Vitralogy offers a legionella and water safety plan compliance tool with live account management that you can integrate into your SmartCompliance platform. With our technology, you’ll always be in adherence with regulations so you can guarantee the health and safety of your building’s users.
We designed and built our cooling tower compliance tool to follow both ASHRAE 188-2018 and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) standards, which means reliable and up-to-date legionella compliance and water safety plan implementation—no matter your industry.
Legionnaires’ disease is a severe, potentially fatal form of pneumonia caused by legionella, a water-borne bacteria. Outbreaks of the disease happen in man-made water systems, such as cooling towers and fountains, where variables such as temperature, presence of biofilm, and other factors promote the growth of bacteria.
Prevention is a matter of proper maintenance, which is why it’s essential to have a tech-forward intervention plan that can track all the moving parts of compliance.
In summer 2015, New York City was the center of one of the worst Legionnaires’ outbreaks in U.S. history, with 138 confirmed cases and 16 deaths. In response, both the city and state implemented laws based on ASHRAE 188 standards requiring owners to test and maintain their cooling towers in order to prevent the spread of legionella bacteria.
In New York City, two laws dictate cooling tower compliance: Local Law 77, implemented in 2016, and Local Law 76, implemented in 2020. Compliance requirements are as follows:
VITRALOGY WILL allow you to remotely assign tasks to your team, track to-dos, and maintain access to documentation at all times, which means you can comply no matter where in the world you are.
In 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services mandated that all healthcare facilities that accept Medicare and Medicaid must develop water safety plans, including cooling tower compliance, due to the outsized threat legionella presents for immunocompromised individuals, smokers, those with underlying health issues such as diabetes or kidney disease, and those over 50 years of age.
The CMS water safety plan mandate requires that all hospitals, critical access hospitals, and long-term care facilities who accept Medicare and Medicaid payments develop plans that align with both ASHRAE 188 and CDC guidelines. Non-compliance could result in citations and even loss of the ability to accept Medicare and Medicaid. Compliance requirements are as follows:
We designed our platform to follow industry requirements to prevent the spread of legionella.
VITRALOGY WILL allow you to manage your customized cooling tower compliance and domestic water plans.
As Legionnaires’ disease continues to spread, legionella compliance laws are becoming more common, and where the law is lagging, litigation is stepping in.
Victims of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks frequently sue building owners and managers for negligence, sometimes for millions of dollars. So even if your industry doesn’t require legionella management, enacting a plan to control legionella could save you millions of dollars.
The golden standard of Legionnaires’ disease prevention is the ASHRAE 188 Legionella Compliance standard, upon which both New York Cooling Tower Compliance and healthcare water safety regulations are based.
The ASHRAE 188 Legionella Compliance “standard applies to human-occupied commercial, institutional, multiunit residential, and industrial buildings.” The standard is applicable to any building that has:
So whether you’re a hotel, a spa or commercial gym, a commercial real estate rental company, or anywhere else where large numbers of people gather, 188 is the standard by which you should measure your plan.
ASHRAE 188 requirements are as follows:
VITRALOGY WILL allow you to control the proliferation of legionella in your water systems, so you can take care of the health and safety of the people in your building and avoid expensive mitigation or litigation.
Our account management team will be there each step of the way, monitoring data for any patterns, tracking customizable metrics and KPIs, and reminding your team of what needs to get done. That means more time to drill down into the important tasks on your plate and less time spent hunting important paperwork or trying to figure out if everything is getting done on time.
Always be ready
Compliance means keeping up with testing, maintaining a healthy water supply—and having your proof of compliance inspection-ready at all times. Thanks to SmartCompliance’s Virtual Binder, you can carry your Department of Health-approved logbook with you wherever you take your phone or tablet. No more scrambling to remember to bring your logbook from the office to the worksite.
Whether you need documentation for New York City and State legionella compliance, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services water management plan compliance, or another law all together, Vitralogy has you covered. Test results, proof of mitigation, and water management plan, all in one convenient, digital hub.
No Matter What
We designed and built our SmartCompliance cooling tower add-on to follow both ASHRAE 188-2018 and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) standards, which means reliable and up-to-date water safety plan implementation no matter the industry you’re in.
Whether you’re a New Yorker who owns one or more cooling towers or you’re a healthcare facility manager in charge of a water safety plan, we've got you covered.