New York City Local Law 152 governs gas piping system inspections, and mandates they be conducted by a licensed master plumber every four years and encompass all exposed components from point of entry into buildings, among other requirements.
New York City’s Local Law 31 strengthens and expands lead exposure prevention regulations, mandating more stringent inspections and record keeping, among other directives, for building owners and managers.
Consult state health department and federal CDC guidelines to properly mitigate Legionella growth in underused buildings amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which include increasing maintenance and testing, flushing, and implementing a comprehensive water management program.
As the CDC reports a more than fivefold increase in Legionnaires' cases since 2000, pressure mounts on lawmakers and facility managers to implement intuitive technology and comprehensive oversight to thwart the spread of this potentially deadly disease.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expects the number of Legionnaires' disease cases in New York State this year to exceed 2017's total, further highlighting building owners’ struggle to monitor and manage Local Law 77 (LL77).
Vitralogy CTO Joseph McEvoy shares valuable insights with Habitat Magazine, explaining that NYC building owners and managers will be under increasing scrutiny to maintain a compliant Legionella prevention and management process, and must complete corrective actions in a timely manner.
Vitralogy's automated maintenance and repair forms, account management teams, and mandatory work sequences are just some of the platform features that helped the manager of a large NYC retail space become Legionella Compliant.
Several critical protocols are implemented following a Legionnaires' disease outbreak, including: detailed examinations of victims and those suspected of being infected, the utilization of a nationwide database, a forensic examination to determine its source, and ultimately, disinfection procedures.
NYC officials are strictly enforcing new Legionella Compliance regulations for the maintenance of cooling towers, and while the recent rise in violations has been expensive for building owners, a CDC study suggests strict enforcement is necessary to preventing Legionnaires' outbreaks.