Saturday, July 30, 2016

Retesting Ordered For Thousands of ‘Lead-Free’ Md. Homes July 29, 2016 9:18 PM By Meghan McCorkell

Lead inspections that were "Lead Free" are being retested.  Landlords may want to rethink getting Lead Free with the expensive XRF testing and choose dust wipes, the liability is too great.  It's nearly impossible to test every area even if the inspector followed the laws and SOP of testing procedures your home may still put tenants at risk.  CBS news out of Baltimore reports.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Baltimore County Rental Inspections

MA CArRES fee for the county rental inspection is $65.00, we can also complete Lead Dust wipe testing. Download your Baltimore County Forms Here

Thursday, November 12, 2015

HUD Seeks Smoking Ban in Public Housing by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Smoking could soon be banned in the nation's public housing. The Department of Housing and Urban Development proposed a rule Thursday to require the more than 3,100 public housing agencies across the country to make their properties smoke-free. "We have a responsibility to protect public housing residents from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, especially the elderly and children who suffer from asthma and other respiratory diseases," HUD Secretary Julian Castro said in a statement. more

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Confined Spaces by AMA as published in THE MONITOR

On May 4, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published 20140205-5062 CS Picturea final rule and new standard for construction work in confined spaces. 29 CFR 1926.1200 Subpart AA (Confined Spaces in Construction) is now aligned with those protections found in the General Industry standard. All construction employers, whose workers may be exposed to confined space hazards, are affected by the rule. Additionally, all employers must have a written confined space program if workers will enter permit spaces. The rule goes into effect August 5, 2015.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Leak causes explosion, fire at home under construction

By Katie Lange  
DEALE, Md. —Fire officials in Anne Arundel County said a leaking propane system caused an explosion and fire at a home in Deale on Thursday morning.
County fire crews were called to the home in the 600 block of East Marshall Avenue shortly before 8:30 a.m. after getting several calls about an explosion. Crews found heavy fire throughout a two-story single-family home that was still under construction.
About 55 firefighters were needed to bring the two-alarm fire under control, which took about an hour, officials said. No injuries were reported.
Investigators determined the fire was accidental and that the explosion was caused by a leaking propane system.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

FAA Grants Permits For Agriculture, Real Estate Drones Posted: Jan 06, 2015 10:22 PM ES

 WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday issued permits to use drones to monitor crops and photograph properties for sale, marking the first time permission has been granted to companies involved in agriculture and real estate.

The exemptions to the current ban on commercial drone flights were granted to Advanced Aviation Solutions in Spokane, Washington, for "crop scouting," and to Douglas Trudeau of Tierra Antigua Realty in Tucson, Arizona.

Advanced Aviation Solutions plans to use its 1.5-pound, fixed-wing eBee drone to make photographic measurements of farm fields, determine the health of crops and look for pests. The aim is to save farmers time walking through fields. The drone also can carry sensors that pick up information invisible to the naked eye, which can help determine which fields need watering.

Trudeau's exemption authorizes him to fly a Phantom 2 Vision+ quadcopter to "enhance academic community awareness and augment real estate listing videos," the FAA said.

Real estate companies have been eager to gain permission to use drones to photograph and make videos of pricey properties.

The permits require that drone operations include both a ground "pilot" and an observer, that the pilot have at least an FAA private pilot certificate and a current medical certificate, and that the drone remains within line of sight of the operator at all times.

Before these approvals, the FAA had granted 12 exemptions to 11 companies involved in the oil and gas, filmmaking, landfill and other industries.

As of today, the FAA has received 214 requests for exemptions from commercial entities.

The agency is under pressure from Congress, the drone industry and companies that want to use drones to provide broader access to U.S. skies. FAA officials had said they hoped to propose regulations to permit general commercial use of small drones by the end of 2014, but that deadline has slipped.

Industry forecasts predict drones will create tens of billions of dollars in economic development and create thousands of new jobs once commercial use is permitted, but an Associated Press poll conducted in early December found Americans are skeptical of the benefits of heralded drone revolution.

Thirty-three percent of Americans oppose using drones to monitor or spray crops, while another third support it. Only 27 percent of Americans favor using drones for aerial photography. Privacy and safety are key concerns.

FAA officials say preventing potentially deadly collisions between drones and manned aircraft is their top priority. The agency receives reports nearly every day of small drones flying in the vicinity of manned aircraft and airports even though that's not permitted.