance communities. This…

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Silica Regulatory Alert

  • 2016-03-29

OSHA’s Revised Silica Standard It is estimated that 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in the workplace, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone. In an effort to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease in America’s workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revised the rule for exposure limits to respirable crystalline silica. Background Original standards were set by the Department to limit worker exposure in 1971. Back then, the construction standard for silica used light microscopy and low…

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New York State Regulatory Alert

  • 2015-09-08

State Requires Mold Inspections to be Performed by Licensed  Inspectors On January 29, 2015, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law Bill s3667D-2013. This new Bill, which came into effect on July 28, 2015, amends the New York State's labor law by introducing Article 32, requiring the licensing of mold assessment and remediation specialists, and sets forth minimum work standards for these professionals. The purpose of Article 32 of the Labor Law, as the law is known, is to ensure the safety of the general public by mandating that only licensed professionals are performing mold assessment, abatement, and remediation. Summary of Requirements:  The…

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Mold Regulatory Alert

  • 2015-05-06

State of New York Announces Forthcoming Mold Regulations In response to concerns that arose following cleanup and remediation of mold following Hurricane Sandy, Governor Cuomo has signed legislation that will result in licensing of mold investigators and remediators through the New York State Department of Labor, effective July 2015 (Bill A4759-2015). Licensing, as well as minimal standards for both building investigations for mold and necessary remediation will now become regulated at the State level. This will impact New York Property Owners and Managers. Summary of Regulations The regulations are modeled after similar regulations for asbestos that have been in place…

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Risk Alert—A WCD Group Newsletter

  • 2012-07-10

Prevent Legionella with New Industry Standard: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has proposed a new standard, ASHRAE 188P, to provide uniform practices in the prevention of Legionellosis (Legionnaire's disease and Pontiac fever) associated with building water systems. The new standard establishes barriers to the transmission of Legionella, implements sound maintenance procedures, and utilizes hazard control. Legionella is responsible for multiple deaths in buildings each year, and is a CDC reportable disease. With the adoption of ASHRAE 188P, Building Owners, Managers/Operators, Architects, Engineers, and contractors installing, operating, maintaining and servicing centralized industrial or commercial building…

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Risk Alert – Toxic Mold Litigation

Risk Alert – Toxic Mold Litigation

  • 2012-06-06

A recent decision in New York State Supreme Court with regard to bodily injury claims from mold exposure appears to have reopened opportunities for increased "toxic mold" litigation (Cornell v 360 W. 51st Realty, LLC).

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