Legionella & Legionnaires’ Disease – Frequently Asked Questions

Legionella & Legionnaires’ Disease are environmental health issues that FACS experts often receive questions about. Given that Legionella was discovered less than 50 years ago and is a relatively “young” subject among environmental health issues, there are lots of questions to be asked. On March 5th, 2019, FACS’ Legionella Expert Megan Canright, MPH, CIH, partnered… Read more »

How to Avoid a Cal/OSHA IIPP Violation

California employees enjoy rights and protections not available to workers in other states. A U.S. News and World Report study placed California in the lead for the title of “Best State for Worker Rights.” That’s the good news. California employers know that great achievements do not come cheaply, however. They are subject to some of… Read more »

Legionnaires’ Disease Prevention and Control

A brief account of the first Legionnaires’ disease crisis: On July 27th, three days after returning home from the 1976 American Legion convention in Philadelphia, Ray Brennan died of what appeared to be a heart attack. Within days, four other Legionnaires had passed away. By August 9th, the death count was at 27.1 Three of… Read more »

Hospitality Exposure: Synthetic Opioid Production and Use

The production of Methamphetamines and the processing of Opioids are becoming more and more prevalent in the Hospitality industry.  Easy access, privacy and the ability to manufacture or package drugs quickly, has lead to increased exposure to toxic chemicals for hotel workers and guests. The purpose of this article is to review the impact of… Read more »

CMS, ASHRAE 188 and my hospital: What are the next steps?

Developing a designated water management program team is job no. 1 With the nationwide incidence of Legionella on a steady rise since 2000, ASHRAE has published ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015 for reducing the risk of bacterial growth in facilities’ water systems. Legionella, the cause of Legionnaires’ Disease (LD), an often deadly type of pneumonia (as well as Pontiac Fever), most often affects those… Read more »

Wildfire Smoke Environmental Health Bulletin

Brush and Forest Fires This is a difficult time for many in the Southwest United States as we witness the devastation and damage of  the raging wildfires. At Forensic Analytical Consulting Services (FACS), our passion is protecting the health of people, families, communities and the environment through assessment, education and prevention.  As such, we hope… Read more »