New York State Department of Labor Industrial Code Rule 56 Asbestos Survey Exemptions (And why these are not actually exemptions)

Regulations pertaining to asbestos surveys in New York State are included in the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) Industrial Code Rule 56 (Part 56 of Title 12 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York, cited as 12 NYCRR Part 56). 12 NYCRR Part 56 requires the identification of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) whenever all or part of a building or structure will be demolished, renovated, remodeled, or repaired.

Concrete Shrinkage and Cracks

I had a college professor that said concrete was guaranteed to do two things…harden and crack. Hardened concrete is the result of hydration, a chemical reaction between cement and water. The loss of water from the concrete as it cures results in a reduction in concrete volume, or shrinkage.

PFAS in New York State

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals, including perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), used in the production of a wide variety of consumer goods. PFAS have been commonly found in food packaging, household cleaning products, stain repellents, pesticides, and fire-retarding foam. PFAS can collect in water and soil, where the contaminants enter the food chain or are directly consumed by humans.

Hot Weather Concrete

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) defines ‘Hot Weather’ as high ambient temperatures, high concrete temperatures, low relative humidity, high wind speed, solar radiation, or any combination that will impair the quality of concrete due to accelerated moisture loss and/or cement hydration. Most summer days in New York State would qualify as ‘Hot Weather’, using ACI’s definition.