Watertech is committed to ensuring our team is prepared to mitigate and respond to the ongoing threat of Legionella and other harmful water borne pathogens. Members of our Water Safety team have completed the necessary training and examinations required to become part of the first ever class of Certified Legionella Water Safety and Management Specialists. Below are answers to a few FAQs about this certification:
What is ASSE 12080?
ASSE 12080 is a new Professional Qualifications Standard that outlines the minimum qualifications needed, including knowledge and competency, to become a member of a water safety team involved in the development of a risk assessment analysis, and water management and sampling plan, for protection from Legionella and other waterborne pathogens. This guideline was introduced in April 2020 by ASSE International, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
What is covered in the ASSE 12080 Legionella Water Safety and Management Certification Program?
This training provides the required knowledge, understanding and competency to serve as a member of a facility’s water safety team, to help protect against Legionella outbreaks and to react appropriately should an outbreak occur. The program focuses on the development of a risk assessment analysis, and water management and sampling plan, for protection from Legionella and other waterborne pathogens.
Who provides the training and examination?
This training is a joint effort that is provided by The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), in conjunction with Special Pathogens Laboratory (SPL). The training is lead by SPL President, Dr. Janet Stout, a pioneer in the field of Legionella research with over 30 years of experience.
Who should earn and maintain this certification?
Any industry professional who serves as part of a water safety team.
Why is it important?
ASSE 12080 is the most current standard that addresses Legionella mitigation. Those who have been certified as Legionella Water Safety and Management specialists have a thorough understanding of the most current practices to protect a facility’s patients, clients, staff and reduce Legionella liability.
Watertech has over 40 years of experience working with healthcare and other facilities to provide Water Management Plans and solutions that prioritize health, safety and efficiency – ensuring that your potable water systems are free of waterborne pathogens.
If you have questions on water safety or how to mitigate risk reach out to us at 414-425-3339 or fill out the form below to request a site survey.