According to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), as of February 11th, 2014 New York City drycleaners are required to post signs disclosing the primary solvents used in the drycleaning process.
This new law impacts approximately 1,400 New York Drycleaning Facilities, who not only are required to list the solvents they use, but also a link to information about their potential health effects. The DEP developed this new disclosure rule in close consultation with the National Cleaners Association and other industry-related groups.
The good news for any New York Drycleaning Facilities concerned about the costs of implementing this new rule is that all drycleaners have to do is fill out and print the applicable forms from the DEP website and post it in their business. This means the costs are minimal to non-existent.
DEP Commissioner Carter Strickland states that by collaborating with the drycleaning industry, they’ve developed a “common sense” rule that provides consumers with important public health information, at virtually no cost to local businesses. The DEP plans to reach out to New York Drycleaning Facilities throughout this year in order to help them comply with the new disclosure requirements.
The National Cleaners Association’s executive director Nora Nealis states that they were happy to work co-operatively with the DEP to develop a strategy for educating consumers about the new cleaning solutions being used in the drycleaning industry, adding that they applaud DEP’s investment in developing a consumer-friendly website to answer that challenge.
The main concern among health organizations when it comes to New York Drycleaning Facilities is the use of perc-based solvents, and the disclosure rule is requiring drycleaners to post an informational sign which provides contact information to report odors and other problems. Of course, some drycleaners have already taken steps to reduce their environmental risk by promoting the use of non-perc solvents, however even these agents have health risks.
In order to best protect your New York Drycleaning Facility from the risks associated with the solvents you use, it’s imperative to have the appropriate New York Environmental Liability Policy in place. At Irving Weber Associates, Inc. (IWA), we offer laundry insurance programs such as the FabriCare Advantage program which includes Environmental Liability among other policies. Please contact us today to learn more at (855) 764-7406.