New leaders contribute to Center of Excellence for Building Water Health
Marcos and Fernando Bensoussan joined NSF Intl. as strategic business manager and risk assessor, respectively, in the Center of Excellence for Building Water Health.
The center provides information and resources about water safety for building owners, industry professionals and regulators. Added resources are crucial to preventing microorganisms like Legionella from entering building plumbing systems and creating health risks.
“Marcos and Fernando Bensoussan bring nearly 50 years of combined experience to NSF Intl.,” says Clif McLellan, vice president of NSF Intl.'s Water Division. “Adding to NSF’s 50-year legacy in water systems safety, the Bensoussans’ knowledge and expertise in building water risk assessment, building water management and water safety plans will strengthen our global service offerings in building water health.”
Marcos Bensoussan will be responsible for implementing the global plan for the center, developing customer relationships, and leading training, sales and technical staff. Fernando Bensoussan will be responsible for technical development of safety plans, training technical staffing and performing risk assessments. Both leaders will also help develop building safety and quality services in Latin America from their location in São Paulo, Brazil.
The services include:
- Water safety plans for buildings and large industries like pharma biotech, food and beverage. These plans will contain control measures, monitoring, and corrective actions for risks associated with water systems (domestic, process and utilities) at a specific site. The plan is based on a risk assessment that identifies hazards and hazardous events that could harm people in direct or indirect contact with water through ingestion, inhalation and skin contact.
- Risk assessments to identify hazards associated with Legionella in the water systems of a specific site. NSF will evaluate these hazards as risks and make recommendations to eliminate or control them.
- Risk assessments for indoor air quality. Specifically for Brazil, NSF will identify hazards associated with air quality related to the indoor environment and HVAC systems of a specific site. NSF will evaluate these hazards as risks and make recommendations to eliminate or control them.
Prior to joining NSF Intl. in August 2016, Marcos and Fernando Bensoussan were co-owners of SETRI, a consulting company that provides risk mitigation services and helps companies create building water safety plans.
Marcos Bensoussan developed a HACCP risk assessment methodology for Legionella, as well as a water safety plan template for buildings and industries based on World Health Organization guidelines and methods. He published and edited the books "Legionella in the View of Specialists" (2014) and "Water Safety Plan in the View of Specialists" (2015). He is a member of the Brazilian National Standards Organization (ABNT) committee for the Standard for Legionella Prevention in Water Systems. Prior to founding SETRI, Marcos worked for NALCO for 31 years. He developed more than 50 new products for industrial and drinking water treatment and more than 20 different services related to water systems and indoor air quality. He was a founding member of the Brazil Green Building Council and helped introduce LEED certification in Brazil. He holds a patent for cleaning and sanitation for HVAC systems.
Fernando Bensoussan is a certified Legionella risk assessor and co-developed a water safety plan template for buildings and industries. He is a member and contributor to two ABNT committees: the Standard for Hot and Cold Water Systems and the Standard for Legionella Prevention in Water Systems. Fernando authored chapters in the books "Legionella in the View of Specialists" (2014) and "Water Safety Plan in the View of Specialists" (2015).