Enacts the school buildings carbon monoxide act requiring the building code to include standards for the installation of operable carbon monoxide detectors in every elementary and secondary school building within the state wherein the use of heating or other equipment poses a substantial risk of exposure to carbon monoxide.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to enacting the "school buildings carbon monoxide act"
PURPOSE: To protect the health and safety of elementary and secondary school students by requiring installation of carbon monoxide detectors in all school buildings where the use of heating or other equipment poses a substantial risk of exposure to carbon monoxide.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one amends Section 378 of the Executive law to provide that the New York Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code Council shall adopt regulations requiring the installation of operable carbon monoxide detectors in every elementary and secondary school building within the state where the use of heating or other equipment poses a substantial risk of exposure to carbon monoxide.
The regulations would provide that any carbon monoxide detection equipment installed shall be listed by a nationally recognized testing lab as meeting or exceeding American National Standards Institute/Underwriters Laboratories (ANSI/UL) standard 2075 or ANSI/UL standard 2034; and be installed in accordance with manufacturer's instructions and installation requirements of national fire protection association standard 720, 2012 edition.
For any new school buildings or substantially renovated, the regulations prohibit installation of battery operated detection equipment and require that a signal from a detector be automatically transmitted to an approved supervising station.
Section two provides for a January 1, 2014 effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas which can cause nausea, headaches and dizziness. If it is allowed to build up in closed quarters, it can be deadly.
This bill provides that the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council, given their expertise in life safety codes and technology, implement regulations requiring the installation of operable carbon monoxide detectors in every elementary and secondary school building where the use of heating or other equipment poses a substantial risk of exposure to carbon monoxide. It provides some flexibility in existing occupancies of school buildings to allow for the installation of detectors or alarms that meet or exceed ANSI/UL 2034 or ANSI/UL 2075 which would help control costs.
The importance of carbon monoxide detectors cannot be underestimated. Installing carbon monoxide detectors in school buildings is a cost-effective, reliable way to ensure that children, faculty and support staff at schools are protected from carbon monoxide poisoning.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2014.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5158 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 13, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. GRIFFO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to enacting the "school buildings carbon monoxide act" THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 378 of the executive law is amended by adding a new subdivision 17 to read as follows: 17. STANDARDS FOR THE INSTALLATION OF OPERABLE CARBON MONOXIDE DETEC- TORS IN EVERY ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL BUILDING WITHIN THE STATE WHEREIN THE USE OF HEATING OR OTHER EQUIPMENT POSES A SUBSTANTIAL RISK OF EXPOSURE TO CARBON MONOXIDE. A. SUCH REGULATIONS SHALL PROVIDE THAT: (I) ANY CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTION EQUIPMENT INSTALLED SHALL BE LISTED BY A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED TESTING LABORATORY AS MEETING OR EXCEEDING AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARDS INSTITUTE/UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES (ANSI/UL) STANDARD 2075 OR ANSI/UL STANDARD 2034; AND (II) CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTION EQUIPMENT SHALL BE INSTALLED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE MANUFACTURER'S INSTRUCTIONS AND INSTAL- LATION REQUIREMENTS OF NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION STANDARD 720, 2012 EDITION. B. FOR ANY SCHOOL BUILDING FOR WHICH A PERMIT FOR NEW OCCUPANCY OR A PERMIT FOR RENOVATION IS ISSUED ON OR AFTER JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN, SUCH REGULATIONS SHALL (I) PROHIBIT THE INSTALLATION OF ANY BATTERY-OPERATED CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTION EQUIPMENT OR ANY PLUG-IN CARBON MONOXIDE WARNING EQUIPMENT THAT HAS A BATTERY AS ITS BACK-UP POWER SOURCE; AND (II) REQUIRE THAT A SIGNAL FROM A CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR SHALL BE AUTOMATICALLY TRANSMITTED TO AN APPROVED SUPERVISING STATION OR CONSTANTLY ATTENDED ON-SITE LOCATION. S 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2014.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10514-01-3