New Mandates for Building Water Systems Affect Legal Liability in Legionnaires’ Disease Cases

New Mandates for Building Water Systems Affect Legal Liability in Legionnaires’ Disease Cases

Garry R. Boehlert, a partner and co-chair of the Firm’s Construction Practice, co-wrote this article about the imminent adoption by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) of Standard 188.

Standard 188, also known as “Prevention of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems," is a new standard that will provide mandatory risk management practices intended for those involved in the ownership, design, construction, installation, management, operation, maintenance and servicing of centralized building water systems. Those individuals include engineers, architects, system designers, facility managers and owners of commercial and industrial buildings. Adoption of ASHRAE Standard 188 is anticipated in the first quarter of 2012.