Environmental Health and Safety Office

Special Statement Regarding Legionnaires’ Disease

As you may be aware from various news reports, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) is currently investigating cases of Legionnaires’ disease emanating from cooling towers in certain buildings in the South Bronx. As a result, Queensborough Community College has taken proactive steps to inspect, test and disinfect all cooling towers on campus in accordance with the guidelines issued by the State Department of Health. These precautions are in addition to the regular maintenance inspections, testing and treatment that the College conducts on a quarterly basis.

Some important facts noted by the Governor’s office about Legionnaires’ disease and this outbreak:

  • Drinking water supply and other water features, like fountains and pools, are safe throughout New York City and unaffected by Legionella. 
  • Water tanks are completely separate from cooling towers and unaffected by Legionella.
  • Legionnaires’ disease is not new, nor is it contagious.
  • Most healthy individuals do not become infected with Legionella bacteria after exposure.
  • A person diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease is not a threat to others who share office space or other areas of close contact. 

Queensborough Community College will continue to monitor this situation and will notify you of any further developments. Meanwhile, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. You can also visit the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website for more information by clicking here.

The Environmental Health and Safety Office is committed to establishing and maintaining a healthful and safe work environment through the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of environmental, health and safety hazards in the areas of industrial hygiene, regulatory compliance, laboratory and chemical safety, and hazardous waste management.

In keeping with the goals of excellence in customer service, the EHS Office continually strives to achieve this by responding quickly and effectively to any health, safety and environmental concerns of students, faculty and staff, posting notices online of information that may impact the College community and maintaining a visible presence in all areas of the College campus.

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