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What is a “Qualified Person” for NYC Cooling Tower Compliance?

Jun 15, 2018 | News

If you’ve ever taken a look at Local Law 77 or Chapter 8 of the Rules of the City of New York, both of which revolve heavily around the subject of compliance, testing, and regulation of cooling towers in New York, you’ve probably noticed a vague reference amid the myriad of stipulations: a “qualified person” needed to perform daily and weekly monitoring, and help develop and implement a Cooling Tower Maintenance Program and Plan (MPP) in line with the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Condition Engineers Standard.

But exactly… who qualifies as a “qualified person” when it comes to NYC cooling tower compliance?

The answer is provided by the same legislation that regulates how frequently monitoring, testing, and cleanings need to be performed. According to the legislation, a “qualified person” is a New York State-licensed and registered professional engineer; a certified industrial hygienist; a certified water technologist with training and experience developing maintenance plans and performing inspections in accordance with current standard industry protocols including, but not limited to ANSI/ASHRAE 188-2015; or an environmental consultant with at least two years of operation experience in water management planning and operation.

What this means is that while there is some broad license in who a qualified person might be, the key takeaways of this passage are that it’s very likely that unless someone within your operation currently meets those credentials, there’s a good chance you’ll need to bring in a third-party consultant or consulting company to act as your qualified person.

Choose wisely because this qualified person will not only be keeping records for state and city agencies, but he/she will also assist in annual inspections by the Department of Buildings and manage any violations and remediation processes that need to take place after a violation.

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