senate Bill S2642

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Requires mandatory compliance with existing safe handling and personal protective measures by workers who come into contact with pressure-treated wood marine piling

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S2642 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 27 Title 29 §27-2901, Art 71 Title 28 §§71-2801 & 71-2803, En Con L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S1110

S2642 - Bill Texts

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Requires mandatory compliance with existing safe handling and personal protective measures by workers who come into contact with pressure-treated wood marine piling.

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BILL NUMBER:S2642

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to the safe
handling by workers of pressure-treated wood

PURPOSE:
This legislation requires mandatory
compliance with existing
safe handling and personal protective measures by workers who come
into contact with pressure treated wood marine piling.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Article 27 of the environmental
conservation law
is amended by adding a new title 29 to require mandatory compliance
with existing safe handling and personal protective measures by
workers who come into contact with pressure treated wood marine
piling. Enforcement of this section will require a written warning for
a first violation and any subsequent violations will be subject to a
civil penalty of not more than $2,500 for each such violation and an
additional penalty of not more than $500 for each day during which
the violation occurs.

JUSTIFICATION:
It is important for dock builders or
other workers who
handle treated marine piling to follow proper industrial hygiene
practices, such as simple measures to avoid or reduce dermal contact.
Because many dock builders and other workers who handle treated
marine piling do not routinely follow such safe handling measures,
this bill makes their utilization mandatory and protects their health
and well-being.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.4375 of 2007-2008
S.1110 of 2009-2010

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2642

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 27, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  GRISANTI,  MARCELLINO  --  read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environ-
  mental Conservation

AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation  to  the
  safe handling by workers of pressure-treated wood

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Article 27 of the environmental conservation law is amended
by adding a new title 29 to read as follows:
                                TITLE 29
            WORKERS SAFE HANDLING OF TREATED WOOD ENFORCEMENT
SECTION 27-2901. MANDATORY COMPLIANCE WITH EXISTING  SAFE  HANDLING  AND
                   PERSONAL PROTECTIVE MEASURES.
S 27-2901. MANDATORY COMPLIANCE WITH EXISTING SAFE HANDLING AND PERSONAL
             PROTECTIVE MEASURES.
  1. ANY PERSON WHO EMPLOYS A WORKER WHO COMES INTO OCCUPATIONAL CONTACT
WITH  PRESSURE-TREATED  WOOD  MARINE  PILING SHALL REQUIRE THAT ALL SUCH
WORKERS ON THE WORKSITE COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE  PRECAUTIONARY  MEAS-
URES,  PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING REQUIREMENTS, AND SAFE
HANDLING AND USE PROCEDURES, SET FORTH ON  THE:  (I)  SUPPLIER  MATERIAL
SAFETY DATA SHEET (MSDS) ACCOMPANYING PRESSURE-TREATED MARINE PILING, OR
AS MAY BE REQUIRED BY ANY OTHER APPLICABLE FEDERAL OR STATE OCCUPATIONAL
SAFETY  AND  HEALTH  REGULATION;  AND  (II)  CONSUMER  INFORMATION SHEET
APPROVED BY THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY  FOR  SAFE
AND  PROPER  HANDLING  AND  USE  OF  PRESSURE-TREATED WOOD PRODUCTS. THE
EMPLOYER SHALL POST A SIGN IN CONSPICUOUS VIEW AT OR NEAR  THE  WORKSITE
WHICH  STATES THE SAFETY AND HEALTH PROTECTION PROCEDURES REQUIRED TO BE
FOLLOWED PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION.
  2. ANY WORKER WHO COMES INTO OCCUPATIONAL CONTACT WITH PRESSURE-TREAT-
ED MARINE PILING SHALL COMPLY WITH ALL  APPLICABLE  PRECAUTIONARY  MEAS-
URES,  PERSONAL  PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING REQUIREMENTS AND SAFE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06963-01-1

S. 2642                             2

HANDLING AND USE PROCEDURES PROVIDED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS
SECTION.
  S  2.  Article  71 of the environmental conservation law is amended by
adding a new title 28 to read as follows:
                                 TITLE 28
                  ENFORCEMENT OF TITLE 29 OF ARTICLE 27
SECTION 71-2801. APPLICABILITY OF THIS TITLE.
        71-2803. ENFORCEMENT OF TITLE 29 OF ARTICLE 27.
S 71-2801. APPLICABILITY OF THIS TITLE.
  IN ADDITION TO THE PROVISIONS OF SECTIONS 71-0101 AND 71-0301 OF  THIS
ARTICLE,  THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE SHALL APPLY TO THE ENFORCEMENT OF
TITLE 29 OF ARTICLE 27 OF THIS CHAPTER.
S 71-2803. ENFORCEMENT OF TITLE 29 OF ARTICLE 27.
  FOR ANY FIRST  VIOLATION  BY  ANY  PERSON  WHO  VIOLATES  ANY  OF  THE
PROVISIONS  OF,  OR WHO FAILS TO PERFORM ANY DUTY IMPOSED BY TITLE 29 OF
ARTICLE 27 OR ANY REGULATION PROMULGATED BY THE COMMISSIONER PURSUANT TO
SUCH TITLE 29, IN LIEU OF A PENALTY, THERE SHALL  BE  ISSUED  A  WRITTEN
WARNING  BY  THE  DEPARTMENT  AND THERE SHALL ALSO BE ISSUED EDUCATIONAL
MATERIALS AT THE DISCRETION OF THE DEPARTMENT REGARDING THE REQUIREMENTS
OF SUCH TITLE  29.  SUCH  PERSON  SHALL,  HOWEVER,  FOR  ANY  SUBSEQUENT
VIOLATION  THEREAFTER,  BE  LIABLE  TO  A CIVIL PENALTY OF NOT MORE THAN
TWENTY-FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR EACH SUCH VIOLATION  AND  AN  ADDITIONAL
PENALTY  OF NOT MORE THAN FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR EACH DAY DURING WHICH
SUCH VIOLATION CONTINUES AND, IN ADDITION THERETO, SUCH  PERSON  MAY  BE
ENJOINED FROM CONTINUING SUCH VIOLATION. PENALTIES AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF
PROVIDED  PURSUANT  TO  THIS  TITLE  SHALL  BE  RECOVERABLE IN AN ACTION
BROUGHT BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AT THE REQUEST OF THE COMMISSIONER.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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