ANN ARBOR, Mich. — NSF International has launched a new Building Water Systems Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) training program for water systems professionals, according to a press release.

The training will help safeguard against microbial, chemical and physical hazards associated with premise plumbing, cooking towers and other water systems in buildings, the release reported.

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Every year, tens of thousands of preventable injuries and deaths are caused by exposure to microbial, chemical and physical hazards from building water systems, noted the release, as potentially pathogenic microorganisms enter plumbing systems despite stringent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.

According to the release, training courses will be held in multiple cities across the U.S. for facility managers, water treatment, distribution and plumbing engineers and occupational safety professionals.

“The application of HACCP to building water safety is invaluable for protecting the overall health, safety and well-being of the public. Such programs have proven effective for controlling the growth and dispersal of harmful pathogens and this training program will equip water systems professionals with the knowledge they need to apply these principles to their own building water systems,” said Clif McLellan, vice president of NSF International’s Water Division.