Chicago, IL (PRWEB) August 16, 2007
Bureau Veritas, North America's premier HSE consulting and laboratory firm, has recently partnered with EBSol, a leading Legionella and waterborne pathogen consulting firm, and Special Pathogens Laboratory, a nationally-recognized microbiology laboratory that specializes in the detection of waterborne pathogens, to form the "Legionella Risk Assessment and Outbreak Response Team".
The Legionella Risk Assessment and Outbreak Response Team will work with organizations to address the complex and expensive issues that surround Legionnaires' disease and the presence of waterborne pathogens in cooling towers and potable water distribution systems. The combination of technical experts, nationwide field consultants, and a laboratory that specializes in the detection of Legionella, Pseudomonas, and Mycobacteria provides a fully integrated approach to solving the problems surrounding this increasingly visible human health concern.
Gunner Lyslo, President of EBSol noted, "While our focus has been on providing Evidence Based Solutions for health care organizations, we are beginning to witness an increasing number of commercial building owners and managers that are coming to grips with the risks that waterborne pathogens present to their workforce and the general public visiting their buildings. This new Legionella Team provides a turn key package that allows organizations to effectively manage their waterborne issues, not only cost-effectively but responsibly".
"This partnership allows Bureau Veritas to leverage our core competencies, while offering the national building and facilities market a very specific range of comprehensive Legionella and waterborne pathogen consulting and laboratory services," said Rick Aspray, Vice President of Bureau Veritas. "EBSol and Special Pathogens Laboratory have a well-established global reputation for excellence, and we are proud to be affiliated with them."
About Legionella . . .
Legionnaires' disease results from exposure to building water systems containing Legionella -- a condition reportedly present in 70% of all large buildings. Furthermore, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 25,000 cases of Legionnaires' disease occur every year in the United States. A recent increase in reported cases of Legionnaires' disease prompted the New York City Health Department to issue a health advisory for physicians in the Bronx.
Services of the Alliance
The Team assists companies with every aspect of Legionella and waterborne pathogens risk management programs, including:
- Risk assessments
- Development of proactive and cost-effective programs that address the risk of potential employee, patron, or patient infections
- Legionella outbreak response, identification and correction of the source of the pathogen
- Media relations
The Team is unique in that the recommendations it provides are evidence-based and practical, subject to the rigors of the scientific process yet applicable in real world environments.
About Bureau Veritas
Bureau Veritas is a leading global provider of Quality Assurance, Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) services.
Bureau Veritas' HSE Division in North America was founded by the merger of two industry leaders: Clayton Group Services and NATLSCO Risk & Safety Services. With more than 50 years of experience providing global organizations with cutting edge programs, their geographic coverage and professional staff can support the HSE needs of any size company. They have more than 20 offices and 3 accredited laboratories located throughout the United States and strategic locations across the globe. As the leader in the HSE industry, their reputation is based on one major element: the quality of their consultants.
Their credentialed staff have extensive professional experience and provide practical solutions to the complex HSE issues that companies face. Their core services include:
- Industrial Hygiene
- Asbestos and Lead
- Indoor Environmental Quality, Mold & Legionella
- HSE Performance & Management Systems
- HSE Laboratory Services
- Environmental Site Assessments and Remediation
EBSol provides industry leaders objective, specific, cost-effective recommendations on the complex and expensive issues that surround Legionnaires' Disease. EBSol is unique in that every recommendation is provided by physicians and microbiologists led by its senior board of advisors Victor Yu, M.D and Janet Stout, PhD, both internationally recognized leaders in the study of Legionella and other waterborne pathogens. http://www.ebsol.info
About Special Pathogens Laboratory
Special Pathogens Laboratory is a nationally-recognized analytical microbiology laboratory that specializes in the detection of waterborne pathogens such as Legionella, Pseudomonas, Mycobacteria and fungi. These microorganisms are responsible for serious infections, including millions of hospital-acquired infections annually.
The founders of this laboratory, Dr. Victor Yu and Dr. Janet Stout, are internationally recognized for academic excellence and are experts in the field of infectious disease microbiology and medicine. They have formulated an approach to the prevention of health care-acquired disease caused by waterborne pathogens that integrates detection, interpretation and control into a cohesive strategy for the water treatment and health care markets.
Contact info and phone number & web site
Bureau Veritas North America, Inc., Health, Safety and Environmental division is headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and has over 20 locations and three accredited laboratories in North America. For more information about Bureau Veritas, visit its website at http://www.us.bureauveritas.com or http://www.bureauveritasevents.com Contact them at (630) 795-3224. 11860 West State Road 84, Suite 1 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33325