New regulations amend Section 7807 of the Education Law to require massage therapists to take at least 36 hours of mandatory continuing education every three years. Section 70.10 of the Regulations of the Commissioner on Public Accountancy now requires all accounting firms to participate in a mandatory quality review program. A new law (Ch. 65, L.2011) requires dental offices to keep a defibrillator on hand in case any patient has a cardiac emergency.
New legislation (Ch.205, L.2010) goes into effect banning household dishwashing soap containing phosphorus, which has been deemed hazardous to lakes, rivers and other water sources. New laws give the New York State Department Environmental Conservation new powers: one, (Ch. 220, L2011) bans products that contain mercury; another (Ch. 383, L.2011) limits the number of commercial fishing licenses and permits issued by DEC to protect the viability of the commercial and consumer fishing industry.
Another new law (Ch. 131, L.2011) amends the Public Health law to prohibit minors from buying hookahs and water pipes — and the tobacco that goes inside them.
There is a new law (Ch. 459, L.2011) that requires drivers to move over to adjacent lanes when approaching or passing hazard vehicles. It also provides extra safety measures for drivers and workers helping a broken-down vehicle, removing snow or performing other road maintenance.