Source: https://www.greatamericaninsurancegroup.com, Environmental Insider, January 2019
By: Russ Nassof, Esq., RiskNomics LLC
Both the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) shared new requirements for water management programs (WMPs) as a preventive response to the rising issue of Legionnaires’ disease, a serious lung infection caused by the bacterium Legionella. It is imperative to properly protect against this exposure, yet the development and implementation of effective water management programs that meet these requirements can be time consuming and extremely costly. In response, Great American Insurance Group’s Environmental Division and RiskNomics have teamed up to produce a value added water management program for general contractors in order to generate a prompt response in compliance with both the CMS and ASHRAE requirements. This offering provides a time-saving and cost effective solution for insureds subject to these type of standards.
Risk for litigation arising from water damage and mold in buildings has dramatically affected the construction industry in recent years. For this reason, any firms involved in construction – but particularly general contractors and developers – must proactively work to prevent water intrusions, either during or subsequent to construction, that could lead to microbial growth in a structure. Opportunities to prevent water intrusion occur at all phases of construction: design, pre-installation, installation, and maintenance or warranty. In addition to prevention, construction firms must also respond immediately and appropriately, when a significant water intrusion event occurs in a building during critical phases of construction or during renovation.
General contractors and developers can ultimately minimize their risk of water intrusion and possible resulting in mold damage claims by establishing a Water Intrusion Management (WIM) Program. This Water Intrusion Management Plan is integral to the WIM Program and is intended to help construction industry firms: