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Potential Impact of ASHRAE 188

On June 26th, ASHRAE 188P dropped the “P” and became ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015. What will be its impact on cases of Legionnaires’ disease, the number of lawsuits and litigation related to the disease, laws, and water-related products and services?

Update on ASHRAE 188

“Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems” officially became ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015 on June 26, 2015. The Legionella risk reduction strategy set forth in the standard is to implement a “Water Management Program” (Program) for…

Water Temperatures and Legionella

At the first glance, guidelines may lead engineers and facility operators to conclude that controlling Legionella bacteria in plumbing systems can be accomplished long-term by simply raising water heater temperatures. As with any solution that appears easy and cheap,...

Insurance Coverage For Legionnaires Disease Claims

Legionnaires'-related lawsuits are not uncommon, in part because the disease is entirely environmental — it isn’t contracted from another person but by exposure to Legionella bacteria transmitted from water in plumbing systems, cooling towers, whirlpool spas, and...

Legionnaires Disease Associated With Dental Water Lines

In February 2012, The Lancet reported the first confirmed case of Legionnaires' disease associated with dental water lines. The patient, an 82-year-old woman in Rome, died just two days after she was diagnosed despite heavy antibiotic treatment. In the 2 to 10 days...

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