New York: Emergency Carbon Monoxide Detection Device Rule Announced [US]

On October 7th, 2015, the New York Department of State announced an emergency rule that would require commercial buildings and restaurants to have carbon monoxide detection devices.

The new rule amends the State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (Uniform Code) by adding the carbon monoxide detector requirement for commercial buildings and restaurants.

Detection in commercial buildings

The New York Department of State has enacted emergency rules that require commercial buildings and restaurants that are potential sources of carbon monoxide to be equipped with carbon monoxide detection devices.

Specifically, the rule amends 19 NYCRR Part 1228 (“Additional Uniform Code Provisions”) of the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code by adding a new section: 1228.4 (“Carbon Monoxide Detection in Commercial Buildings”).

Provisions of the new rule

New York State law currently requires one- and two-family homes and apartments to be equipped with carbon monoxide detectors.

This emergency rule adoption extends this requirement to every commercial building and restaurant that contains a carbon monoxide source, a garage, and/or is attached to a garage or other motor-vehicle-related structure.

The new rule also provides manufacture, design, and installation standards for carbon monoxide detection devices.

Area concerned

The rule applies to all regions of New York State except New York City.

Although scheduled to expire on November 19th, 2015, the New York Department of State plans to adopt the emergency rule indefinitely.

Red-on-line EHS Legalist

Sources:

Emergency Rulemaking: Installation of Carbon Monoxide Detecting Devices in Commercial Buildings, New York State Register, October 7th, 2015.

State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (Uniform Code)

19 NYCRR Part 1228

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