Certificates may be renewed from 60 days before the expiration date to one year after the expiration date by mail or in person at the FDNY Bureau of Fire Prevention in Brooklyn. Certificates expired for more than one year cannot be renewed.
AVOID PENALTIES, RENEW ON TIME
Below are the mail-in instructions:
- Mail in payments can be made by check or money order payable to the New York City Fire Department. The fee is $15 for a C-14. Late fees of $25 in addition to the renewal fee will be assessed if renewing the certificate after 91 days but before one (1) year from the date of expiration.
- Attach one of the following: Renewal Coupon (received in mail from FDNY); Part B of expired Certificate of Fitness (attached at bottom paper copy of the certificate); or a copy of the CoF.
- If there are any changes in address, name, etc., attach a completed copy of a Certificate of Fitness Application (A-20) and a letter from the Department.
- Attach signed Renewal Form to certify that the NEW C-14 Study Materials have been reviewed.
All correspondence should be sent to:
NYC Fire Department
9 Metrotech Center
Cashier's Office 1S-5
Brooklyn, New York 11201-3857
For further information concerning renewals of Certificates of Fitness, call (718) 999-0368.
This information is on the back of your Certificate of Fitness card (see card below). Notify the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) immediately upon changing employers. Do not wait until renewal time to do this.
EHS inspects and certifies chemical hoods on an annual basis or upon request if the laboratory personnel believe the chemical hood is not functioning properly. If the chemical hood fails the inspection, EHS will contact Engineering and Maintenance to repair the chemical hood, as well as perform follow-up inspections and re-certification once repairs are completed.
EHS door sign requests can placed electronically by going to the Health and Safety Door Sign online request form and completing the information requested.
A laboratory certificate of fitness is issued by the New York City Fire Department to laboratory users. The certificate of fitness ensures personnel qualified to act during a fire emergency are available inside laboratories while it is operating. See the laboratory certificate of fitness page for more information.
At any time a laboratory is in operation a certificate of fitness holder must be present. If someone works over the weekend, that person must have a certificate of fitness. If the certificate of fitness holder leaves for lunch, all lab operations must cease if no certificate of fitness holder is present. For these reasons Environmental Health and Safety recommends every person working in a laboratory maintain a certificate of fitness. See thelaboratory certificate of fitness page for more information.
Due to the low FDNY storage allowances for flammable liquids in laboratories (see WMC Chemical Hygiene Plan for specific limitations), EHS maintains a facility for the storage of excess flammable reagents. This facility is intended solely for the storage of overstock flammable reagents, not for general reagent storage, (e.g. storage of the only container of a given flammable reagent). While EHS is usually available to respond to immediate requests, EHS cannot guarantee immediate access to the facility. Plan ahead and contact EHS before lab stocks are depleted. For more information about the facility or to request access, contact EHS.
To discard an old refrigerators and freezer, submit a work order to Engineering and Maintenance (212-746-2288) for removal. Prior to discarding, all contents must be removed from the refrigerator or freezer and, if contaminated, the refrigerator or freezer must be disinfected before Engineering and Maintenance can remove it. Engineering and Maintenance will drain the pump oils and refrigerants prior to discarding.
To discard an old electronic laboratory equipment, submit a work order to Engineering and Maintenance (746-2288) for removal. Prior to discarding, all contents must be removed from the laboratory equipment and, if contaminated, the equipment needs to be disinfected before Engineering and Maintenance can remove it. Electronic laboratory equipment will be recycled in accordance with the College's Surplus Electronics Recycling Procedure.
Electronic laboratory equipment is any type of laboratory equipment which contains electronic components (e.g., circuit boards). Electronic components like circuit boards contain high levels of toxic heavy metals (e.g., lead, silver) which must be recycled to prevent against polluting the environment. The College's Surplus Electronics Recycling Procedure provides further information on the recycling of electronic laboratory equipment.
For laboratory use Cal117 or NFPA 260 is acceptable.
Lab coats may be purchased from various sources. See the following link for more information.
Review the access restriction section of the HSDS posted at the entrance of the laboratory, which will describe the minimum PPE requirement for entering the space. If there is no PPE requirement listed, you can enter unless instructed otherwise.
In order to receive the renewal notice and be able to renew your C-14 on time, it is important that you inform the Fire Department whenever you move or change your home address.
Below are the instructions:
- Cover letter to indicate the new residential or mailing address information
- A completed copy of a Certificate of Fitness Application (A-20) http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/pdf/a20.pdf
- A copy of your C-14 certificate
- A $5 duplicating fees to get a new card
All correspondence should be sent to:
Bureau of Fire Prevention
East Brooklyn, NY 11201-3857
Select agents are infectious agents and toxins that can be weaponized and used as bioterrorism agents. A list of agents and biological toxins that fall under this regulation can be found at: http://www.selectagents.gov/Select%20Agents%20and%20Toxins%20List.html
NYC Building codes prohibit the re-circulation of air from non-production labs that utilize hazardous chemicals or radioactive materials. In addition, air pressure in rooms where these materials are used must be maintained below adjacent spaces so that hazardous gases do not flow into adjoining rooms. These building codes include: NYC Building Code Sections 419 and 420, NYC Mechanical Code 407 and NFPA 8.3.1.