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Special HACCP Session at the ASDWA Annual Conference

If it’s not already in your plans, please consider attending the special post conference session on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) for building water systems.  In cooperation with NSF, ASDWA is offering a tailored version of NSF’s HACCP course that is designed especially for states.  This special session will be held on Thursday afternoon. October 23rd, from 12:30–4:00 p.m. (MDT), as described below.

HACCP Workshop Description:

Hazards associated with building water systems — including microbial hazards Legionella, Pseudomonas and Non-Tubercular Mycobacteria (NTM) — cause a significant number of serious illnesses and deaths.   HACCP is a structured methodology that has proven effective at preventing hazards from harming people.  HACCP provides a standardized-yet-flexible framework for identifying and managing physical and chemical process parameters that can be reliably measured and controlled in real time.  HACCP, best known for its successful, widespread use in food safety, has been adapted specifically for use in building water systems.  HACCP-based water safety programs are increasingly being to protect the public health.

Water safety programs for premise plumbing sometimes require treatment of domestic water after it enters the building. In many cases, this treatment triggers compliance requirements under SDWA. Responsibility for administering and enforcing SDWA for buildings is the responsibility of Primacy Agencies, primarily State Drinking Water Administrators. Yet, for most Primacy Agencies this is new, uncharted territory.

This workshop will introduce HACCP for Building Water Systems, examine when and how SDWA compliance is triggered, and explore ways in which Primacy Agencies can meet the new, associated challenges. The workshop will help answer some key questions:

  • What is HACCP?
  • What are the hazards associated with building water systems?
  • Why is HACCP used to manage the safety of building water systems?
  • How is HACCP applied to building water systems?
  • Who can use HACCP for building water systems?
  • What are the components of a HACCP plan for a building water system?
  • What actions trigger SDWA compliance obligations?
  • What is required of buildings under SDWA?
  • What will be required of Primacy Agencies; what are the tough challenges?
  • What resources are available to help Primacy Agencies meet these challenges?

Even if you didn’t register for this session initially, you can still have it added by contacting Anthony DeRosa at ASDWA (aderosa@asdwa.org)