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DEVELOPING A LEGIONELLA WATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM 7 1 Establish a Water Management Program Team Certain skills, described in the diagram below, are needed to develop and implement your water management program. These skills would typically be provided by a combination of people, some of whom may have multiple skills (examples shown below). Ability to oversee the program Ability to identify and take corrective actions Ability to monitor and document program performance Ability to identify control locations and control limits Ability to confirm program performance Knowledge of the water systems Ability to communicate regularly about the program Water Management Program Team Consider who among your employees, partners, and outside experts can provide these skills so that you can develop the most effective program possible. Those who might be part of your water management program team include: 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 Building owner Building manager/administrator Maintenance or engineering employees Safety officers Equipment or chemical suppliers Contractors/consultants (e.g., water tr eatment professionals) Certified industrial hygienists Microbiologists Environmental health specialists State and local health officials In some cases, you may need to train your in-house personnel or hire professionals with specific experience in Legionella bacteria in building water systems. Healthcare Facilities The team should also include: • • • • Someone who understands accreditation standards and licensing requirements Someone with expertise in infection prevention A clinician with expertise in infectious diseases Risk and quality management staff Reference: ASHRAE 188: Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems June 26, 2015. ASHRAE: Atlanta. www.ashrae.org

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