ASHRAE publishes updated legionellosis standard
ASHRAE published a revised edition of its standard that provides a more comprehensive approach to preventing the growth and spread of Legionella.
ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2018, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems establishes minimum legionellosis risk management requirements for building water systems.
The 2018 edition of Standard 188 provides: A description of environmental conditions that promote the growth of Legionella; informative annexes and bibliography with suggestions, recommendations and references to additional guidance; minimum Legionellosis risk management requirements for buildings and associated potable and non-potable water systems; and requirements for Legionellosis control strategies and documentation.
The CDC estimates there are between 8,000 and 18,000 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the United States each year — and more than 10% of these cases are fatal. Legionella can also cause a less-severe influenza-like illness known as Pontiac Fever. Most of those cases are the result of exposure to Legionella found in building water systems.
To order ASHRAE Standard 188-2018, visit www.ashrae.org/bookstore call 800-527-4723 or fax 678-539-2129.