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Auditing for Building Water Health

Our building water health program can help you maintain your buildings more safely and effectively through our comprehensive auditing service.
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Our personalized training and education services ensure your staff is fully trained to put in place a water management plan that will be audited by NSF.

What is included in building water health?

  • Premise plumbing
  • Pool and spa systems
  • Decorative fountains
  • Cooling tower water systems and evaporative condensers
  • Ice machines and humidifiers
  • On-site water storage
  • Health care considerations

What are the benefits of our independent auditing program?

  • Reduces the risk of Legionella for people in the environment around the building
  • Reduces liability in litigation cases
  • Bases staff performance on current best practices
  • Improves maintenance which extends equipment life
  • Improves staff training and education

NSF P453 – Cooling Tower Water Systems

What is NSF P453?

NSF P453 outlines proper maintenance and safety practices associated with cooling tower water systems. This protocol addresses potentially hazardous conditions associated with cooling towers in commercial buildings and health care facilities, and on campuses. NSF P453 provides detailed, actionable steps for building owners and managers to maintain and operate their cooling tower systems to reduce the risk of Legionella amplification and transmission.

Who should seek evaluation to P453?

Building owners and managers of facilities that have a cooling tower water system can develop a water management plan using the protocol and any pertinent state or local requirements. These parties need to monitor and document that the plan is being implemented. NSF helps assure that best practices for cooling tower management are being followed by providing data collection tools and independent, third-party audits.

Complying With CMS Requirements

To protect the health and safety of patients, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) now requires Medicare certified health care facilities such as hospitals and long-term care facilities to implement policies and procedures that reduce the risk of growth and transmission of Legionella and other opportunistic pathogens in building water systems. These facilities are now mandated to:

  • Conduct a facility risk assessment to identify where Legionella and other waterborne pathogens could grow and spread in the facility water system
  • Implement a water management program that includes control measures, such as:
    • Physical controls
    • Temperature management
    • Disinfectant level control
    • Visual inspections
    • Environmental testing for pathogens
  • Specify testing protocols and acceptable ranges for control measures, and document the results of testing and corrective actions taken when control limits are not maintained.

We can develop a water safety plan that identifies and assesses risk associated with waterborne pathogens throughout the entire building water system, proposes improvements and new control measures, minimizes risk, and protects patients and staff.

Ready to Begin the Process?

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