Illinois plumbing contractor placed on OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program

August 29th, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Illinois plumbing contractor placed on OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program)
More OSHA news from Dave Dertz:

OSHA Fines Contractor nearly $1.5 Million over Trench Collapse that Killed Two

August 29th, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on OSHA Fines Contractor nearly $1.5 Million over Trench Collapse that Killed Two)
There seems to be a rash of trench violations and deaths!

I’ve been using these all wrong!

August 22nd, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on I’ve been using these all wrong!)

ASSE 2017 Annual Meeting Presentations Announced

August 22nd, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on ASSE 2017 Annual Meeting Presentations Announced)
For the past 70 years, ASSE's E.J. Zimmer Technical Seminar has proved to be an educational, progressive endeavor.
This year's Technical Seminar, held Thursday, Nov. 9 and Friday, Nov. 10 at the 2017 ASSE International Annual Meeting in San Antonio, will feature three presentations on the topics of infection prevention, water treatment, and backflow prevention.Let's learn something new together.
Since 1947, the E.J. Zimmer Technical Seminar has enabled attendees to explore and learn about various segments of the plumbing, mechanical, and water quality industries. Those who attend have the opportunity to learn and gain perspective directly from respected and experienced experts. Presentations range from in-depth case studies, to technical explanations of new technologies, to updates on codes, standards, and legislation. While presentations range in format, time and subject, what remains consistent is the fact that everybody leaves the seminar having learned something new.
Admittance to the E.J. Zimmer Techncial Seminar is included with all registration categories for the 2017 ASSE International Annual Meeting. For those only attending the Technical Seminar, a $50 E.J. Zimmer Technical Seminar Admission Pass is available.
Visit to learn more about how the Annual Meeting and Technical Seminar can be an investment in both your professional career and personal life. Register, view the schedule, book your room, and become a sponsor of the 2017 ASSE International Annual Meeting today!
2017 Presentations
Molly Scanlon
Molly M. Scanlon, PhD, FAIA, FACHA
The Power of Infection Prevention During Construction: Leveraging your credentials to gain clients
About the presentation: 
Although professional qualifications and certification are emphasized for health and safety during construction and facility maintenance, does it really matter to the client? In this session, Dr. Scanlon will discuss three case studies involving complex construction matters - What went right and what went wrong? Why would have certified infection prevention construction professionals mattered? She will speak to leveraging your certification credentials to the market place to gain a competitive advantage. Additionally, Dr. Scanlon will discuss the recent directive from Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning Legionella Prevention, emphasizing water management programs and their impact on design and construction industry professionals. Dr. Scanlon is an environmental health scientist, as well as a licensed and certified healthcare architect with 25+ years of expertise in healthcare construction.
About Molly M. Scanlon: Molly M. Scanlon, PhD, FAIA, FACHA is an Environmental and Occupational Health Research Scientist, as well as a licensed and certified Healthcare Architect at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona. She has 25+ years of planning and design experience for healthcare settings to create environments benefiting the health, safety, and welfare of patients, nurses, physicians, and staff. Dr. Scanlon's research involves examining the built and natural environments impact on human health with an emphasis in health care settings. She recently contributed as a content writer for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC)'s Legionellosis Prevention and Response Online Training Grant. Additionally, Dr. Scanlon is participating on research teams focusing on reducing hospital-associated infections through analysis of occupational stress risk factors for healthcare personnel.
Bruce Rathburn
Bruce Rathburn
Containment vs. Isolation Programs
About the presentation:
It is the state guidance of Texas to follow an isolation process for backflow prevention, and only add containment if necessary. Yet many water companies put in containment only and let the city plumbing side of the house deal with the isolation. In this presentation, we will show the ins and the outs of running a backflow program monitored by the state and what it takes to meet all of the criteria. The presentation will show how to develop a relationship with the state and the local plumbing authority, and to all other trades that this encompasses.
About Bruce Rathburn: Bruce Rathburn retired from San Antonio Water System in June of 2017 after 28 years of service. Rathburn supervised the backflow prevention section for 18 years. During this time, he served as a director and international president of the American Backflow Prevention Association, an organization dedicated to the preservation of safe drinking water. Rathburn has received the Meritorious Service Award from ABPA, which is the highest honor they bestow to an individual. In the state of Texas, he is a licensed water operator, a backflow trainer, proctor, and tester, and licensed to conduct water use surveys and perform customer service inspections. He is a member of the Cross-Connection Control Workgroup for the state of Texas, which provides regulatory support to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Since retirement, Rathburn has started a company - American Backflow H2o, which provides consulting, training, and testing, and is dedicated to preserving our most precious resource, water.
Tom Palkon
Thomas Palkon
ASSE Expands Product Certification to Include Water Treatment Equipment
About the presentation: 
ASSE International has been the industry leading standards development organization and product certification body for more than 50 years. Consumer demands for improved drinking water and a deteriorating water supply infrastructure have expanded the use of commercial, residential, and food service water treatment equipment. In response, ASSE International is expanding its standards development and product certification scope to include water treatment equipment. As the water treatment industry grows, new standards need to be developed, plumbing codes need to be updated, and products need to be certified to verify safety and performance. Palkon's presentation will focus on existing standards used in the water treatment industry, gaps that ASSE standards plan to fill, and how the ASSE Listing (Seal) program is expanding to cover these new product categories.
About Thomas Palkon: Thomas Palkon, executive director of ASSE International, is responsible for ensuring that all ASSE International activities are carried out per the ASSE International Board of Director's vision, mission, and philosophy. Palkon has been part of The IAPMO Group since January 2015. As IAPMO R&T senior vice president of Water Systems, Palkon is responsible for IAPMO R&T product certification of water treatment equipment. His technical expertise, laboratory experience, and product certification knowledge in the water treatment industry has allowed IAPMO R&T to expand and rapidly grow its product certification services for water treatment equipment. Prior to working for The IAPMO Group, Palkon worked for the Water Quality Association from 1997 to 2014.
Quick Links
2017 Annual Meeting Website  |  ASSE International Website

Illinois Cross-Connection Control Program Summary

August 16th, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Illinois Cross-Connection Control Program Summary)
Please see the attached Illinois Cross-Connection Control Program Summary --> cross-connection-program-summary All the details & contact information for the program!

Summer 2017 from Gary

August 9th, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Summer 2017 from Gary)
Click HERE for this issue of WATERMARK, the Alumni Magazine for the Center for Homeland Defense and Security.