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Outbreak Causes NYC to Adopt ASHRAE Legionella Standard

Posted by Shivi Kakar

Aug 21, 2015 11:14:29 AM

legionellaWith 12 confirmed dead and more than 120 cases as a result of legionellosis of disease, New York City Council on Friday adopted legislation that requires adherence to section of ASHRAE’s just published Legionella standard.

The legislation handles registration and inspection of cooling towers. It requires owners to create and document an agenda to keep up equipment to conform to Section 7.2 of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems.

Minimum Legionellosis risk management requirements are provided by the standard for that design, development, commissioning, procedure, preservation, repair, alternative and growth of fresh and existing structures as well as their associated water systems and parts.

“Although the circumstances surrounding its use are tragic, ASHRAE is happy that the standard is available setting requirements to control risk of this bacteria. We're confident other governments will follow the cause of the New York Council to help safeguard public health.”

Michael Patton, a member of the committee who wrote the standard, testified on behalf of ASHRAE this week prior to the Authority. He talked for the Council’s proposition to consider Section 7.2, remembering that other sections also would play with a role in reducing risks. Section 7.2 provides typical projects and actions for things for example new program start up etc, and periodic shutdowns, general program maintenance, water treatment, disinfection ideas.

He said it had been beneficial that at the least Portion 7.2 was involved while full usage of the conventional urged. For making himself and ASHRAE available easily chairman Jumaane Williams thanked Patton.

“Section 7 is excellent alone,” Patton claimed, what it should contain.” and “but it doesn't actually address the whole notion of telling building owners, managers, property managers how to put an idea to get a whole building into position

Underwood said ASHRAE will continue its work in having the full standard used in New York City as well as in other areas.

Specific requirements within the standard include:

Minimum Legionellosis risk management demands for their associated potable as well as properties and low- potable water systems.

Organization by building owners of the Software Staff and (in-turn) a Water Management System for which they are liable in order to adhere to the standard.

Provision of distinct and detailed requirements for what Legionellosis control techniques must accomplish and the way they are to be reported – but, doesn't offer (or location constraints on) what specific methods should be used or applied.


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