• SPL's Interactive Workshop for Healthcare Promotes Collaboration

    April 29, 2019

    Special Pathogens Laboratory to Host Conference Designed to Promote Shared Knowledge and Foster Communication Among Water Management Teams

    Pittsburgh, Pa. (April 29 2019) —Special Pathogens Laboratory will host Puzzled by Legionella and Waterborne  Pathogens? A Solutions Workshop for Healthcare at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City, Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

    Managing risk from Legionella and waterborne pathogens requires effective team communication. Compliance with regulations can be challenging when water management teams comprise members across an organization with different responsibilities and priorities.

    This workshop promotes an environment that fosters mutual understanding of the risk for Legionella in building water systems and provides evidence-based solutions.

    Lectures and hands-on learning stations lay the foundation for continued multidisciplinary collaboration. Participates will share a first-hand look through the microscope at Legionella and other waterborne pathogens; learn about plumbing materials and corrosion; see how a model cooling tower operates; and understand controlling risk in ice machines.

“The demand for this workshop grew out of the need for mutual understanding and effective communication across the organization,” says Dr. Janet Stout, president of Special Pathogens Laboratory. “We’re excited to offer this unique educational experience because it takes a team to prevent Legionnaires’ disease.”

    Designed for healthcare and long-term care administrators, risk managers, infection prevention professionals, facilities managers and engineers, conference highlights include:

    • Speakers from microbiology, engineering, infection prevention, and public health
    • Regulatory and compliance requirements from local and state New York health officials
    • Developing ASHRAE water management plans 
    • Ins and outs of CMS inspections
    • Four Nursing CEUs  

    Bring a colleague from your organization for free! See details on registration page

  • Puzzled by Legionella and Waterborne Pathogens?

    June 26, 2018

  • Webinar: ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015 Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems by Dr. Janet Stout

    February 16, 2016

    When: Wednesday, Feb 17, 1-2 EST

    Description: In response to current events in Flint, MI, this live webcast will feature Special Pathogens Laboratory owner, Janet E. Stout, PhD, who will describe the context of Legionnaires' disease and the new national guidelines for water systems. The ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015 Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems is intended to provide guidelines for those involved in the creation and maintenance of human-occupied facilities, including but not limited to healthcare facilities. 

    This learning opportunity will provide information for communities and health professionals addressing outbreak situations and for those interested in Legionella prevention strategies. 

    Speaker: Janet Stout, PhD, President/Director of Special Pathogens Laboratory and Research Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering

    Who Should View This Webcast: Public health professionals including nurses and health educators, healthcare and other facility managers, and anyone interested in learning more about Legionnaires’ disease and its prevention.


    • Identify basic elements of Legionnaires’ disease (CHES Area of Responsibility 1.4.3)
    • Recognize approaches for Legionella detection and control (7.1.1, 7.1.3, 7.5.2)

    Continuing Education Credit

    • 1.0 Nursing Contact Hours
    • 1.0 CHES Category I CECH
    • Certificate of Completion

    The Office of Public Health Practice at the University of Michigan School of Public Health is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

    The Office of Public Health Practice at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, MI0094, is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. through December 31, 2016.

    Requirements for Successful Completion

    • Register for this training
    • Sign into the training within 10 minutes of start time and view the training
    • Complete the evaluation

    This webcast is provided by the Michigan Public Health Training Center and the Genesee County Health Department (Flint, MI). The Michigan PHTC is a part of the Region V Great Lakes Public Health Training Collaborative.

    This webcast is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP27881 Region V Public Health Training Collaborative (total award amount $884,366). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

  • Dr. Janet Stout to Speak at Cooling Technology Institute

    January 28, 2015

    Can Total Bacteria Measurement Be Used To Predict Legionella Presence?
    Microbiological growth in cooling water systems presents several challenges for water treatment providers. Culture methods such as heterotrophic plate count (HPC) and “dipslides” provide valuable information related to general microbiological water quality but require several days to produce results. Alternative methods using adenosine triphosphate (ATP) measurement provide faster results and have been applied when rapid water quality assessment is necessary. Our evaluation reviewed potential applications for ATP analysis in cooling water systems. We also assessed whether total bacteria measurement using culture methods or ATP analysis can predict the Legionella presence/absence using both experimental data and data collected from field observations.

    Dr. Stout will present study results on Monday, February 9 at 11 a.m. at CTI in Nashville.

  • Free Legionella Webinar by Dr. Janet Stout, January 22, Sponsored by AWT

    December 09, 2014

    Legionella Testing: Dispelling Myths and Misinformation

    11:00 am ET on Thursday, January 22, 2015

    Join the Association for Water Technologies for a free webinar with Janet E. Stout, PhD, president and director of Special Pathogens Laboratory.

    The glut of misinformation about Legionella detection continues to create unnecessary confusion. From sample collection to interpretation water treatment professionals are often asked to address well-worn myths, especially when there is a case. Some professionals may even dread testing for fear of finding a positive result. However, you can protect yourself and your clients by knowing the facts about Legionella.

    1) New research in sample collection, transport and interpretation (including flush / no flush and sample volume);
    2) How to use Legionella testing in water safety plans;
    3) What testing does and doesn’t tell you about the efficacy of your water treatment program;
    4) Legionella basics: separating myth from fact; and
    5) What to tell clients when there is a positive result.

    The webinar is open to AWT members and nonmembers. 

  • NFMT 2014: Learn the Fundamentals for Legionella Water Safety, Visit SPL at booth 2546

    February 10, 2014

    Do you know who is at risk for Legionnaires' disease in your facility? Can you identify key personnell respsonsible for water safety in your building? Do you know what parts of a water system could lead to Legionella exposure? Discover the answers to these questions and more by attending Fundamentals of Legionella Water Safety, on Thursday, March 6 at 10 a.m. in Rm 318 (Session Number: R2.18  Track:Maintenance and Operations).

    In this session, VP of SPL Consulting Services Frank Sidari will explore the benefits of taking a proactive approach to minimize the risk of Legionella in utility and building water distribution systems. He will share simple, fundamental principles to assist  you in reducing facility liability associated with Legionella and demonstrate excellence in building operation. These include: 1) Understanding risk in your building, 2) Applying effective water treatment when needed, and 3) Completing validation of effectiveness by periodic monitoring of your system and Legionella.   

    A registered professional engineer, board certified environmental engineer and certified construction document technologist, Frank provides engineering consultation on water systems impacted by Legionella. He has significant experience in all phases of water engineering projects from development through operation. His project work has focused on distribution systems, pumping, storage, treatment, and disinfection.

 Early in his career, Frank evaluated the efficacy of chlorine dioxide and published the first field evaluation of chlorine dioxide disinfection of a hospital campus water system to control Legionella in the Journal of the American Water Works Association.

    Visit Special Pathogens Laboratory at booth 2546, to talk with Frank and Dr. Janet Stout to learn more about preventing Legionella in building water systems.