TIPS Master Class
Developing Effective, Verifiable and Defendable Water Management Plans Across All Your Facilities
Noon – 1:00 p.m. | Session Room 205B
Presented by TIPS: The Infection Prevention Strategy (www.IC.tips)
Globally, we are seeing a rapid rise in waterborne disease associated with building water systems – from cooling towers to re-circulating hot water systems, to hot tubs, to saunas, to shows, to patient sinks and medical devices. Every day there are headlines of local, provincial/state and federal agencies responding to a waterborne outbreak associated with building water systems in healthcare, hospitality, industrial facilities, commercial and recreational water facilities.
The United States has seen an eight-fold increase in legionella cases since 2000, and the National Academy of Science’s August 2019 report on managing risk of building water systems estimated that there are 52,000 to 70,000 legionella cases per year in the U.S. alone. The U.S. Center for Disease Control found that nine out of 10 outbreaks would have been prevented if there was a properly designed and implemented water management plan in place. In response to this significant increase in largely preventable disease, we have seen a wide range of regulatory responses across the globe, including Spain, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Australia and Hong Kong, as well as the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Vancouver, and the U.S. state of New York, to name a few. Additionally, legislation has recently been introduced in the states of Florida, Massachusetts and New Jersey.
This session will outline what should be part of every water management plan, and present strategies for achieving a consistent and defendable duty of care across the diverse portfolio that captures local regulatory requirements. Actionable information will be presented through the decision-making chain – from staff implementing the plan, to facility managers, to regional health and safety teams, as well as corporate liability/risk management teams.