Legionella is not as uncommon as most think. With summer approaching, water systems such as cooling misters need to be routinely cleaned, disinfected, and treated. It’s not just outdoor cooling misters.
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Everyone is working with smaller staffs and more “To-dos” than ever; you still need to be having your Water Management Meetings. Auditors and Surveyors will want to see evidence that the Water Management Committee is identified and meeting on a scheduled basis.
Over the last few months, positive legionella cases have been at an all-time high, reporting cases almost daily in the medical press. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has taken precautions and closed multiple building due to the prolonged COVID-19 shut down causing a buildup in legionella amongst the water systems. Cases of […]
Once Legionella is detected in your facility, the protocol is to contact the State or County Health Department. If the news breaks publicly, be prepared to receive calls or have a camera crew turn up from your local media.Here some recommendations on how to handle the next steps:Designate a spokesperson for the facility and notify […]
By Thom Wellington, CEO and Founder of Wellington Environmental This past winter, my wife and I checked into a Florida condo at Christmas for a long planned get away — someplace warm, with an ocean view, to relax and plan for the coming new year. Once we checked into our room, I noticed the toilet […]
Don’t get caught in thinking a Legionella Plan is the same as a Water Management Plan for a facility. State and accreditation inspectors know the difference, even though it may be slight, they can issue a violation for the mistaken identity. For example, a hospital that had its cooling towers sampled for legionella bacteria on […]
Legionnaire’s Disease makes the news, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only water management concern. Don’t get caught in thinking a Legionella plan is the same as a water management plan for a facility. Legal experts know the difference, even though it may be slight. They can catch facility directors off-guard in a courtroom and […]
One of the major concerns we have experienced when writing Water Management Plans for hospitals and Long Term Care (LTC) facilities has to do with temperature setting requirements. Since Water Management Plans for controlling bacteria, such as Legionella, are required in LTC and hospital settings, one important aspect is controlling hot water temperatures. Legionella thrives […]