Is My Building or Facility at Risk?
According to the CDC, if your building relates to any of the following, you should take extra precaution when you assess for reopening.
- Is your building a healthcare facility? Do patients stay overnight, or, are they treated for chronic and acute medical problems or have weakened immune systems?
- Is your building home to older adults – ages 65+?
- Does your building have a centralized hot water system that feeds multiple housing units?
- Does your building have more than ten stories? *Basement levels included.
Does your building have:
- Decorative fountains?
- Spa pools?
- A cooling tower?
- Or, a centrally installed mister, air washer, or humidifier?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, and are concerned about a potential Legionella risk, seek professional testing to confirm what’s happening in your facility. At Mold Inspection Sciences, we collect water and swab samples from all potable sources and commercial sources like those listed above, which are then analyzed by our laboratory for the presence of specific contaminants.
I See an Area for Potential Risk, What’s Next?
If you don’t have one in place already, a smart next step is to develop and maintain an environmental monitoring program. This type of plan helps maintain a safe environment in your facility, effectively reducing hazardous conditions conducive to Legionella growth and protecting people from contracting Legionnaires’ disease. It should focus on areas or devices in your facility where Legionella may grow or spread.
Many buildings need and should have an environmental monitoring program to reduce the risk of Legionella, among other environmental risks. The CDC recommends a comprehensive, seven part program specifically for building water systems. We can help you understand the risks your building's systems may face and which parts of the CDC recommendations apply to you - and which do not.
As we continue to return to work, now is the time to either evaluate the effectiveness of your environmental monitoring program or develop one to ensure possible hazards are identified and safely managed.
Environmental Monitoring Program (EMP) and Risk Assessment
Monitoring your building environment can have a variety of benefits and is more than just an initial inspection. Thorough cleaning and continued auditing are vital to reduce the potential growth and further spread of environmental contaminants. An EMP and risk assessment will help you develop the right protocols to limit the impact of these hazards, so your workplace is safe for everyone.
When you’re ready to reopen, we can help confirm that your business and building is as safe as possible for workforce re-entry. Our inspection and testing services leverage extensive knowledge of environmental contamination and conditions conducive to mold, Legionella, and SARS. For more information, visit our Environmental Risk Assessment page, or get in touch with our team