Health Department Announces New Cooling Tower Academy to Educate Property Managers About its Comprehensive Cooling Tower Maintenance Regulations

Posted on Friday November 03, 2017

The NYC Health Department issued a press release announcing it will begin offering free, two-hour trainings to help property managers and building operators comply with Local Law 77 of 2015, the City’s cooling tower maintenance law. When not properly maintained, cooling towers can support the growth of Legionella bacteria, creating a risk of Legionnaires’ disease.

In the release, FirstService Residential is credited with organizing the Health Department’s initial training held in August, which drew nearly 400 attendees. FirstService Residential President Dan Wurtzel is also quoted in the release: “With 120 cooling tower-equipped buildings in our management portfolio, FirstService Residential is keenly aware of the importance of properly training property managers and building operators to comply with the City’s cooling tower regulations in order to ensure the safety of our residents. We were delighted to organize the Health Department’s inaugural training on this topic which supports our commitment to continuing education on operations and maintenance best practices.”

The course covers registration requirements, team development, plan development, record keeping, compliance strategies, and the inspection and enforcement process. To learn more about partnering with the Department to host an information session, email the Cooling Tower Academy at CTAcademy@health.nyc.govwith the subject line “Hosting Request.” Click here to read the full press release. 



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