The Healthcare Industry Readies for 2022 Changes

Effective January 2022: New water management requirements

By now most hospitals, senior care, and health services are aware of the upcoming mandates from the CDC and Joint Commission to implement Legionella water management programs.  The revised standards  (ANSI/ASHRAE STANDARD 188-2018, LEGIONELLOSIS: RISK MANAGEMENT FOR BUILDING WATER SYSTEMS) cover virtually any large building, especially healthcare facilities in the United States, and go a long way into itemizing all that companies can do to protect the quality of water and therefore the quality of life for the people and pets they serve.

For the past 20 years, the Joint Commission has required that accredited health care facilities should “minimize pathogenic biological agents in cooling towers, domestic hot-and cold-water systems, and other aerosolizing water systems” according to the Standard EC.02.05.01.

Effective January 1, 2022, this standard will be replaced with EC.02.05.02, which was approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and issued early this year.

This new, EC.02.05.02 standard requires hospitals and nursing care centers to have a water management and safety program (WMP) that “addresses Legionella and other waterborne pathogens.” A designated individual or team must oversee the entire WMP – development, management, maintenance – to ensure it meets applicable laws and regulations and includes a flow diagram of water systems, risk analysis, control measures, corrective actions to maintain control measures and WMP reviews. The Joint Commission refers its accredited hospitals and nursing care centers to ASHRAE 188, the CDC Toolkit, “Developing a Water Management Program to Reduce Legionella Growth and Spread in Buildings,” and ASHRAE Guideline 12-2020.

Chemstar WATER has been partnering with world-renowned experts and providing WMPs for its Healthcare Customers

In 2021 we let customers know of our formalized services to offer guidance in co-creating the Water Management and Safety Plans (WMP) along with an additional in-depth Risk Analysis. As a result, many of our existing customers as well as new clients have worked with Chemstar WATER to develop new WMPs or revise their existing ones. Chemstar WATER also partners with national infection disease and pathogen control consultants and experts in order to provide our healthcare customers with the most up-to-date information. By teaming up with external experts, you get the added credibility of world-renowned specialists alongside Chemstar WATER’s industry expertise.

This year especially has been incredibly busy and we have been doing our best to meet the demand in developing the WMPs. Contact us if you still need help with the upcoming changes.