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Water Safety and Infection Control – ASSE’s 12000 Series

Source: ASSE (American Society of Sanitary Engineering) at http://www.asse-plumbing.orgw

Most people will agree that we live in unprecedented times with unprecedented challenges, affecting all aspects of our lives from our personal and family situations to our professional endeavors. Careers and career standards have been re-examined, amplified, or completely transformed due to Covid-19

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the construction industry. As we enter 2021 it is clear that plumbing, pipefitters, sprinkler fitters, and HVAC techs must be increasingly proficient in identifying and controlling pathogens while working in affected buildings. Water safety and infection control are paramount to the workers’ safety as well as to the safety of building occupants

To this end, ASSE’s 12000 Series training and certification program on Water Safety and Infection Control delineates safe methods for working in buildings that may contain potentially deadly diseases and outlines the best methods for developing water risk management programs, particularly in healthcare facilities. Many facilities now require certification in infection control, making this ASSE program increasingly valuable to plumbing and construction workers going forward. Employers must be able to trust that employees are qualified to work responsibly and safely in potentially hazardous environments

For over 100 years, ASSE has been a trusted and reliable resource for public health and safety practices in the plumbing and piping trades. In addition to establishing the general knowledge required for creating water system risk management programs, ASSE’s 12000 series is organized into separate units which provide information

–Biohazards, pathogens, and infectious diseases for
1) piping, plumbing, and mechanical systems workers
2) maintenance and construction personnel
3) employers or employers’ representatives

–Waterborne diseases and biohazards including but not limited to microorganisms, viruses, bacteria, algae and mold which present a risk to workers and occupants

–Procedures to prevent contamination and infection to protect workers and occupants

–General knowledge on creating a water quality risk management plan in the areas of
1) pipe and plumbing systems
2) mechanical systems
3) water-based fire protection systems

In addition, this ASSE program offers helpful information on infection prevention and control risk assessment as well as on personal protective equipment

Note: ASSE has modified their testing and recertification dates due to Covid-19. Additional information may be found on their website

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