Proper Boiler Commissioning and Boiler Inspections Keep the Public Safe

Posted by Greg Frazier on Fri, Dec 30, 2016 @ 02:56 PM

There is a potential hidden danger that may be lying in wait in your neighborhood’s hospital, your kid’s school, your town shopping center or even your apartment complex. High pressure boilers deliver hot steam under pressure to be used in comfort heating and manufacturing processes. They are commonly used in hospitals, laundromats, dry cleaners, hotels, and schools; but a poorly maintained or improperly operated boiler has the potential to explode. The bigger the boiler… or the more pressure… the bigger the explosion.  A faulty or defective boiler is essentially a small bomb. Some boiler explosions cause substantial property damage. Some are much, much worse. Thankfully, there are regulations in place to protect the public from a catastrophic boiler failure. These regulations vary from state to state, however many of them incorporate some form of periodic boiler inspection as an integral requirement. 

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Proper Commissioning and Initial Startup Procedures Extend Boiler Life

Posted by Greg Frazier on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 @ 04:39 PM

Every boiler is unique. Even when they are the same exact models, they are still unique from each other. Metal thickness, skin temperatures, heat tolerances are all direct evidence of this. One of the most important steps in boiler’s lifetime (regardless of make, model or serial number) is when it goes through its initial startup and commissioning process. When done properly, it sets the tone for the how the boiler will operate during optimum conditions. When done poorly, or not at all, it could lead to immediate and profound problems. While there are multiple checkpoints that must be verified and tested during startup, this post will focus on the ones regarding boiler water treatment and what is required for the cleaning and chemical passivation of a new boiler system.

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November 1st Deadline for Annual Certification of NY Cooling Towers!

Posted by Greg Frazier on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 @ 03:42 PM

In its all-out war against the mighty legionella bacteria, New York has passed sweeping legislation regarding cooling towers over the past year. One of the upcoming deadlines in New York City and State regarding compliance is the portion of the laws that require annual cooling tower certification. In the State of New York, building owners and property managers must annually certify that their cooling towers have been inspected, tested, cleaned and disinfected in compliance with New York State Legionella Law - Part 4 of Title 10: Protection Against Legionella. New York City has their own version of this law that must also be followed by building owner that operate a cooling tower with the five boroughs of NYC; the requirements of which are spelled out in Local Law 77 of 2015 and Chapter 8 (Cooling Towers) of Title 24 of the Rules of the City of New York.

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New York City vs New York State Legionella Laws – The Definitive Guide

Posted by Greg Frazier on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 @ 09:15 PM

Since the Legionella Outbreak of 2015 in the South Bronx, there has been a lot of confusion over the following topics: What is Legionella and what needs to be done in New York City and New York State to be in compliance with the new cooling tower laws.  The City and State laws were recently passed with the intention of preventing the spread of Legionella bacteria through cooling towers. As the agents from the various local health departments throughout New York begin to enforce compliance throughout the state, building owners look to their environmental consultants and water treatment companies for answers. The problem is that the New York City laws only pertain to properties that are located in the 5 Boroughs of NYC and they are slightly different than the laws that pertain to rest of the State of New York. Hopefully, this post will clear up a lot of the confusion. 

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NYCRR Title 10 Part 4 Replaces NY State Emergency Legionella Laws

Posted by Greg Frazier on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 @ 04:56 PM

New Law Passed for Cooling Tower Owners in New York State!

On July 6th, 2016, New York State adopted a new Part 4 to Title 10 of the New York Code, Rules and Regulations entitled Protection Against Legionella. Officially known as NYCRR Title 10 Part 4: Protection Against Legionella, it is now the definitive regulation governing Legionella prevention in New York. This new legislation closely mirrors NYC’s Title 24 Chapter 8 of the Rules of the City of New York and the New York State emergency legislation that it replaces regarding legionella in cooling towers for all buildings and legionella in potable water systems for healthcare facilities throughout New York State. There are however, some significant additions and changes that NY building owners should be aware of. If you are responsible for a cooling tower in the State of New York, including the five boroughs, you are probably going to want to be familiar with this new law.

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New Cooling Tower Maintenance Law UPDATE Effective May 9th for NYC!

Posted by Greg Frazier on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 @ 11:19 PM

Attention New York City Building Owners!

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The  NYC Cooling Tower Maintenance Program March 1st Deadline is Here!

Posted by Greg Frazier on Tue, Mar 01, 2016 @ 11:55 PM

Attention NYC Building Owners! The governing bodies of New York City and New York State are requiring all owners of cooling towers to implement a Cooling Tower Maintenance Program and Plan by March 1st, 2016 or face potential fines and penalties. Navigating the City and State laws that require this maintenance plan to be in place may not be easy for some and there is a possibility that many cooling tower owners do not even realize that there are new requirements that need their attention immediately.

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Cooling Tower Water Treatment Test Kit Complies with NY Legionella Law

Posted by Greg Frazier on Tue, Mar 01, 2016 @ 12:19 PM

Owners of cooling towers in New York City will probably need to start testing their cooling tower water treatment chemicals on a daily basis if the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has something to say about it.  And they certainly do have something to say about it...

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Title 24 Chapter 8 Proposes to Change How NYC Operates Cooling Towers

Posted by Greg Frazier on Mon, Feb 01, 2016 @ 10:03 AM

If you are just catching up on your New York Cooling Tower laws, there has been a lot going on lately! Building owners, water treatment companies, and environmental consultants have all been struggling to keep up with the evolving regulations. The current “law of the land” that governs what must be done in order to properly operate a cooling tower in New York City was established in Local Law 77 of 2015 which was passed by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 18th, 2015.

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DOHMH Public Hearing Scheduled to Discuss NYC Cooling Tower Law Update

Posted by Greg Frazier on Mon, Dec 28, 2015 @ 07:50 PM

This past summer New York City experienced the worst Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in its recorded history. In what is now being referred to as the NYC Legionella Outbreak of 2015, more than 130 people were sickened and 16 people tragically died. In an effort to keep the public safe, both the City and State of New York passed emergency legislation designed to regulate the operation and maintenance of cooling towers. Today, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) seeks to make those emergency provisions stronger and lasting; and will hold a public hearing to discuss and pass their newly proposed rules. The hearing will take place from 10AM to 12PM on January 4, 2016 at DOHMH headquarters in Long Island City. Once the hearing is over, the DOHMH will modify the rules based on the public’s feedback, if necessary, and then draft a final version.  A copy is then published in the City Record and submitted to the City Council where it will be voted on to become law. This legislation will have an effect on the operation procedures of any building that operates a cooling, as well as the water treatment companies and environmental consulting firms that service them.

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