COVID-19 Industry Resources

IAPMO is committed to safety; as we protect the health of the nation through plumbing, we also act to protect our members and employees. This website contains links to important documents directly supporting the plumbing and mechanical industry.

On March 19, President Trump and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a Coronavirus Guidance for America identifying plumbers and other tradespeople as “essential critical infrastructure workers” as our nation responds to the threat of COVID-19.

“Our industry has known for many decades that its contribution to society is essential to global health,” said IAPMO CEO GP Russ Chaney. “This new guidance, to state and local officials from the White House, validates that our industry is vital to the United States. Our highly skilled plumbers have been deemed essential to the nation’s ability to function and recognized as people on whom we can all depend in normal times or a global crisis.”


QUICKLINKS: Federal Resources | State Resources | Technical Resources | Industry Letters


 

Federal Resources

  • CDC
    Guidance for Building Water Systems

    Ensure the safety of your building water system and devices after a prolonged shutdown. Stagnant, or standing water can cause conditions that increase the risk for growth and spread of Legionella and other biofilm-associated bacteria.

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  • CDC Guidance for Workplaces During the Pandemic

    The purpose of this tool is to assist employers in making (re)opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially to protect vulnerable workers. It is important to check with state and local health officials and other partners to determine the most appropriate actions while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community.

    Download Decision Tree

  • OSHA
    OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so.

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  • WASH
    WASH in Health Care Facilities

    WHO, with UNICEF and International Federation of the Red Cross, recommends Member States provide access to hand hygiene in public places to stop the spread of COVID-19. Hand hygiene is extremely important to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It also interrupts transmission of other viruses and bacteria causing common colds, flu and pneumonia, thus reducing the general burden of disease.

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  • Fed
    Federal Government Response: Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19

    In a DHS memorandum issued by Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) Director Christopher C. Krebs, CISA announced development of an initial list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers “to help state and local officials as they work to protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.”

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State Resources

  • State
    State Legislative Map – COVID-19 Response

    The GovPredict team has created a state legislative map to help categorize and visualize the 50 states' responses. You can see which states are introducing relief bills and the topics that these bills address, and quickly access the bills.

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  • NYC
    COVID-19 Interim Guidance on NYC Cooling Tower Regulations

    For building owners, building management, cooling tower industry, and water treatment operators and consultants during the COVID-19 pandemic – under NYS Executive Order 202.6, service providers for cooling tower systems that support “Essential Infrastructure” are EXEMPT from work staffing reduction requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Technical Resources

  • IAPMO
    IAPMO Group Standards and Codes Related to COVID-19 Mitigation

    IAPMO and ASSE standards and codes support the services essential to responding to COVID-19 and include performance and installation requirements for plumbing and mechanical systems. IAPMO has made these documents freely available to enhance the public understanding of how the proper functioning of plumbing and mechanical systems protects health.

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  • New Guide Addresses Stagnant Water in Buildings with Low Occupancy

    At a time when many buildings are not fully occupied due to COVID-19, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) have developed a guide to help building managers address water system stagnation. Stagnation within building water systems is a concern in periods of low or no occupancy. When water does not move through the system, water quality issues may arise at an outlet, a group of outlets or throughout an entire building water system, causing potential health risks.

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  • Water, sanitation, hygiene, and waste management for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19

    This interim guidance supplements the infection prevention and control (IPC) documents by summarizing WHO guidance on water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH) and waste management relevant to viruses, including coronaviruses.

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  • PURDUE University Center for Plumbing Safety

    This website is designed to provide information to persons who drink water in buildings, as well as building construction, plumbing, water utility, education, and public health sectors. Together, we are working to understand how to make certain the water you use at home, at work, and at schools is safe.

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  • ASHRAE
    ASHRAE Position Document on Airborne Infectious Diseases

    Infectious diseases spread by several different routes.Tuberculosis and in some cases influenza, the common cold, and other diseases spread by the airborne route. The spread can be accelerated or controlled by heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, for which ASHRAE is the global leader and foremost source of technical and educational information.

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  • UA
    Guidelines to Protect Workers Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Other Potential Infectious Materials (OPIM) in Plumbing and HVAC Systems

    The disease is spread by close person-to-person contact. It usually occurs from a cough, sneeze, or when someone exhales. This releases infected droplets that can get into another’s mouth, nose, or lungs. Courtesy of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, Canada with input from ASSE International and Scott Hamilton.

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  • IAPMO
    Tips and Recommendations for the Safe and Efficient Flushing of Plumbing Systems in Buildings

    As places of business and assembly that have been shut down for many weeks begin to reopen, one of the first things that facility managers, building superintendents, maintenance crews, and business owners should attend to is the safety of building water systems. All water systems in buildings that have been vacant or sparsely utilized for weeks or months must, at a minimum, be flushed prior to being put back into service such that the stagnant water is safely discharged into the building sanitary system and replaced with fresh utility water. The following tips and recommendations will help with conducting the flushing process in a safe and efficient manner.

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  • IAPMO Webinar
    FREE COVID-19 Webinar Series

    This free series of webinars is being presented to provide useful, practical information in an effort assist in the safe reopening of buildings as COVID-19 “stay-at-home” restrictions are eased. The series is designed to provide jurisdictions, health departments, building owners and managers, and contractors with detailed information and guidance on reopening the various building types.

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  • FREE WEBINAR: After COVID-19: How Jurisdictions Can Safely Reopen Buildings In Their Communities

    Presenters:
       • Dr. Janet Stout, Special Pathogens Laboratory President and CEO
       • Thomas Bigley, Chairman of the World Plumbing Council/UA Director of Plumbing Services
       • Dain Hansen, Executive Vice President of Government Relations at The IAPMO Group
    Description: This webinar is designed to advise jurisdictions, health departments, building owners and managers, as well as contractors on how to begin to safely open buildings that have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Industry-leading panelists from the plumbing and health industries will discuss the risks of bringing plumbing systems back online due to the altered use over the last few months of the pandemic and the general actions that can be taken to mitigate those. The presentation will also provide an update on government efforts and resources to support the industry and businesses during this time. In addition, the panel will provide recommendations that can be followed to ensure successful and safe openings of these buildings and what conditions warrant the services of a qualified professional.

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  • FREE WEBINAR: After COVID-19: Reopening Health-care Facilities

    Presenters:
       • Steve Hart, Northwest Washington IAPMO Chapter Chairman 
       • Jed Scheuermann, Vice President of Field Services at The IAPMO Group 
       • Scott Hamilton, Senior Director at ASSE International
    Description: This webinar presents best practices and practical procedures that should be followed to open buildings such as hospitals, nursing homes, dental offices, general doctor offices, and other similar facilities that have been closed or seen a significant reduction in use during the COVID-19 pandemic. A panel of industry experts will identify the specific plumbing systems and considerations unique to health-care facilities that should be evaluated and the available options for mitigating infection risks as the building reopens. The panel will also discuss the need for developing a water management plan, which qualified professionals may assist, and the role of plumbing codes and other important industry standards as they relate to reducing the risk of transmission of pathogens in health-care facilities.

    Watch Online


  • FREE WEBINAR: After COVID-19: Reopening Food and Beverage Producing and Servicing Establishments

    Presenters:
       • Scott Hamilton, Senior Director at ASSE International 
       • Laura Ceja, UA Education and Training Specialist
       • Rich Benkowski, UA Education and Training Specialist
       • Randy Lorge, Director of Workforce Training and Development at The IAPMO Group
    Description: This webinar provides insight regarding the steps and considerations to safely open buildings such as restaurants, cafeterias, bars, breweries, and other similar facilities that have been closed during mandated shutdowns. These establishments have systems and concerns that are unique and require specialized considerations. Industry experts will identify these unique systems and areas of concern within the building’s plumbing infrastructure that should be evaluated and the options available to assist in safely beginning the reopening process. The panel will also discuss what jurisdictions and building owners can do compared to which mitigation efforts competent professionals must undertake. The development of water management plans and important, relevant industry standards will also be discussed.

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  • FREE WEBINAR: After COVID-19: Reopening General Buildings

    Presenters:
       • Scott Hamilton, Senior Director at ASSE International 
       • Dave Lillback, Lead Plumbing Instructor UA Local 15
       • Laura Ceja, UA Education and Training Specialist
    Description: This webinar presents best practices and practical procedures that should be followed to open buildings such as offices, churches, schools, retail establishments, and other facilities that have been closed for a significant period due to the pandemic. Industry experts will identify specific parts of the building’s plumbing infrastructure that should be evaluated and the options available to assist in safely beginning the reopening process. The panel will also discuss the need for developing a water management plan, which qualified professionals may assist, and the role of plumbing codes as they relate to public safety now and into the future.

    Watch Online


  • FREE WEBINAR: After COVID-19: Plumbing and Gas Considerations for Food and Beverage Establishments

    Presenters:
       • Stephen Garcia, Technical Advisor - Commercial and Industrial at SoCalGas 
       • Will Morris, Food Service Program Advisor @ SoCalGas 
       • Randy Lorge, Director of Workforce Training and Development at The IAPMO Group
    Description: This webinar is being offered in partnership with SoCalGas to provide a more in-depth discussion of the considerations needed to be made when reopening food and beverage establishments after a prolonged closure or greatly reduced use. In addition to the information provide in the first webinar, this presentation will further discuss some of the water and drainage needs, but will also focus highly on the gas considerations needed for reopening these types of buildings. Individual appliances and equipment commonly found in restaurants, bars, and cafeterias, will be a main focus for discussion.

    Watch Online

  • Legionella Risk Management
    COVID-19 and Legionella – Preparations to consider for Municipal and Building Potable Water Systems

    This white paper gives an in-depth overview of the issues associated with idle building water system as a result of COVID-19. This paper gives more specific direction to those involved in post COVID-19 idle building water system restarting and how to minimize the impact.

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  • Stagnation
    Considerations for Large Building Water Quality After Extended Stagnation

    Starting in late 2019, the global onset of novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 disease (COVID-19) prompted “stay-at-home” advisories and orders in the U.S. These government actions addressed closing non-essential businesses and other organizations (e.g., education, event, worship, recreation, office, and retail buildings). With more than 5.6 million commercial buildings in the U.S., the shutdowns significantly altered drinking water demand patterns at both the water distribution and building system levels.

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  • Bathrooms
    Caution Recommended When Using Public Bathrooms

    A recent study from China has indicated that COVID-19 has been found in the feces of some infected people. The study involved 73 patients that were hospitalized for COVID-19 in early February and had their feces tested for the presence of the 2019-nCoV virus. Feces from 39 of the patients tested positive for the virus even after swabs from the nose and throat of those patients tested negative. The results raise concerns that the virus can also be spread through the digestive tract.

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  • Disinfect
    COVID-19: Best Practices On Deep Cleaning And Disinfecting During A Facility Closure

    s many facilities across the country are shutting down to contain the potential spread of COVID-19 or as a result of community spread outbreak, some may be thinking about or have started the deep cleaning process. Here are some tips and best practices on deep cleaning and disinfecting a facility during a closure.

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  • Plumbers
    Understanding Coronavirus Exposure for Plumbing Professionals

    In 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) started monitoring the outbreak of a new coronavirus, which ultimately was named COVID-19. The virus was first identified in Wuhan, China. This paper is intended to provide practical guidance for plumbing professionals who work on sanitary waste and sewer systems on how to protect themselves, their loved ones and their coworkers during the current pandemic.

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  • Coronavirus
    Coronavirus in Plumbing Systems: How did the outbreak Occur in Hong Kong and is there a risk in North America?

    In 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) started monitoring the outbreak of a new coronavirus, which ultimately was named COVID-19. The virus was first identified in Wuhan, China. This paper is intended to provide practical guidance for plumbing professionals who work on sanitary waste and sewer systems on how to protect themselves, their loved ones and their coworkers during the current pandemic.

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Industry Letters

  • Congress
    IAPMO Implores Congressional Leaders to Support Associations and Professional Trade Organizations in Future COVID-19 Relief Legislation

    Continuing its stalwart advocacy on Capitol Hill on behalf of workers and businesses in the water/wastewater/plumbing industry and the health and safety of the millions of Americans they protect, IAPMO has again written to leaders in both houses of Congress with a list of recommendations a future stimulus bill should include.

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  • Letter
    IAPMO's Letter to Congress

    As America confronts COVID-19, it is critical that any fiscal and economic response to help businesses survive the crisis match the scale and intensity of the steps being taken to end the pandemic. Efforts to slow the spread of the disease are unprecedented, as is the speed and severity of the economic collapse they have precipitated.

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  • Governors
    IAPMO Letter to Nation’s Governors Association

    As a trade association, we believe it vital to offer our support and assistance during this time of national crisis with the novel coronavirus (or COVID-19). The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has listed plumbers and water/wastewater sectors as part of the nation’s critical infrastructure.

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