Webinar: Best Practices for Restarting Your Building’s Water System
Traditionally, it was thought that water could only be harmful through the consumption of contaminated water in the potable water system, but studies have shown that safety concerns come in microbiological, chemical and physical forms and can cause harm by inhalation of water droplets and by skin contact, as well as by ingestion.
With the complexity of water management, the passive monitoring of water quality in all areas of a building is no longer sufficient for ensuring water quality and safety. NSF can help you develop a water safety plan that identifies risks for a variety of water hazards or we can provide a risk assessment specifically for Legionella.
Our experts can help you minimize the risks associated with water in your buildings or facilities by suggesting improvements, identifying hazards and recommending measures so your team can develop a more comprehensive water risk management program.
Developing and maintaining a water management plan on your own is often complicated and time consuming, and sometimes by the time you are able to pull together all the details, contaminated water may have already been consumed or used.
To minimize hazards associated with buildings and industrial facilities, NSF offers the expert development of water safety plans. Our goal is to help building owners or managers identify specific risks in their facilities. We conduct a risk assessment and use the findings to suggest measures to minimize those risks, which will become part of your internal water management plan. The water safety plan will provide details and specifics about how to control, monitor and identify potential hazards. If your facility already has an internal water management plan, we can review it to verify if all reasonable risks are being addressed.
NSF’s water safety plans are developed globally by our industry experts who have many years of experience in this specific area. These plans are based on the most current and recognized technical regulations and practices to minimize different water hazards related to ingestion, inhalation (especially Legionella) and skin contact. The plans are globally accepted by organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO/UN), HSE (Health and Safety Executive) in the United Kingdom and others.
If you are a building owner or facility manager who wants to address hazards related to Legionella, NSF offers an independent Legionella risk assessment. This assessment reviews all building water systems to find hazards associated specifically with the bacteria Legionella. Even if your facility already has a water management plan, NSF can provide you with an assessment and detailed report that will identify your specific Legionella risk areas.
More than ever, these assessments are necessary as Legionella outbreaks can cause fatalities and serious lawsuits. In fact, according to a study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding Legionella outbreaks, approximately 10 percent of cases of Legionnaires' disease result in fatalities.
NSF’s Legionella risk assessments are based on the most current and recognized technical regulations and practices on the management and minimization of the risk of Legionella, and globally accepted by organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO/UN), HSE (Health and Safety Executive) in the United Kingdom and others.
NSF’s water safety plan development and Legionella risk assessments cover all parts of the building water system, including:
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:
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.
Contact us with questions or to receive a quote.
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Controlling the spread of COVID-19 requires the collective effort of physical distancing. While this is imperative to save lives from the novel disease, many hotels, resorts, offices and other buildings are now partially or entirely shutdown. As a result, the water systems in these buildings are experiencing low to no flow, loss of disinfectant residual, tepid water temperatures and other hazardous conditions that can increase Legionella amplification, which can cause Legionnaires disease.
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