The resurgence of Legionnaires’ disease has been overshadowed by the coronavirus, but the disease remains a difficult challenge for maintenance and engineering managers, according to an article from Facility Maintenance Decisions on the FacilitiesNet website.
To protect occupants and visitors, managers and technicians must take a series best practices related to prevention, detection and treatment.
Once in place, the program should provide guidance for minimizing risks associated with Legionella and other waterborne pathogens. The toolkit from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Developing a Water Management Program to Reduce Legionella Growth & Spread in Buildings – A Practical Guide to Implementing Industry Standards, includes special considerations for managers in healthcare facilities and hotels working with Legionella consultants.
A facility’s water management program also should reference the ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2018, Risk Management of Building Water Systems.
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