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August 2019
Ending Legionnaires’ Disease: An Audacious or Achievable Goal?

Medical | Pall Corporation webinar series

Legionnaires’ disease continues to be a global threat to public health. While this discovery is more than 40 years old, the prevention of this manmade disease remains elusive. Some may say this is an audacious goal, but we say it’s achievable! The solution is to control the growth and spread of these waterborne bacteria. Since water is the source, by controlling Legionella in the source, we control the risk for disease.


This CE accredited webinar describes a validated proactive strategy of looking for Legionella in the water before disease occurs. Studies show that this approach is the keystone for prevention. Testing premise water systems using environmental culturing techniques for Legionella is crucial for both the investigation of Legionella outbreaks and routine microbiological surveillance for Legionella. Highlights include:


  • Review of interpretation of environmental sampling results, and clinical sampling results
  • Average cost of an outbreak, including financial and public relations
  • The low cost of routine environmental sampling compared to the price of an outbreak


Speaker: Janet E. Stout, PhD, President and Director, Special Pathogens Laboratory, USA

Chair: Michael Castro, MPH, Western Hemisphere Product Manager – Healthcare Water, Pall Medical


Dr. Janet E. Stout is president and director of Special Pathogens Laboratory, and research associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. An infectious disease microbiologist, Dr. Stout is recognized worldwide for seminal discoveries and pioneering research in Legionella. Her expertise includes prevention and control strategies for Legionnaires’ disease in building water systems. Dr. Stout’s more than 30 years of research is published in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals. She has also authored textbook chapters on Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease, including the Legionella chapter in the APIC Text. An advocate for prevention, Dr. Stout assisted in developing the first Legionella prevention guideline (1993) in the United States, which continues to serve as a model for national and global health agencies and organizations. Additionally, she serves on the ASHRAE Legionella standard committee for Legionella Guideline 12 and the SPC 188 committee for ANSI / ASHRAE Standard 188-2015 Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems, the first U. S. standard passed in June 2015. Recently, Dr. Stout was elected to the board of the Cooling Technology Institute.

September 2018

Speaker: Dr. Susanne Lee, PhD , FRSB, CBiol, FRSPH, FIHEEM, FWMSoc, MRCSHC. Director and Owner Leegionella Ltd. United Kingdom


Chaired by: Dr. Catherine Whapham, Global Portfolio Manager - Healthcare Water, Pall Medical

Water sampling and testing can be a helpful monitoring tool when assessing drinking water quality, verifying the effectiveness of remediation and control measures, and may be a requirement under local/national guidance.


However it is important to recognise that water sampling and testing is not a control measure.  In terms of improving water safety, monies spent on continuous or frequent testing may be better deployed on improving the water system infrastructure, reducing nutrient material availability and scale deposits, ensuring frequent throughput at each water outlet, balancing hot water temperatures and minimising heat gain in cold water temperatures.


Water Safety Teams are eager to understand more and better assess the needs for, and benefits of, microbiological testing and sampling before applying to their Water Safety Plan. 


Join this 1 hour webinar to learn more about:


  • microbial limits and monitoring frequency,
  • verification of control and remediation measures,
  • the art of good water sampling practice,
  • selecting a test laboratory,
  • interpreting test results. 
June 2018

Water safety in buildings applies to the delivery of safe drinking water, and In-Premise Water Safety Plans are the most effective means of consistently ensuring the safety of drinking water at the point-of-use.  This 60 minute, free to join webinar will focus on the water system network relevant to the Hospital Water Safety Team, including


  • Water System Design – including new build vs renovation projects
  • Installation – quality of materials,  assessing contractors and avoiding bad practice
  • Materials – factors which are critical to selecting materials for drinking water installations
  • Commissioning – a 10 point checklist to sign-off when a building, ward or piece of equipment is installed
  • Meaningful Drawings - Describing the system with the level of detail needed to be practicable for the water safety team
  • Ranking Resources - prioritise the risks, and therefore prioritise the budget
  • Preparing a financial review with Senior Management  - how best to present water safety plans for adequate funding
March 2018

Water safety in buildings applies to the delivery of safe drinking water, and In-Premise Water Safety Plans are the most effective means of consistently ensuring the safety of drinking water at the point-of-use. One of the first, and most critical steps in developing a Water Safety Plan is to recruit and develop the best available, cross-functional talent for the Water Team. Drawing from National and International Guidance and Recommendations, this webinar uses relevant examples and case studies to focus on the following key steps regarding


  • assembling the team, recruiting the best available and relevant talent, understanding the team roles and responsibilities
  • legal aspects of the Water Safety Team
  • use of third parties for aspects of water management; accreditation of third parties
  • training and education to develop in-house expertise
  • team meet structure, agenda and meeting frequencies
  • what to document, how to maintain records, recognise when to act
  • understanding costs of water system management and budget alignment



Dr Paul McDermott, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, a Member of the Water Management Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management, a member of the Healthcare Infection Society’s Working Party on water management, Before setting up PJM-HS Consulting in 2014, Paul gained 13 years' experience working as a Specialist Inspector in Great Britain's Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Paul has a strong reputation in the effective management of waterborne infections, in particular Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, has acted as expert witness in a number of legal cases, and is currently Authorizing Engineer (Water Safety) at a number of National Health Service Trusts.


December 2017
Healthcare Facility Water Safety Plans: Making it Happen

Medical | Pall Corporation webinar series

Opportunistic in-premise waterborne pathogens are recognised as an increasing health concern not just in developing countries but developed countries too (source WHO). The number of waterborne disease outbreaks from drinking water supplies within buildings, particularly those used in healthcare, continue to rise, leading to increased morbidity, mortality, social and economic burdens and legal consequences. 


Risks are increased where there are poorly designed, installed and commissioned complex water systems with poor quality plumbing materials and where use is seasonal and/or low. Additional factors implicated in poor quality water include water and energy saving measures, inadequate risk assessments and control measures, reduced maintenance resources and budget constraints. 


An essential step for public health protection is the adoption of the World Health Organisations water safety plan approach to managing water systems from catchment to point of use. Building owners/managers have a duty of care to any persons who may be exposed to both water in distribution and any associated systems/equipment. They therefore need to be aware of the regulatory frameworks within which they must operate, including common law (where appropriate), statues, policies, guidelines and best practice. The World Health Organisation approach to the identification and management of risks from water for all uses and all users within buildings has been internationally accepted and adopted into national legislation and guidance including the United States, Europe and Australia.


The objectives of a water safety plan are to ensure safe drinking water through hazard analysis, HACCP based risk assessment, management and monitoring plans backed up by supplementary programmes; including training, surveillance and communication.  


The focus of this webinar is to identify the practical steps needed to develop both an effective Water Management Team and Water Safety Plan, with particular relevance to water use in Healthcare Facilities.



Dr Susanne Lee

Director, Independent Public Health Consultancy 
Leegionella Ltd, United Kingdom



Dr Catherine Whapham

Global Product Manager - Healthcare Water
Pall Medical


October 2017

Watch the recorded on-demand webinar on “Biofilms - The Way Microorganisms Organize Their Social Life in Drinking Water” webinar featuring Emeritus Professor Hans-Curt Flemming, Biofilm Centre at the University Duisburg-Essen, Germany. As a pioneering biofilm researcher, his fascination with biofilms and the bacteria life has fueled his more than 30 years of biofilm work and multiple publications.


What You Will Learn

  • Why microorganisms form biofilms and their role as a contamination source in drinking water.
  • Detection of bacteria and biofilm in water systems.
  • Occurrence and relevance of Viable But Non-culturable Cells (VBNC) by clinically-relevant bacteria.
  • Influence of plumbing materials on bacterial and biofilm growth. 
  • Influence of chemical disinfection on bacterial and biofilm growth.



Professor Hans-Curt Flemming

Professor Emeritus 

Biofilm Centre, University Duisburg-Essen 

Water Academy - Germany


Please provide your contact information to view the webinar.


Nach kurzer Einführung in das Thema „Legionellen“ werden ein paar typische Befunde gezeigt und welche Maßnahmen sich aus diesen Befunden ableiten lassen um mit den Anforderungen der ÖNORM B 5019 konform zu gehen.

  • Einführung Legionellen / Biofilm / Mikrobiolgie
  • Maßnahmen zur Prävention
  • Rechtliche und normative Grundlagen & technische Umsetzung in Österreich



Dr. Milo Halabi, Institut für Pathologie, Mikrobiologie und Infektionsdiagnostik, Krankenhaus der Barmherzigen Schwestern Ried (Österreich), Hygienebeauftragter Arzt

Bildquelle: RSF

Facharzt für Pathologie mit Schwerpunkt klinische Mikrobiologie und molekulare Diagnostik, weiters Krankenhaushygiene mit dem Schwerpunkt Wasserhygiene und Raumlufttechnik. Standortleiter des Institutes für Pathologie am Krankenhaus Ried im Innkreis in OÖ. Betreibt ein Trinkwasserlabor in Ried im Innkreis und arbeitet in diversen Normungskomitees beim Austrian Standard Institute. Zusätzlich Sachverständiger bei Gericht und bei der Akkreditierung Austria im Bereich ISO 15189. Mitautor des Buches „Wasserhygiene in Gesundheitseinrichtungen“, erschienen im ASI-Verlag.

September 2017

Dieses Pall webin@r verdeutlicht dem UsI (Unternehmer und/oder sonstiger Inhaber) das rechtliche Anforderungsprofil, das sich aus der AVBWasserV, der TrinkWV 2001 und den Verkehrssicherungspflichten ergibt. Zunächst wird die rechtliche Relevanz der einzuhaltenden anerkannten Regeln der Technik beschrieben und deren Bedeutung in der haftungsrechtlichen Systematik erklärt. Sodann wird anhand entsprechender Urteile die Wichtigkeit der Einhaltung des konkreten technischen Regelwerks veranschaulicht. Schließlich werden Empfehlungen zur Einhaltung der Rechtspflichten sowie zur Gestaltung von Instandhaltungsverträgen ausgesprochen.



Hartmut Hardt, Rechtsanwalt Hartmut Hardt, Essen (Deutschland),

Nach dem Abitur hat der Referent eine Ausbildung zum Krankenpfleger und zum Desinfektor abgeschlossen. Hiernach absolvierte er das Jurastudium und beendete dieses nach dem Referendariat mit dem erfolgreichen Abschluss des zweiten juristischen Staatsexamens. Herr Hardt ist als Rechtsanwalt zugelassen. Daneben ist er Mitglied des Vorstands der Gesellschaft Bauen und Gebäudetechnik des VDI sowie Mitglied im Fachbeirat FM des VDI.



Die Anforderungen an die Umsetzung und Einhaltung der Trinkwasserverordnung nehmen Sportstättenbetreiber in die Pflicht. Sie haben z. B. bei den Meldepflichten an die Gesundheitsämter größere Eigenverantwortung und müssen bei extremer Kontamination, durch zum Beispiel Legionellen, zur Vermeidung von Gesundheitsrisiken schnell reagieren. Duschverbote und Sanierungsmaßnahmen können die Folge sein.

Dieses Pall webin@r richtet sich an die Sportstättenbetreiber und Aufsichtsbehörden, um die aktuellen Anforderungen in der Praxis zu beleuchten und Hilfestellung durch den Landessportbund Hessen aufzuzeigen.


Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) ist eines der am häufigsten auftretenden und vor allem für kritische Patienten sehr problematisches Bakterium in medizinischen Einrichtungen. Es ist für etwa 10 bis 20 % der auf Intensivstationen auftretenden nosokomialen Infektionen (Pneumonien, Wund-, Blut- und Harnwegsinfektionen) verantwortlich. Mehrere Studien haben gezeigt, dass bis zu 50 % aller im Krankenhaus erworbenen PA-Infektionen auf das Trinkwasserleitungssystem zurückzuführen sind. Damit werden die hektisch beobachteten Legionellen um Zehnerpotenzen geschlagen. Dies hat zur Folge, dass die Krankenhaushygiene und die Haustechnik verschiedene Aspekte aus technischen Regelwerken und Empfehlungen bei dem Betrieb der Trinkwasser-Installation auch in Hinblick auf den potenten Biofilmbildner Pseudomonas beachten müssen.


Dieses kostenlose Pall webin@r richtet sich an Verantwortliche und Beauftragte für Trinkwasserhygiene in Hausinstallationen z. B. Technische Leiter von Krankenhäusern, Rehabilitationskliniken sowie Alten- und Pflegeheimen, Hygienefachkräfte, Ingenieure, Heizungstechniker und Sanitärfachleute und Betreiber von Trinkwassersystemen in Gebäuden, die Trinkwasser für die Öffentlichkeit bereitstellen sowie an Mitarbeiter der Gesundheitsämter.


Für diese Fortbildung werden 2 Punkte für Pflegekräfte (Registrierung®  beruflich Pflegender) anerkannt.


PD. Dr. med. habil. Andreas Schwarzkopf
Facharzt für Mikrobiologie und Infektionsepidemiologie, Institut Schwarzkopf, Aura an der Saale, (Deutschland)