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Welcome to the August issue of the Safety Suzy Newsletter. Many things have changed in the past few weeks with OSHA issuing new guidance on vaccinations, workplace safety, and PPE. Employers have never been under so much pressure to protect their employees and safeguard their business while staying compliant with ever-changing regulations. In this newsletter, we'll look at the latest OSHA guidelines and how to keep your spaces healthy by taking care of your indoor microbiome. 

At Future Environment Designs, we've been hard at work delivering onsite, blended, and online training on mold remediation, OSHA hazard communication, and asbestos awareness. We'll keep offering our courses at a discounted rate to accommodate as many businesses as possible during these trying times, so scroll down to find the special discount code you can use as a reader of our newsletter.

New York Department of Labor

NYS has Caught Up with The Back Log for Licensing and Certification

If you're inquiring about the status of an application for a license or certificate you can verify that it was received by confirming that your payment has been cleared. Current processing times are:
  1. Mold license all types - about 3 weeks
  2. Asbestos handling certificates - about 5 weeks
  3. Asbestos handling licenses - about 3 weeks
  4. All other license/certificates - about 3 weeks
Find Out More
Stay Compliant:
New Course Bundles at 60% OFF


Future Environment Designs has launched new entry-level certifications:
  • (ALM) Asbestos, Lead, and Mold in Construction Awareness - $65
  • (SLAM) Silica, Lead, Asbestos, and Mold in Construction Awareness - $75
All courses are available both online and on-site and shouldn't take more than 4-6 hours to complete, so you can make your training work around your schedule.
Please contact us at 1-800-969-3888 or to set these courses up for yourself or your staff.

OSHA: New Resources on PPE

*Level requires respirators that are approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

The use of PPE has been at the forefront in the past year with the fight against Covid-19. OSHA has published a new guide for using PPE for emergency response and recovery workers.

  Click here to find out more.

Beryllium: New Safety Guidance

OSHA has published new resources for professionals on the application of beryllium across industries as well as how employers can protect their employees from exposure.

Beryllium is often used in the aerospace, telecommunications, and nuclear industries due to its strength and relatively lightweight properties. However, the metal can be hazardous to human health if inhaled, leading to debilitating lung diseases such as chronic beryllium disease (CBD), acute beryllium disease, and lung cancer.

Click here to find out more.
Use SafetySuzy15FEDTC at checkout to get 15% off of any of our health and safety courses. Don't forget that our loyal customers get 25% off, so please get in touch if you'd like to find out more.
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The Fascinating World of the Indoor Microbiome
Source: The Environmental Protection Agency
Source: The Environmental Protection Agency
We often talk of an “indoor microbiome” in the context of moldy walls and black floors. Still, we often forget that the indoor microbiome is an unavoidable and often neutral pesence in our homes and buildings. Bacteria, viruses and protozoa are airborne microorganisms that are impossible to keep away. Whether it's microorganisms we bring with our shoes and clothing from outside, or spores that grow out of humidity, no indoor microbiome is exactly the same. Despite many of these creatures being benign, we still need to take all precautions to discourage the growth of harmful organisms that can have adverse effects on human health. The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) recommends the following steps to maintain a safe and healthy indoor space:
  • Watch out for moisture and dry any wet areas as soon as possible;
  • Get rid of visible mold as soon as it appears;
  • Regularly clean surfaces;
  • Take off your shoes before entering your home;
  • Often ventilate your rooms to bring in fresh air;
  • Often inspect your HVAC systems and upgrade filters when possible;
To learn more about the indoor microbiome and how it affects built environments, take a look at these reports published by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM):



Revised CS and CRS Variance Attachments

Over the past year, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection has inspected several asbestos projects conducted within crawl spaces and identified the need to revise the variance attachments being utilized. The new guidance will provide clarification on how to proceed and also ensure the health and safety of the asbestos handlers, inspectors, and building occupants during the abatement.
You can access the new documentation in our shared Dropbox folder, under NY City - DEP - Asbestos.

Upcoming Webinars: 

  • Nilfisk is hosting a webinar on robotic floor clearing, what it is, how to use it, and what you can expect from the technology. Date: August 24 at 10 am - 11 am ET.

    Register Here
  • The Environmental Information Association (EIA) is hosting a webinar on Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdowns. Date: August 24 at 1 pm ET.

    Register Here

OSHA has issued New Guidance on mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace

Read Here

Employers No Longer Need to Track Adverse Reactions from Covid-19 Vaccination

OSHA has reversed its earlier requirement for employers to track any adverse reaction to a Covid-19 vaccination, saying that the authority wouldn’t want to discourage workers from getting their Covid-19 vaccine and they’d review this guidance again in May 2022.

"OSHA will not enforce 29 CFR 1904's recording requirements to require any employers to record worker side effects from COVID-19 vaccination through May 2022. We will reevaluate the agency's position at that time to determine the best course of action moving forward" - said a spokesperson for the agency.

New Hearing on the Hazard Communiction Standard (HCS) on September 21st

A hearing on the agency’s HCS will take place on September 21st at 10:00 am EDT via WebEx. The hope is that the HCS update will increase worker protections and reduce the incidence of chemical-related occupational illnesses and injuries by further improving the information on the labels and Safety Data Sheets for hazardous chemicals.

Individuals interested in participating in the hearing must submit a notice of intent to appear at the hearing, along with any submissions and attachments, identified by Docket No. OSHA-2019-0001, electronically at, which is the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal.

Important Links

Upcoming FED Courses (virtual, in-person, online). 

Training Memberships: Support Us and Unlock More Benefits at FED


"Do As I Say, Not As I Did! What I've Learned After 30-Years of Being in Business" - book by Angelo Garcia III
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FEDTC Course CD:

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Additional Resources


FEDTC’s Recent Blogpost:

Current Asbestos & Mold Hard Cards Required for Asbestos & Mold Projects! Fast Track Variances on Pause and New Asbestos Attachments for New York City DEP!

New York Asbestos LinkedIn Group 

Recent Discussion:  
US Department of Labor Cites Three Employers for Exposing Workers, Residents to Asbestos at Missouri Residential Care Facility

Join the conversation and become a member of a thriving group of health and safety professionals.

Current Courses:

OSHA courses:

  • OSHA 30-Hour General Industry Safety
    September 2nd, 8:00 AM–4:30 PM, Nassau County
  • September 14, 8:00 AM–4:30 PM, Nassau County
  • September 21, 8:00 AM–4:30 PM, Nassau County
  • September 28, 8:00 AM–4:30 PM, Nassau County
  • Local Law 196 - Fall Protection Course 
    September 7th, 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM, Syosset
  • September 9th, 8:00 AM - 11:15 AM, Syosset
  • Local Law 196 - Drug & Alcohol Course
  • September 9th, 11:15 AM - 1:30 PM, Syosset
  • OSHA Hazard Communication/Right-To-Know Course
  • Online

Mold courses:

  • NYS Mold Refresher VLD
    September 3rd, 8:30 am–12:30 pm, GoToMeeting
  • Mold in Construction Awareness Course
  • NYS Mold Refresher
    September 24th, 8:30 am-12:30 pm, Syosset

Asbestos courses:

  • Asbestos Awareness Course
  • Online
  • Asbestos Inspector Initial Course
  • September 29, 30, & October 1, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Syosset
Please click on the individual courses' link to find out more dates!

Don't Forget Our Referral Program!

If you refer asbestos, indoor air quality, or OSHA training to us we will provide you with a 5% discount on any training you book with us. This would be in addition to any other discounts we provide.

Thank you to those who have taken advantage of this!

Keep In Touch
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Angelo Garcia III
Future Environment Designs
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