Despite the strictest cooling tower regulations in the country being established several years ago, businesses in NYC are still failing their cooling tower inspections. And, now with the new addition of the NYC DOHMH online cooling tower inspections even more buildings are struggling to remain compliant.
It does not take much to accrue cooling tower violations, as they typically pile on top of one another, even for just one infraction. For example, you may have completed the rigorous cleaning and testing schedule perfectly, but if there’s a flaw or no documentation at all of this cleaning, you’ll still receive a violation all the same.
Internal cooling tower compliance audits are the best way to protect your business from costly fines and remediation.
What is an Internal Cooling Tower Compliance Audit?
An internal cooling tower compliance audit is when a third party inspects your cooling tower with the same set of criteria that a NYC Cooling Tower Inspector would. The result is a comprehensive view of where your cooling tower plan, logs and other necessary documentations are likely to fail inspection so you can know before an actual NYC DOHMH inspector arrives.
No one in NYC emulates a NYC cooling tower like our compliance experts. If you decide your business would benefit from audits, make sure to check the company you hire has a Certified Water Technologist and hands-on experience with NYC’s ever changing cooling tower legislation. That’s the only way to ensure your audit is truly comprehensive.
Why is an Internal Cooling Tower Compliance Audit Important?
As mentioned, internal cooling tower compliance audits are the best way to protect your business from the burdensome cost of non-compliance.
The DOHMH takes cooling tower violations very seriously since legionella from cooling towers proved to be fatal – fines are big and, at times, remediation must occur immediately after a Legionella concern is noticed. But, the reason this is such a serious issue with the DOHMH is because legionella growth in cooling towers can be dangerous, especially for the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions.
Moreover, these specific cooling tower violations may be susceptible to being put into city record. Having public cooling tower violations will taint the building’s profile to potential business buyers of your building.
The bottom line is internal cooling tower compliance audits are important for your business and for public safety. They can help you avoid huge fines, but also help ensure the safety of those vulnerable to Legionnaire’s Disease.
NYC has the strictest cooling tower regulations in the country. Similarly, NYC also has the highest penalties for non-compliance.