At ChemREADY, we look to keep our customers as informed as possible with the ongoing world of water management. Below you’ll find links to articles on various water management related to topics ranging from how to properly audit a water management plan to treating legionella in your facility. These articles are written by our staff to help you make the most informed decisions about your treatment options. Learn more below!
As of January 1, 2022, the Joint Commission’s new Environment of Care standard mandates these plans. Because the Joint Commission is now conducting inspections of healthcare facilities on behalf of The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, facility management teams can expect more scrutiny of their plans. Now is the time for facility executives to audit and correct weaknesses in plans and processes.
COVID-19 may be top of mind these days, but facility managers should remember another type of infective pathogen: Legionella, a bacteria commonly found in restrooms, showers, water fountains, and ice machines. Failure to follow regular maintenance routines will expose owners to litigation should an occupant contract Legionnaires’ Disease, a super pneumonia that-like COVID–can be deadly.
Legionella bacteria can become a serious health concern when they grow in building water systems like domestic hot and cold-water systems, potable water tanks, decorative fountains, cooling towers, evaporative condensers of large air-conditioning systems, even hot tubs or ice machines. Most people contract Legionnaires’ disease by inhaling the bacteria from water droplets when around these systems.