Metro NY AIHA Virtual Meeting

January 11, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Metro New York Local Section
(551) 206-8840

Metro New York Local Section presents:

Special Guest Speaker: Jack Springston, CIH, CSP, FAIHA Industrial Hygiene Services Manager at Atlas
Topic: Legionella in Building Water Systems
Where: Virtual
When: January 11, 2022, at 6 pm; Eastern Standard Time

Attendance Fees:
$5 for Students
$10 for Members
$15 for Non-Members

Payment Methods:
By PayPal:
By Venmo: @AIHA-MetroNY

For any payment issues, please contact Sophie Naftalovich, Treasurer at (551) 206-8840

Public concern about Legionella exploded following an outbreak at the 1976 American Legion conference in Philadelphia, where 221 attendees contracted pneumonia and 34 died. Since that time, many people felt that the problem had been resolved and public awareness and understanding of Legionella waned. However, the incidence of LD has been steadily increasing for more than a decade. Reported cases in the U.S. have risen from 1,108 in 1999 to 9,933 in 2018, and the incidence rate has increased by over 500%. Similar increases have been seen in New York City which saw at least 4 different outbreaks in 2015, the largest of which infected at least 133 people and killed 16. 2015 also saw the release of two important U.S. documents related to Legionella – AIHA’s “Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Legionella Hazards in Building Water Systems” and ASHRAE’s long overdue Standard 188 “Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems”. This presentation will cover the history of Legionella; the biology, ecology, and environment of Legionella and how it inhabits, amplifies and survives in building water systems; and the epidemiology of Legionella. Additionally, it will discuss the new 2022 AIHA Legionella guideline and provide an outline for professionals to develop evaluation and assessment strategies for Legionella by focusing on source assessment and proactive monitoring to determine the effectiveness of control measures.