Increased Gas Safety in NYC
Earlier this month Mayor de Blasio signed several pieces of legislation which will increase gas safety across New York City. In the event of a gas outage these bills will help protect tenants and also improve safety by requiring better information sharing between City agencies and gas utilities.
|The bills passed include the following new provisions related to gas safety:
- All gas piping work must be performed by a person with DOB mandated qualifications
- The DOB’s final gas piping inspection must be conducted in the presence of the building owner or superintendent
- Building owners must have gas piping systems inspected every 5 years by a DOB qualified inspector
- Dwelling owners must provide written instructions to current and prospective tenants for what to do in the event of a gas leak
- Gas service operators and owners must notify DOB within 24 hours of gas service being shut off in a building and when gas cannot be restored due to safety concerns
- The Mayor will designate an agency or office to identify potential health or safety hazards such as unauthorized gas usage
- Gas utility corporations must provide annual reports detailing the condition of gas asset planned infrastructure projects and investment priorities over the next year
- DOB will establish or adopt a standard for the installation and location of natural gas detectors after an industry standard has been promulgated
- DOB will create a penalty waiver program, which will allow building owners to bring appliances and systems up to code without paying a penalty
- Certain violations will be classified as “immediately hazardous” such as installing gas without a permit
To learn more see the press release from the Office of the Mayor here.