According to WebWire reports, the American Society of Refrigeration, Heating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) will pass a new standard, ASHRAE 188, this year for conducting Legionella bacteria risk assessment in buildings that meet one of the following criteria—whether it is privately or government owned:
1) Multiple housing units with one or more centralized water heaters
2) Any public or private building that has 10 or more stories
3) Any hospital or nursing home, regardless of the size, where patients are over 65 years old
4) Any building regardless of size, which has a cooling tower or evaporative condenser
5) Any building that has one or more hot tubs, whirlpool spas, or water features that release aerosolized water
6) Any building that receives incoming water that has less than 0.5 ppm residual halogen concentration
WebWire reports that the ASHRAE 188 standard is the first of its kind and now exposes building owners to legal liability for any cases of Legionnaires’ disease that develop from their buildings’ water supply system.
Updates will be posted as they become available.
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