Feb 12, 2014

Training Program Helps Prevent Harm From Building Water Systems

Training helps reduce risk of microbial, chemical and physical hazards in building water systems

NSF Intl. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Training Program

NSF Intl. launched a new Building Water Systems Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) training program for water system professionals. The training will help safeguard against microbial, chemical and physical hazards associated with premise plumbing, cooling towers and other water systems in buildings.

Training courses will be held in multiple cities across the U.S. Facility managers; water treatment, distribution and plumbing engineers; and occupational safety professionals can register.

Every year, tens of thousands of preventable injuries and deaths are caused by exposure to microbial, chemical and physical hazards from building water systems. Although municipal water is treated and distributed in accordance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and is safe for its intended use, microorganisms can enter plumbing systems, attach to the inside surfaces of pipe and equipment to form a biofilm, and increase to much greater numbers. Potentially pathogenic microorganisms can then be released into the environment as infectious particles that can pose a threat to human health.

Applying HACCP principles to building water systems enables water system professionals to prevent contamination from pathogenic microorganisms and other chemical and physical hazards by providing a framework for identifying potential hazards and specifying measures for control that ensure the safety of a building’s water supply.

Although HACCP principles are best known for their successful use in food safety applications, they have also emerged as a solution to water safety issues. HACCP-based water safety programs developed by the World Health Organization have proved effective for preventing waterborne disease associated with building water systems. In 2010, an HACCP water management program was developed and implemented at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., yielding significant improvements in building water system safety.

The NSF HACCP for Building Water Systems training courses will be taught by William F. McCoy, Ph.D., and Aaron A. Rosenblatt, water systems experts, with more than 69 years of combined industry experience.