14 Sep 2022

Tech Services Acquires Second HVAC Company in NJ

Tech Services Acquires Second HVAC Company in NJ

South Plainfield September 12, 2022 – Tech Services of NJ, a facility services company offering electrical, security and mechanical needs of companies in NJ, PA and NY, announced today the acquisition of HVACR company R.A.C.H.S of Sayreville, NJ.
“This acquisition is another significant addition to our existing HVACR company, Tech Services Mechanical, LLC.” commented Tony Kwiatkowski, owner of Tech Services of NJ.  “RACHS has unique experience and capabilities in the trade that will complement TSM’s mechanical offerings now and allow for tremendous expansion in the future.”
Tech Services of NJ Inc. is a leading facility services company serving the onsite, scheduled and emergency facility maintenance, fire and mechanical needs of companies in New Jersey, Southern NY and Eastern PA. Services include:  Onsite Facility Maintenance, Electrical Contracting, Fire & Security, HVACR, Mechanical, Plumbing, and Construction.

To contact Tech Services for further information, call 877-756-9800 or visit www.techservicesnj.com.

05 Oct 2020

Preventative Maintenance now, save later.

A simple preventative maintenance plan now, can save you bundles later. Be proactive and avoid costly emergencies that can halt business operations! Make sure your building stays warm, dry and safe throughout the upcoming season.

Here is a handy preventative maintenance checklist of items you can be doing to prepare your building or property for winter:

  • PM outside lighting in preparation for early nightfall
  • HVAC PM – transition equipment from cooling to heating
  • PM gates and gate operators
  • Access control equipment and outdoor camera check
  • PM loading dock doors and door seals
  • Window and door check for gaps, cracks and damaged weather stripping
  • Roof check for rips, tears, lose connections at sidewalls and flashing.
  • Outdoor sprinkler shut off and purge eliminating the risk of freezing.
10 Oct 2022

Cannabis Facility Security in NJ

Hand holding marijuana leaf

Cannabis is a developing industry in NJ and one that will generate a huge amount of revenue. Of course, you’ll need to protect your business from theft, damage, and loss but you must also be in strict compliance with NJ state code for cannabis facility security. NJ Code (17:30-9.10*) requires every cannabis business to have a full security plan in place whether it be for a growing facility, a retail site or warehouse.

Access Control Security is at the top of the list. An Access system provides control over who can enter the facility or areas within it. Storage of the product must also be under restricted access. Only with assigned proper credentials via a key card can an individual enter an area, whether interior or exterior.

Another important security piece is Video Surveillance. As a cannabis business owner in NJ, state code requires your operation to be under 24 hour video surveillance with certified 24 hour monitoring. Installing high quality cameras with good sound and monitoring is the best way to adhere to regulations while also preventing theft. Integrating your access control and camera system will provide additional compliance and safety along with remote access logs and visual reporting for your record keeping.

Monitoring doesn’t stop at theft prevention. Environmental monitoring is key in growing facilities. You want to keep many factors balanced, like temperature, PH levels, humidity and CO2 levels. Any change in the environment sends an alert to notify you. Additionally, a Fire Alarm system with monitoring, smoke detection, CO2 detection and a sprinkler system will complete the perfect security solution for your business.

You want to work with a cannabis security company that can integrate all the security pieces required to keep your employees and operation safe and also provides the system testing and inspection services required by law. Choose a security integrator who understands NJ Cannabis laws and building codes and one that can design a custom integrated security solution unique to your cannabis facility in NJ.

*N.J. Admin. Code § 17:30-9.10

Section 17:30-9.10 – Security

(a) Each cannabis business shall provide effective controls and procedures to guard against unauthorized access to the premises or the business’s electronic systems, theft, and diversion of cannabis. Such controls may include, but are not limited to, systems to protect against electronic records tampering.

(b) At a minimum, each cannabis business shall:

1. Install, maintain in good working order, and operate a safety and security alarm system at its premises that will provide suitable protection against theft and diversion and that provides, at a minimum:

i. Immediate automatic or electronic notification to alert cannabis business personnel and State or local police agencies to an unauthorized breach of security or an alarm or system failure at the cannabis business; and

ii. A backup system that activates immediately and automatically upon a loss of electrical support and that immediately issues either automatic or electronic notification to State or local police agencies of the loss of electrical support;

2. Implement appropriate security and safety measures to deter and prevent the unauthorized entrance into areas containing cannabis and the theft of cannabis;

3. Implement security measures that protect the premises, consumers, and cannabis business personnel;

4. Establish a protocol for testing and maintenance of the security alarm system;

5. Conduct maintenance inspections and tests of the security alarm system at the cannabis business’s authorized location at intervals not to exceed 30 days from the previous inspection and test and promptly implement all necessary repairs to ensure the proper operation of the alarm system;

6. In the event of a failure of the security alarm system due to a loss of electrical support or mechanical malfunction that is expected to last longer than eight hours:

i. Notify the Commission pursuant to N.J.A.C. 17:30-9.11; and

ii. Provide alternative security measures approved by the Commission or close the authorized physical addresses impacted by the failure or malfunction until the security alarm system is restored to full operation;

7. Keep access from outside the premises to a minimum and ensure that access is well controlled;

8. Limit entry into areas where cannabis is held to authorized personnel; and

9. Equip interior and exterior premises with electronic monitoring, video cameras, and panic buttons.

i. A video surveillance system shall be installed and operated to clearly monitor all critical control activities of the cannabis business and shall be in working order and operating at all times. The cannabis business shall provide access for remote viewing by the Commission. This system shall be approved by the Commission prior to license issuance.

ii. The original tapes or digital pictures produced by this system shall be stored in a safe place with a 30-day archive;

10. Keep the outside areas of the premises and its perimeter well-lighted.

i. Exterior lighting must be sufficient to deter nuisance and criminal activity and facilitate surveillance and must make reasonable efforts to not disturb surrounding businesses or neighbors; and

ii. The video surveillance system shall be supported by adequate security lighting, which shall illuminate all entrances and exits, and which may be modified, as necessary, to include motion control sensors to protect cultivation light-dark cycles, as applicable; and

11. Provide law enforcement and neighbors within 100 feet of the cannabis business with

the name and phone number of a staff member to notify during and after operating hours to whom they can report problems with the establishment.

(c) The security alarm system and video surveillance system pursuant to (b) above shall be continuously monitored, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

1. Monitoring of the security alarm system and video surveillance system may be conducted off-site.

N.J. Admin. Code § 17:30-9.10

Adopted by 53 N.J.R. 1583(a), effective 8/19/2021

Learn more – https://www.nj.gov/cannabis

15 Aug 2022

NJ Electric Vehicle Charging Station Program

NJ has a new program that benefits all business owners and property managers. “It Pay$ to Plug In” provides grants to offset the cost of purchasing electric vehicle charging stations. The program is designed to expand New Jersey’s growing network of electric vehicle infrastructure, allowing residents, businesses, and government agencies to purchase and drive electric vehicles. EVs dramatically reduce vehicle emissions and improve air quality for everyone!

It’s easy to apply for a grant.

Here are the steps as outlined on www.nj.gov -Obtain three (3) quotes for the EV charging stations. -Submit all required documents via the SAGE portal. -If the grant application is approved, NJDEP will provide and execute a grant agreement with the applicant via the SAGE portal. -Install Level 1 and Level 2 charging station(s) within 9 months of NJDEP grant execution. -Complete and submit the Expenditure Report and the Charger Information Form via SAGE along with paid invoices, proof of payment, and photos. -After NJDEP review and approval of provided invoices, grant funds will be disbursed.

Eligible locations include public parking lots and garages, apartments and condominiums, workplaces, hotels, retail, downtown areas, rest stops, and more. These grants can be combined with utility incentives for installation of charging stations.

Additionally, New Jersey has a tax exemption for electric vehicles. Zero Emission Vehicles are exempt from the NJ state sales tax, so you’ll save 6.625% on the sale, lease or rental of a new or used battery electric vehicle (also known as an all-electric vehicle) in weight classes 1-8. This exemption does not apply to plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. There is no restrictive language for personal or business use, as long as the vehicle is purchased and registered in the State. For a list of all qualified vehicles, visit https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/zevnotice.shtml

 

Talk to us about installing an electric vehicle charging station. Tech Services Electric has over 30 years of experience in commercial electrical contracting, including the installation of EV Charging Stations.

16 Jul 2022

Emergency Radio Coverage Building Codes in New Jersey

Whether you own or manage a private or public building, new International Fire Code (IFC) requires an additional crucial protection in their building security. Emergency responders depend on reliable two-way communications during an emergency; however, many large buildings have reduced signal strength because of things like underground structures or specific building materials. 100% radio coverage is critical to manage any emergency.

The IFC states, “All new buildings shall have approved radio coverage for emergency responders within the building based upon the existing coverage levels of the public safety communication systems of the jurisdiction at the exterior of the building..” This pertains to buildings constructed after 2015. And the NFPA 72 Section 24.5.2 (2013 Edition) states that radio coverage shall be provided with 99 percent floor area coverage in critical areas and 90 percent floor area radio coverage in general building areas. www.nfpa.org

Emergency responder radio communications signal boosters are a code-required part of life safety systems which must be regularly maintained and inspected. These requirements are determined by building size, new construction, existing buildings and renovations. A few highlights to be aware of per the IFC code are as follows for new or existing buildings: (read the full IFC code here)

Sections 510 & 1103 510.1 Emergency Responder Radio Coverage in New Buildings

· All new buildings shall have approved radio coverage for emergency responders within the building based upon the existing coverage levels of the public safety communication systems of the jurisdiction at the exterior of the building. This section shall not require improvement of the existing public safety communication systems.

· Exceptions:

1. Where approved by the building official and the fire code official, a wired communication system in accordance with Section 907.2.13.2 shall be permitted to be installed or maintained instead of an approved radio coverage system.

2. Where it is determined by the fire code official that the radio coverage system is not needed.

3. In facilities where emergency responder radio coverage is required and such systems, components or equipment required could have a negative impact on the normal operations of that facility, the fire code official shall have the authority to accept an automatically activated emergency responder radio coverage system.

510.4.2.4 Signal Booster Requirements

· If used, signal boosters shall meet the following requirements:

1. All signal booster components shall be contained in a National Electrical Manufacturer’s Association (NEMA) 4-type waterproof cabinet.

2. Battery systems used for the emergency power source shall be contained in a NEMA 4-type waterproof cabinet.

3. The signal booster system and battery system shall be electrically supervised and monitored by a supervisory service, or when approved by the fire code official, shall sound an audible signal at a constantly attended location.

4. Equipment shall have FCC certification prior to installation.

510.2 Emergency Responder Radio Coverage in Existing Buildings

· Existing buildings shall be provided with approved radio coverage for emergency responders as required in Chapter 11.

510.5.4 FCC Compliance

· The emergency responder radio coverage system installation and components shall also comply with all applicable federal regulations including, but not limited to, FCC 47 CFR Part 90.219.

1103.2 Emergency Responder Radio Coverage in Existing Buildings

· Existing buildings that do not have approved radio coverage for emergency responders within the building, based upon the existing coverage levels of the public safety communication systems of the jurisdiction at the exterior of the building, shall be equipped with such coverage according to one of the following:

1. Where an existing wired communication system cannot be repaired or is being replaced, or where not approved in accordance with Section 510.1, Exception 1.

2. Within a time frame established by the adopting authority.

Communication is critical in any emergency and First Responders depend on it to survive. To meet all public safety frequency band ranges, ensure that happens with the installation of a Bi-Directional Amplifier in your building. Start by hiring a security consultant that can provide a Radio Frequency Survey on your building.

 

Learn about NFPA Code required Emergency Radio Communication Enhancement System (ERCES) in the following video clip. Click Here.

Tech Services Security LLC is a Certified Notifier BDA Installer, Authorized Notifier Fire Alarm Dealer, NICET Certified and fully licensed in NJ, NY and PA. TSS offers the BDA solution combined with industry leading fire systems for a total integrated security solution.

23 Jul 2021

Fire Alarm Installation for NJ Windowless Basement Law

The “Windowless Basement Law” is currently being strictly enforced in New Jersey cities. Depending on the size of your windowless basement there are two fire suppression options to be aware of.

If your space is under 3,000 sq. ft: “Windowless basements not exceeding 3,000 square feet in area shall be exempt from this automatic suppression requirement, provided a supervised automatic fire alarm system shall be installed in accordance with the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code.”

If your space is between 3,001 – 10,000 sq. ft: “In windowless basements greater than 3,000 square feet, but not exceeding 10,000 square feet in area, the required suppression system need not be connected to a water supply other than an existing domestic supply if the following conditions are met: i. The suppression system shall be provided with a fire department connection, which shall be marked with a sign reading ‘Basement Area Sprinkler Water Supply;’ and ii. A supervised automatic fire alarm system shall be installed in accordance with the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code.”

According to NJ Division of Fire Safety Bulletin, The Windowless Basement Law intends to protect not only occupants but specifically fire fighters with the requirement of early fire detection, suppression and a fire alarm sounding system. As an alternative to a fire service water supply or suppression system, the provision allows for the installation of an automatic fire alarm system where there is “early fire detection and an immediate notification of the fire department” to satisfy the requirement.

Automatic Fire Alarm System installations must adhere to the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code and installed and supervised by standards specified by the UCC.

To learn more, read the full bulletin by the Department of Community Affairs Division of Fire Safety at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/

20 Jul 2021

Press Release

Press Release

Tech Services Acquires Renowned HVAC Company in NJ, adding significant offerings to current mechanical division.

South Plainfield July 8, 2021–Tech Services of NJ, a facility services company is possessing over 30 years of experience serving the electrical, security, and mechanical needs of companies throughout NJ, Eastern PA, and Southern NY, announced today the acquisition of HVACR company Thermal Air Inc, of Matawan, NJ. 

“This acquisition is a significant addition to our existing mechanical business, Tech Services Mechanical, LLC.” commented Tony Kwiatkowski, owner of Tech Services of NJ. “One of the most vital aspects of maintaining any facility is the preventative maintenance of their critical infrastructures. And with the addition of this long-standing and highly reputable company to our mechanical division, we can substantially increase capabilities and offerings to current and new customers.“

Tech Services of NJ Inc. is a leading facility services company serving the onsite, scheduled, and emergency facility maintenance & security needs of companies in New Jersey, Southern NY, and Eastern PA. Services include Onsite Facility Maintenance, Electrical Contracting, Fire & Security, HVACR, Mechanical, Plumbing, and Construction.

26 May 2016

Summer Jobs in South Plainfield NJ

Tech Services Security is hiring summer jobs! Are you a motivated people person looking to make money this summer?  We have the perfect opportunity for college students to gain career-changing experience while earning a great income this summer. Click here to see our ad and apply!

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