New York City building maintenance personnel already well know that sustaining compliance with its strict, though necessary Legionella regulations is an ongoing process of not just simply satisfying current requirements, but also keeping up with their evolution.
Popular property management and real estate publication Habitat Magazine covered this challenge in its September 2018 issue, with an article outlining several lesser-known aspects of Local Law 77 governing such adherence.
Among these: requirements to register all cooling tower equipment with both the state and local governments, the mandate that two types of water testing must be conducted on building water systems each week, and stipulations ordering certain tasks be completed by particular people.
Read the full Habitat Magazine article here.
When Habitat Magazine needed a knowledgeable source on Legionella compliance who could meticulously break down for readers how regulations have changed since their 2015 enactment, and more importantly, how property managers can avoid violations as more changes occur, it contacted Vitralogy Chief Technology Officer Joseph McEvoy.
McEvoy, an industry expert who has conducted extensive research in the Legionella compliance field, shared key insights into recent Legionella compliancy developments.
He notes that city officials are "digging more into how you do things—the process," and that property owners and managers will be under increasing scrutiny to meet every expectation delineated in the regulations, especially those concerning timelines for the completion of required tasks.
“The city is now looking into the number of hours between the test and the corrective action,” he told the publication. “If it’s 25 hours, you’re getting fined. If people can’t prove it was within 24 hours, they’re getting fined.”
Such stringency reinforces the value of Vitralogy as an end-to-end platform that automates the Legionella compliance process.
McEvoy stressed this solution, explaining that Vitralogy customers reap the benefits of having an entire team of professionals behind them, managing their compliance, and ensuring all stakeholders are working together and focusing on the tasks at hand.
“When things are going sideways, and people aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do, we’re following up,” he explains. “We’re making phone calls, finding out what’s going on, and reporting things up the chain, if we need to.”
Vitralogy customers can rest assured knowing we will continue providing this extraordinary level of service as the law changes. Our talented team of experts remain ever-vigilant in evolving the platform alongside required mandates, so while some may view the future of Legionella regulations with apprehension, Vitralogy pushes on, proud of our growing reputation as an informed source of clarity and confidence.