Risk Alert—A WCD Group Newsletter

  • 2012-07-10

Prevent Legionella with New Industry Standard:

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has proposed a new standard, ASHRAE 188P, to provide uniform practices in the prevention of Legionellosis (Legionnaire’s disease and Pontiac fever) associated with building water systems. The new standard establishes barriers to the transmission of Legionella, implements sound maintenance procedures, and utilizes hazard control. Legionella is responsible for multiple deaths in buildings each year, and is a CDC reportable disease.

With the adoption of ASHRAE 188P, Building Owners, Managers/Operators, Architects, Engineers, and contractors installing, operating, maintaining and servicing centralized industrial or commercial building water systems could be held accountable for safeguarding potable and utility water systems. This applies to both existing and new buildings.

This new standard applies to potable water systems, cooling towers and evaporative condensers, whirlpool spas, decorative fountains, and aerosol-generating air coolers, humidifiers, and washers, and impacts all human-occupied buildings (except single-family residences), including hotels, health clubs, nursing homes, office buildings, etc.

What you should do to Prevent Legionella in Your Building:

  • Learn about the risk of Legionella;
  • Survey your existing water systems to determine potential risk;
  • Develop and document a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) risk management plan;
  • Perform regularly scheduled maintenance and monitoring of your water systems.

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