ASSE International Calls for Scald Awareness Task Group Members

The ASSE International Scald Awareness Task Group, who reforms to develop a white paper that includes procedures for replacing residential water heaters to reduce the danger of scalding, is now accepting applications.

This white paper will follow four previous publications: “Guidelines for Temperature Control Devices in Domestic Hot Water Systems;” “Adjustment of Automatic Compensating Valves to Prevent Potential Scald Hazards;” “Understanding Potential Water Heater Scald Hazards;” and “Scald Hazards Associated with Low-Flow Showerheads."

“Often times, water heaters are replaced by contractors or plumbers who make no attempt to reduce, or remedy, potential scald-causing conditions,” said Scald Awareness Task Group Chairperson Richard J. Prospal. “The goal of this new task group will be to discuss how contractors can be equipped to protect against scald hazards, and provide a set of guidelines for replacing residential water heaters to reduce potential scald hazards.”

The new group will discuss scald protection and water heaters.

Through discussing topics and questions, the Scald Awareness Task group will develop a white paper containing recommended procedures for replacing residential water heaters to reduce potential scalding.

All committee work for this paper will be conducted via conference call — no face-to-face meetings are anticipated. The first conference call will be held at the end of June or early July.

Working group applications can be downloaded online no later than June 16.

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