Aug 14, 2020

Industry News Week 08/14/2020

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APLD is Leading a Virtual Conference

The Alliance to Prevent Legionnaires' Disease (APLD) is leading a two-day, free virtual conference on Aug. 19-20 titled: "Recognizing and Mitigating Legionnaires' Disease Risks During & After the COVID-19 Pandemic."
Sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. EDT each day and according to the press release, will include:

  • An update on COVID-19 and patient susceptibility from Dr. Vickram Tejwani of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • How Legionnaires' disease and COVID-19 compare and affect patients, led by experts in respiratory medicine and infectious disease
  • Why Legionnaires' disease develops and how it should be managed from water source to tap, with APLD Board Member and nationally recognized water expert Bob Bowcock
  • How public health response and water management can be improved to reduce the spread of waterborne disease and deliver safe water, led by the Allergy & Asthma Network and a national COVID-19 reopening expert
  • The steps building owners should take to protect their tenants and themselves from COVID-19 and Legionnaires' Disease exposure and liability, with noted risk management and legal experts
  • A call to action from Brockovich, a prominent consumer advocate and environmental activist profiled with a Hollywood movie who has worked closely with APLD in recent years to raise awareness of Legionnaires' disease

The conference is aimed at public health officials, government policymakers and regulators, water utility managers, building owners and managers, insurance and legal risk officials and anyone interested in learning more about the connections between COVID-19 and Legionnaires' disease.

"Legionnaires' disease is the worst kind of silent killer because of how quietly it can develop in our water pipes and how easily it can spread into our homes and businesses and lead to serious illness and even death," said Brad Considine, APLD's Director of Strategic Initiatives. "We know from COVID-19 that when people are aware of the threat and see the deadly consequences, they will take the actions needed to prevent these problems.

For more information about the conference and to register to attend, visit the Alliance's website here.

Bob Neff Named to Plumbing Manufacturers International’s Board of Directors

Bob Neff of Delta Faucet Company has joined the board of directors of Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI).

An active PMI member since 2016 and co-chair of PMI’s Technical Committee since 2019, Neff is the product compliance and regulatory manager at Delta Faucet Company. In this role at Delta, he leads the compliance and regulatory team at Delta in new product development and sustainment.

As the co-chair of PMI’s Technical Committee, Neff plays a key role among a group of industry technical experts who monitor proposed changes to local, state, national and international plumbing codes and standards, including “green” codes to foster greater sustainability.

“Our group relies on collaboration and feedback from PMI members to guide our activities,” Neff said. “It’s amazing how much activity there is to keep up with and how quickly things move.”

Having started his career at Delta as a lab technician in 2012, Neff said this personal perspective will complement other board members who come mostly from engineering backgrounds. Lab testing validates whether or not plumbing products meet codes and standards. A self-described millennial, Neff said his point of view will help the board to more thoroughly understand the values and contributions younger workers bring into the workplace.

A graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering technology, Neff said he is looking forward to building bridges between PMI and industry allies. For example, he recalls introducing himself at a town hall event in Indianapolis to Dave Yanchulis, director of the Office of Technical and Information Services at the U.S. Access Board, the federal agency that develops and maintains accessibility guidelines and standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws.

This introduction led to Yanchulis coming to St. Pete’s Beach, Florida, to present at the PMI19 Manufacturing Success Conference and opened the door to PMI members having the opportunity to provide feedback on the ADA Standards’ chapter on plumbing elements and facilities. “His presentation at the conference was very interesting and helpful,” Neff stated.