CPSC awarding up to $2 million grants to help state, local governments avoid pool and spa hazards.

CPSC awarding up to $2 million grants to help state, local governments avoid pool and spa hazards A grant application period runs through Wednesday, June 5, to assist state and local governments in reducing deaths and injuries from drowning and drain entrapment incidents in pools and spas. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a call for applicants for the 2019 Pool Safety Grant Program made possible through the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. The CPSC will award up to $2 million in two-year grants to state and local jurisdictions. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the solicitation on Grants.gov, under grant opportunity CPSC-19-001. For more information, read the full grant announcement. Questions can be answered by emailing CPSC's grant coordinator Mae Durand at mdurand@cpsc.gov.

2019 Educational Conference

Registration is open for the 2019 Educational Conference being held in Syracuse NY on September 10 - 12. You can register online for the conference by clicking here
http://www.nysfma.org/educational-conference/ .

Room reservations are available at the Sheraton Syracuse University. The room rates are $98.00 / night for government employees and $103.00 / night for non-government employees. When making your reservation, make sure you tell them that you are looking for the government rate (if eligible). To be eligible for the government rate you must bring a valid government ID.

Have you answered the survey yet for online remote voting on ICC Annual Conference business?

If you haven’t done so yet, you can participate in a brief survey on allowing voting members to participate in online remote voting to transact Code Council business during the ICC Annual Conference. Code Council Board President Bryant set a goal this year to assess the feasibility of online remote voting during the Annual Business Meeting. The concept of online remote voting would include Code Council Board of Directors elections and bylaw amendments. As part of this exploratory initiative, President Bryant appointed the Ad Hoc Committee on ABM Business & Elections, whose first priority is to obtain membership input and guidance. To participate in this effort, please complete this brief survey.

Grenfell Tower fire expert to deliver keynote address at the 2019 ICC Annual Conference in Las Vegas

Dame Judith Hackitt, a world renowned expert on the Grenfell Tower fire, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Annual Conference. Her report “Building a Safer Future” was published in May 2018. Dame Judith Hackitt is a chemical engineer and is currently Chair of EEF, the UK manufacturers’ organization. She has been making presentations to audiences around the world on the tragic 2017 high rise fire in England which killed 72 people. The 2019 ICC Annual Conference will be October 20-23, preceding the Public Comment Hearings on Group B codes October 23-30, all at the Rio Hotel & Convention Center in Las Vegas.

ICC Government Relations’ Ryan Colker outlines how codes are nation’s foundation

International Code Council Vice President of Innovation Ryan Colker discusses the role building codes play in establishing resiliency in an article in Masonry Magazine. “The ability for buildings to contribute to community resilience depends on the standards they are built to,” Colker writes. “As presented in the recent ICC and ANCR publication, Building Community Resilience through Modern Model Building Codes, well-constructed buildings, designed to the latest building codes, are a significant factor in avoiding and reducing potential losses when disaster strikes. Communities cannot be resilient without resilient buildings.” Click here to read this important article.

Emory R. Rodgers Fellowship enables building safety professionals to advance their leadership skills

The International Code Council recently announced a new fellowship to commemorate the life and legacy of Emory R. Rodgers. This fellowship enables deserving building safety professionals to advance their leadership skills by attending a nationally recognized executive development program. The fellowship covers up to $20,000 toward the full cost of the educational program and the award recipient’s travel to and from the program. For more on the program and the compelling legacy left by Mr. Rodgers, click here for the Building Safety Journal feature story. Applications are due by June 30, 2019, to Karla Higgs at khiggs@iccsafe.org or 900 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL, 35213.

ICC Code Development Process 2021 Group B International Codes

Experience ICC's Code Development Process in action April 28 to May 8 at Albuquerque and online. You can provide your input on the latest proposed code changes to the 2021 Group B International Codes®. Check out the Committee Action Hearings schedule here. If you’re planning to attend, don’t wait about registering (it’s free!) and making your flight and hotel arrangements. Register now to participate.

ICC Voter validation extended from one to three years for GMVRs

New ICC Board decision: Voter validation extended from one to three years for GMVRs
The validation cycle for Governmental Member Voting Representatives (GMVR) has been extended from one to three years. This means that all currently validated GMVRs now remain active for the course of this three-year code development cycle.

  • Any credentials validated and approved since January 1, 2018, are active through December 31, 2020, as long as the Governmental Member account is kept fully paid and current.
  • The Primary Contact may edit the voting roster during indicated times throughout the cycle. If no changes occur to an approved voter’s status, the credentials do not need to be revalidated until the next code development cycle.
  • New or revised applications for voting representatives must be submitted 30 days prior to a voting event (committee action hearings, public comment hearings, or Annual Business Meeting) in order to be eligible to vote at that event. To participate in the Committee Action Hearings in Albuquerque and the online voting afterward, new or revised applications for GMVRs must be submitted by March 29.

Check your voter status online today. You must be validated to vote on the 2021 Group B proposals during the Committee Action Hearing set for April 28 to May 8 at Albuquerque, N.M., and afterward online using cdpACCESS. Should you have any questions, please contact ICC Member Services at members@iccsafe.org or phone 888-422-7233 x33804.

DOS Train the Trainer

The Department of State Division of Building Standards and Codes (DBSC) is pleased to offer a Train-the-Trainer Program at the New York State Academy of Fire Science on February 13, 2019 for all qualifying interested individuals.  This one-day course is designed to provide the participants with the information they will need to present six-hours of annual in-service training to individuals certified as Building Safety Inspectors. The training will include six separate 1-hour classes.  Following the successful completion of the Train-the-Trainer Program, participants will be permitted to teach the six 1-hour classes on a schedule that suits the needs of their department. The participants will be issued a CD which will contain the PowerPoint course material, instructor manual and student workbook.  Individuals will be responsible for printing the materials needed for the courses that they are providing. 

Participants in the Train-the-Trainer Program must meet the following criteria in order to participate:

  • Be certified as a Building Safety Inspector or Code Enforcement Official and be in active certification status;
  • Be a training instructor for a fire department or be a Certified Code Enforcement Official with at least two years’ experience delivering In-service training as an adjunct instructor through DBSC; and
  •  Completed Fire Instructor I or equivalent or have at least an Associate’s Degree in the Building Construction field or equivalent.

Individuals wishing to obtain additional information on the Train-the-Trainer program should email the Division of Building Standards and Codes by January 18, 2019.  The email address is:  dosCodesTraining@dos.ny.gov