Legionella Enews – 31 July 2012

In this issue:

1. Legionnaires’ outbreaks
2. AWT members get 10% off HACCP Prepare training
3. Four doctors charged in infant Legionnaires’ deaths
4. Should you get a HACCP water plan before ASHRAE 188 is finalized?
5. Beta testers needed for new HACCP plan system

1. Legionnaires’ outbreaks

Major outbreak in Scotland. Between the end of May and mid July, a total of 101 confirmed or suspected cases of Legionnaires’ disease were identified in Edinburgh. Three men who had underlying health conditions have died. The investigators suspected a cooling tower in a densely populated area of the city but have not been able to confirm a source.

Stoke-on-Trent, England. Investigators believe that a hot tub in a store is the probable source of a Legionnaires’ outbreak in Stoke-on-Trent based on water test results and epidemiologic evidence. As of today, 19 cases have been confirmed, 8 patients are still hospitalized, and one person has died.

LD in Albany hotel guests, again. Two people contracted Legionnaires’ disease after a mid May stay at the hotel in Albany, NY where six cases were identified between September and December last year. The hotel voluntarily closed after the cases were reported. http://hudsonvalley.ynn.com/content/top_stories/586445/legionnaires–disease-confirmed-at-best-western-sovereign-hotel/

Restaurant in Spain. Based on epidemiologic evidence, investigators determined a restaurant in Mostoles (near Madrid) to be the probable source of 12 confirmed and 13 possible cases of Legionnaires’ disease that occurred in late June. The 18 men and 7 women ranged from 35 to 87 years of age. The restaurant was allowed by authorities to remain open for business. The report did not mention a suspected water system.

Family members suffer from Legionnaires’ after attending reunion in Michigan. See the news video at http://www.wnem.com/story/18875612/member-of-sick-family-diagnosed-with-legionaires-disease

2. AWT members get 10% off HACCP Prepare training

Members of the Association of Water Techonologies (AWT) can get a 10% discount on the online training program “Preparing to Develop a Legionella HACCP Water Plan.” Go to the members section of www.awt.org to get the discount code, and use that code when you register for the course at hcinfo.com.

3. Four doctors charged in infant Legionnaires’ deaths

Four doctors in Cyprus were charged this month in connection with 11 hospitalizations and 3 deaths of infants born at a Cyprus clinic in 2008. It was decided that failure to follow maintenance regulations lead to legionella contamination of the plumbing system. http://www.cyprus-mail.com/suspended-sentence/suspended-sentences-doctors-clinics-baby-deaths-case/20120717

4. Should you get a HACCP water plan before ASHRAE 188 is finalized?
by Matt Freije

ASHRAE Standard 188P will go through another 30-day public review to get comments on the latest proposed changes. Many thanks to the committee members for enduring such a long process.

Should you wait until the standard is finalized before developing a Legionella HACCP water plan for your facility?

In my opinion, no.

You would be justified in accusing me of bias, since my company (HC Info) provides HACCP water plans. However, consider that we have been recommending and providing Legionella water management plans to our clients since 2000, believing them to be beneficial long before ASHRAE 188P came along.

Anyway, consider the following in deciding what’s best for your facility:

Why should you consider getting a Legionella HACCP water plan prior to the release of ASHRAE Standard 188?

a. The primary reason to develop and implement a Legionella HACCP water plan is the same now as it was when I started doing Legionella assessments and writing plans back in 2000: to reduce the health and legal risk associated with Legionella. The primary reason will stay the same after 188 is finalized, but there will be a second reason: to comply with the standard.

b. ASHRAE 188 will not be the first document to recommend HACCP principles in managing building water systems for Legionella control. The World Health Organization did so in 2007 (see http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/emerging/legionella.pdf). So, HACCP is already the recommended approach.)

c. ASHRAE 188 is not needed to develop a Legionella HACCP water plan. The pending ASHRAE standard is not designed to give you all the details. If the final version is similar to the drafts, it will simply provide a framework. (In fact, if you try to develop a HACCP plan for your facility simply by reviewing 188P, your plan will be insufficient.) If you develop a HACCP plan now, and find that it lacks something required by ASHRAE 188, you can revise your plan accordingly. If your initial plan was developed well, such revisions should be minor and easy.

d. ASHRAE 188 has already received significant publicity, essentially putting building operators on notice about controlling Legionella bacteria in building water systems. If someone contracts Legionnaires’ disease from Legionella in your facility’s water systems, you will probably have to explain–to the ill person’s family or an attorney or both–why you waited to develop and implement a HACCP water plan.

5. Beta testers needed for new HACCP plan system

HC Info is looking for beta testers for its new HACCP plan configuration system.

If you operate a hotel, hospital, apartment/condo building, office building, nursing home, or industrial facility, please consider applying to be a beta tester if you would like to try the application to configure a Legionella HACCP water plan for your facility.

The benefit to HC Info will be to get feedback to improve the application before making it available to the public. The benefit to you is getting a high quality Legionella HACCP water plan for only $750.

Only 15 to 20 beta testers will be accepted.

Using the application to configure a HACCP water plan will probably be much easier for those who have completed our online training “Preparing to Develop a Legionella HACCP Water Plan,” but the training is not required to beta test the application. In fact, we want both as beta testers–those who have completed the training and those who have not.

Please email Matt Freije by August 7th if you would like to be considered for the program.

Bron: www.hcinfo.com

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