RHP Risk Management performed lead in water testing at commercial day care buildings. Effective January 1, 2019, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) licensing standards were updated to reflect litigation (225 ILCS 10/5.9) which requires lead testing of water for all daycares that serve children ages birth to six years and occupy a building constructed on or before January 1, 2000.

  • RHP collected initial samples prior to opening of the day care. Results taken following stagnant for at least 6 hours and no more than 18 hours.
  • RHP provided results with a 5-business day turnaround from an accredited laboratory.
  • RHP assisted with mitigation strategies when initial sampling returned results greater than 2ppb. Mitigation strategies included flushing, adding filters, replacement of plumbing / piping, or no usage of the fixture at all.

RHP Risk Management developed a site-specific water management plan (WMP) to reduce the growth and spread of building related legionella & other waterborne opportunistic pathogens for a healthcare facility following the best practice guidance presented in ASHRAE Standard 188, as referenced by guidance provided by the CDC and CMS. Following the implementation of the site specific WMP, RHP conducted sampling throughout the facility for legionella to validate the current WMP.

  • RHP met with healthcare management and engineering staff to review the required elements of the water management program, identified individuals to be included on the water management team, and defined roles for those individuals.
  • RHP conducted a site walkthrough with facilities maintenance staff and building engineers to identify risk factors, map the flow of water through the buildings, identify control measures and points of use, and develop a water flow diagram.
  • RHP collected samples from numerous water sources including cooling towers, ice machines, decorative fountains, sinks, showers, hot water storage tanks, central domestic cold water fixtures, central domestic hot water loops.
  • RHP analyzed and reported final results to client. Made recommendations and continued to assist throughout the mitigation process.