Who We Are
The Engineering Services Unit (ESU) provides engineering support to the Division of Safety and Health programs. The Engineering Services Unit staff:
- Reviews plans
- Approves applications
- Issues variances dealing with Department of Labor Code Rules.
Services We Provide
The Engineering Services Unit reviews and approves applications for:
- Places of public assembly
- Ski tows and passenger tramways
- Elevators and escalators in factory and mercantile establishments
- Tents and bleachers for 300 or more occupants
- Window-cleaning equipment and other devices
Engineering Services also issues variances for:
- Storage of explosives
- Public Employee Safety and Health (PESH) programs
- Asbestos abatement
Ski Tows and Passenger Tramways
The Engineering Services Unit reviews and approves applications for ski tows and passenger tramways.
Elevators and Escalators in Factory and Mercantile Establishments
The Engineering Services Unit reviews and approves applications for elevators and escalators in factory and mercantile establishments.
Application for Approval of Plans Hoistways and Hoistway Gates or Doors SH 702
Application for Approval of Plans for Passenger, Freight, Combination or Sidewalk Elevators, Escalator or Dumbwaiter SH 703
Tents and Bleachers for 300 or More Occupants
The Engineering Services Unit reviews and approves applications for tents and bleachers for 300 or more occupants.
Application Form: Application for Amusement Device, Viewing Stand and/or Tent Permit SH 80
The Engineering Services Unit reviews and approves applications for window-cleaning equipment.
We developed "Window-Cleaning Equipment Requirements Guidance" to help in the window-cleaning equipment approval process.
Window-Cleaning Equipment Requirements Guidance: In New York State, window-cleaning equipment is subject to approval by the Engineering Services Unit. We encourage applicants to meet with Engineering Services Unit representatives before designing, purchasing, and installing window-cleaning equipment. Contact the Engineering Services Unit office at 518-457-1536 to schedule a pre-application meeting or to ask questions about the approval process.
- General Window-Cleaning Equipment Approval Application Checklist
- Updated Window Washing Advisory Standard 101
- Advisory Standards for Hoisting Machines Used for Suspended Scaffolds
Application Form: Application for Approval of Material or Device SH 753
Storage of Explosives
The Engineering Services Unit issues variances for the storage of explosives,
Application Form: Petition for a Variance or Other Relief SH 751
Boiler Installation Variance
The Engineering Services Unit provides support to the Boiler Safety Bureau by issuing variances for boiler installations.
- Low-Pressure Boilers Code Rule 4
- Construction, Installation, Inspection, and Maintenance of High-Pressure Boilers; Construction of Unfired Pressure Vessels Code Rule 14
Application Form: Petition for a Variance or Other Relief SH 751
Public Employee Safety and Health (PESH) Programs
The Engineering Services Unit provides support to the Public Employee Safety and Health (PESH) Bureau by issuing variances and alternative compliance agreements to public employers.
The Engineering Services Unit provides support to the Asbestos Control Bureau by issuing variances for asbestos abatement projects. The Engineering Services Unit has issued Applicable Variances for some asbestos abatement projects.
We developed a Guidance Document (AGD-v2.0) on ICR 56 that offers details on variances and how to comply with the asbestos regulation, including the latest Code Rule 56 Revision.
Regulation: Asbestos Code Rule 56
Guidance & Information on Variances for Asbestos Projects: Guidance and Variance Information Code Rule 56
Application Form: Petition for an Asbestos Variance SH 752
The Engineering Services Unit (ESU) is launching a pilot program for certain site-specific variances (SSVs). These new variances will be called "Fast-Track Variances" (FTVs). These are common variances that are issued on a regular basis. At the start of the program, there will be 10 of the variances available, each with an assigned number (see list below). Over time, more FTVs might be added.
The established process for variance application can result in approval turnaround times of two to three weeks depending on the current workload at the Engineering Services Unit. Variance applications are typically processed in the order received. With the FTV process, routine variances could potentially be issued the same day as they are received by the Engineering Services Unit. The goal is to speed up the review process for these routine variances.
To make this process work, several guidelines must be followed. These are guidelines for getting an FTV:
- A completed SH 752 form must be submitted. The form must include all the necessary information for obtaining a variance, including the hardship. No information about the work plan should be included with the application.
- The SH 752 form must be submitted by a certified Project Designer working on behalf of the Petitioner.
- The variance fee of $350 must be included.
- In Section 9 of the SH 752 form, the Petitioner's Agent must write in the number of the FTV that is requested.
- The FTV will be issued as it is written. If some part of the FTV doesn't meet the project's needs, then a standard SSV is required.
- Other relief cannot be added to the FTV.
- No re-openings or amendments are allowed.
- Termination date extension requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
- These FTVs have no bearing on notification times.
Below is a list of FTVs that will be available initially.
|FTV-1||Negative Air Shutdown|
|FTV-2||Exhausting to An Interior Space|
|FTV-3||Elevator Door Removal|
|FTV-4||Fire Door Removal|
|FTV-5||Crawlspace with Dirt Floor|
|FTV-6||Intact Component Removal|
|FTV-7||Buried Cementitious (e.g. Transite) Pipe|
|FTV-8||HEPA Drilling Spot Removal|
|FTV-9||Air Sampling at Elevated Exhaust Duct Locations|
|FTV-10||Controlled Demolition with Non-Friable in Place|
By selecting the relevant FTV links above, PDF samples of the conditions in each FTV are provided to show the type of relief which is granted. Project Designers should verify that the relief granted by the FTV meets the project's need.
As mentioned, the goal is to speed up the variance process for projects that require minimal ICR-56 relief.
For suggestions on how to improve this process, please send an email to the ESU.