Operator Qualification (OQ) is a training and testing program, in addition to Local and Jurisdictional Licensing requirements, mandated by the New York State Department of Public Service, Pipeline Safety Division under authority of Federal Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Pipeline Safety and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA). U.S. DOT's Operator Qualification regulation 49 CFR 192 subpart N, requires Utility Operators to develop and maintain a qualification program for individuals performing certain work on gas pipelines. The individuals performing work in this case are Licensed Master Plumbers within NYC
The LMP200 gas detector can be used for NYC Local Law 152 Inspections, as well as inside gas jurisdiction inspections governed by the New York State Department of Public Services and “Gas Outs”.
Under New York City Local Law 152 of 2016- all exposed gas piping systems within commercial buildings shall be periodically inspected by a licensed master plumber for excessive corrosion or piping deterioration, illegal connections, and non-code compliant installations. Utilizing a portable combustible gas detector is required and the inspection shall cover all public spaces, hallways, corridors, and mechanical/boilers rooms to determine if there is a gas leak.
NYC Local Law 152 requires the recording of calibrations to be available in real-time. The data will be stored on a secure cloud. As part of the record keeping, licensed plumbers will need to supply their license number, telephone, email, address and contact name.
The LMP200 portable gas detector from Heath will only be available to licensed master plumbers.
16 NYCRR Part 255.3(a)(24) states, “Leakage Survey means a systematic survey made for the purpose of locating leaks in a gas piping system using an approved instrument
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