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ASSE receives ANSI approval on Professional Qualifications Standard

WEStLAKE, ohIo — on March 3, 2011, the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) recognized the ASSE/IAPMo/ANSI Series 8000-2010, Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) replenishment Systems Professional Qualifications Standard, as an American National Standard. the Series 8000 was approved by the American Society of Sanitary Engineering’s Board of directors in december of 2010.

IBS hires senior associate totoWA, N.J. — Intelligent Building

the ASSE/IAPMo/ANSI Series 8000-2010, Self

Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) replenishment Systems Professional Qualifications Standard, contains the uniform minimum requirements for qualified installers, inspectors and verifiers of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) replenishment Systems. Working with America's fire service, ASSE developed the Series 8000 in order to ensure that these life safety systems are installed and tested to the highest standard known. Certifying those who install, inspect and verify Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus replenishment Systems is equally as important as training those who will use these systems.

Solutions LLC (IBS) has hired Nicholas Pisani, LEEd AP, IEEE as senior associate. the totowa, N.J.-based firm is a global leader in turn-key mission critical facility master planning, design, engineering, development and construction services.

Anvil International hires vice president for Anvil Engineered Pipe Supports

PortSMoUth, N.h. — Anvil International announced that Rick Laviolette has joined the company as vice president and general manager of Anvil Engineered Pipe Supports.

Letter to the Editor Legionnaires’ Disease

dear Mr. George:

In 2009, there were several residents in a nursing home in Vernon hills, Ill. that died from the Legionnaires’ disease. Also, there was an electrician working on a Chicago bus wash that succumbed to the disease. Moreover, in one of my recent emails, I viewed an arti-

cle in the Los Angeles Times concerning a subject out- break at the Playboy Mansion. I attempted to comment to the paper, stating that this occurrence shouldn’t be casual- ly ignored. My comment, however, wasn’t accepted. I then saw your “Code Classroom” in the March issue

of Plumbing Engineer, whereby you substantiate many of the things (and more) that I’ve tried to convey to the pop- ulace with no success. I’m an environmentalist and mechanical engineer,

retired from 30 years of government service. I previously tried to alert National Geographic and Popular Mechanics magazines to this danger, without any recogni- tion. My approach has been to revise the “energy conser- vation” recommendation of water heater settings, from 120 deg f to 140 deg f! I’ve stressed that the saving of lives offsets any small energy savings. Also, 120 deg f water is insufficient to clean bedding, underwear, diapers, and dishes (even with the boost of a heating element with- in an automatic dishwasher).

Plumbing Engineer

Silent Knight hosts free fire alarm technology and code seminars

Northford, CoNN.— Silent Knight by honeywell will host a series of free fire alarm technology and code sem- inars in major cities throughout the U.S. Intended to educate specifiers and designers of commercial life safety systems, the half-day seminars will qualify atten- dees for 0.4 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) or 4.5 CPds (Continuing Professional development) units. Guest speaker Wayne Moore, P.E., CfPS, SEt, fSfPE,

f.NSPE, principal with hughes Associates and member of the NfPA 72 technical Correlating Committee, will cover the major changes incorporated in the latest version of NfPA-72 National fire Alarm and Signaling Code. Silent Knight’s seminar registration is open online at

Your prior Code Committee Chair position could be

of great value. Pressure could be put on the plumbing industry to ignore this conservation and stipulate that water heaters be set no lower than 140 deg f. Also, 3/4" ball valves should replace those small plastic (or metal) drain valves, which get clogged and become totally use- less in draining any sediment out of the bottom of the heaters.

respectfully submitted, fred J. Wittenberg


Unfortunately, it seems like we may have to wait until someone famous dies from Legionnaires’ disease before it becomes fully understood in the media and in the public. The Playboy mansion incident has raised awareness to a degree, but for the wrong reasons. People were tripping over themselves trying to go and investigate that incident. I agree with your comments and I recently formed an organization and I am developing a website called The purpose of the website is to educate people about Legionnaires’ Disease and how it is incubated in hot or warm water systems, and how the bacteria can transferred to people. The website should be up and running soon.

Regards, Ron

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