10 Things to Include in Your New York State COVID Business Safety Plan for Reopening

New York State’s PAUSE is slowing lifting across the State region by region, with Long Island’s Phase I businesses given the green light to resume operations effective May 27th.  Phase I businesses include construction, curbside retail service, manufacturing, and wholesale trade.  Phase II businesses including professional services, finance and insurance, administrative support, retail and real… Read More

Did you receive a NYCDEP Right-To-Know Violation?

Did you receive a NYCDEP Right-To-Know Violation? Did you know that every facility in New York City that stores hazardous material and substances must submit a Hazardous Materials Inventory of their facility to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and the New York City Fire Department annually? Yes, every year. When is the… Read More

Did you receive a Local Law 84/133 Benchmarking Violation?

Did you receive a Local Law 84/133 Benchmarking Violation? According to New York City’s Covered Buildings List for Compliance in 2019 (https://www1.nyc.gov/html/gbee/downloads/pdf/2019%20LL87%20CBL%20Final.pdf), over 15,000 buildings larger than 25,000 square feet are required to submit an Energy Efficiency Report. This is regulated under Local Law 84 and Local Law 133: Benchmarking. The regulation requires you to… Read More

Industrial Stormwater Pollution in MS4 Areas

Industrial Stormwater Pollution in MS4 Areas It is illegal to discharge polluted stormwater to surface waterbodies. Many industrial business owners overlook their site’s potential to pollute surface waters because their stormwater drains to a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4). Unlike combined storm and sanitary sewers, MS4’s discharge untreated stormwater to surface waters. If you… Read More

What is the Importance of Record Keeping?

Importance of record keeping

Now that the stress and uncertainty of an inspection (and any resulting violations) are behind you, it’s time to ensure your record keeping system is fully optimized. Clear, consistent, and organized records are important for maintaining compliance and avoiding future issues. While some regulations require you to keep records for a certain number of years,… Read More

What To Do If You Get A Violation

Inspection violations come in a variety of formats. In most cases, if it is a minor first violation and you take the necessary steps to correct the issue, you won’t receive a fine. If you do receive a fine for a first time offense, it will likely be minimal. Because of this, you probably will… Read More

What to do When Government Visits: Post-Inspection

The period after your inspection is complete is the perfect time to take a deep breath, get organized, and prepare for the next inspection. The following tasks are best done immediately after your inspection while the information is still fresh. The longer you wait, the less likely you are to accurately recall everything that happened…. Read More

What to do When an Inspector Shows Up

The moment you’ve been preparing for is finally here: government inspector has arrived at your facility to determine if you are compliant with their agency’s regulations. Luckily, if you’ve done the work of knowing what regulations apply to you and prepared both your employees and your facility, there’s no reason to panic.Follow these steps of… Read More