222 The One Where Janet Stout Shares Key Industry Updates

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222 The One Where Janet Stout Shares Key Industry Updates

Listen to today's episode at scalinguph2o.com/222 or anywhere you get your podcasts to hear how Dr. Janet E. Stout is on a mission to end Legionnaires’ disease by using science and education to prevent future outbreaks.

Today is a special treat because today I have a friend and trusted colleague, Janet E. Stout PhD, president of Special Pathogens Laboratory and research associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

An infectious disease microbiologist, Dr. Stout is recognized worldwide for seminal discoveries and pioneering research in Legionella. Her expertise includes prevention and control strategies for Legionnaires’ disease in building water systems.

Dr. Stout’s more than thirty years of research is published in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals. She also has authored textbook chapters on Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease, including the Legionella chapter in the APIC Text.

An advocate for prevention, Dr. Stout assisted in developing the first Legionella prevention guideline (1993) in the United States, which continues to serve as a model for national and global health agencies and organizations. Additionally, she serves on the ASHRAE Legionella standard committee for Legionella Guideline 12 and the SPC 188 committee for ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015 Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems, the first U.S. standard for Legionella risk management.

She is the first instructor of the ASSE 12080 Legionella water Safety and Management Specialist Certification training, and TODAY she has agreed to come on the show and share some key updates that our entire industry should be aware of.

Bottom line: Dr. Janet E. Stout is on a mission to end Legionnaires’ disease by using science and education to prevent future outbreaks.

Your roadside friend, as you travel from client to client. 




James’ Challenge: “Perform condensate survey throughout a facility.”  [2:02]

Re-introducing my friend and trusted colleague, Legionella Expert, the accomplished Dr. Janet E. Stout [6:00]

Why join a peer to peer groups for business solutions and professional growth [13:30]

ASHRAE 188 updates  [18:40] 

Legislation regulation for Legionella updates [23:22]

12080 Certification [29:55]

CDC updates [31:20]

Understanding “Percent Positivity” [34:30]

The Joint Commission updates [36:37]

What does a CWT need to know? [40:20]

Staying on top of industry changes [43:15]

Standard 514 [45:05]

Talking to our clients about changes [47:00]

How to stay in the know about local and state changes? [50:33]

Lightning round questions [54:00]



“I’m on a mission to end Legionnaires’ disease.” - Dr. Janet E. Stout

“It frustrates me that someone has to die in order for changes to be made.” - Dr. Janet E. Stout

“Change is coming. Some through standards and guidance, and some by regulatory authorities and joint commission.” - Dr. Janet E. Stout

“We need to raise the bar so that everybody is at the same level of basic understanding of Legionella and Legionnaires disease water management.” - Dr. Janet E. Stout

“We advance because we say to ourselves ‘There are things we don’t know’ and we seek out the knowledge for those that do and thereby get better at our jobs.” - Dr. Janet E. Stout

“A water treatment professional needs to be an educator of their client.”  - Dr. Janet E. Stout


Connect with Janet Stout PhD:

Phone: 412.281.5335

Email: jstout@specialpathogenslab.com