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Still threatened by legionnaires' disease

August 3rd, 2017

In recent weeks, the people of the Quebec province are again concerned about a potential outbreak that threatens the province. Le Journal de Montréal took stock 5 years after the Quebec outbreak, which claimed the lives of 14 people and 167 sick people, and discovered that there is still much work to be done. Our Vice-President Application & Technologies, Mr. Jacques Murray, was questionned on the subject and, according to him, one of the problems with the current regulation is that it is just...

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Legionellosis: "We're not 100% safe"

December 19th, 2016

In an interview with the newspaper 'Le Soleil', our Vice-President Innovation and Sustainable Development, Jean-Jacques Drieux mentioned that the regulation of the Quebec Building Authority, imposed on cooling tower owners, is too permissive.According to Mr. Drieux, there are many gaps in the field: the people responsible for the maintenance of their cooling towers are not adequately trained.It is for this reason that Magnus has decided to collaborate with the 'Ordre des Chimistes de Québec'...

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Risks in cooling towers - Radio-Canada

June 3rd, 2015

On May 28, our technical director of the water management group, Pierre Hiernaux, PhD, was interviewed on the radio channel of Radio-Canada in Quebec City. He answered several questions about the presence of legionella in cooling towers. Here's a summary of his interview: Q: Is it possible to completely eliminate legionella? No it is not possible to completely eliminate the presence of legionella as it happens in all cooling systems through drinking water or river water. Since the equipment...

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Cooling towers : companies are following regulations

May 10th, 2013

Our expert, Mr. Jacques Murray was interviewed by Radio-Canada to discuss the new regulations due to come into force on Sunday, which will require cooling tower owners to declare their installation to the Building Authority (RBQ), to keep a register of their interventions in connection with the tower, and in addition setting up a maintenance program. According to Mr. Murray, the regulation of the Building Authority should be more severe. It should set, for example, a risk threshold. Currently,...

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Legionellosis: cooling tower maintenance will be subjected to regulations

January 17th, 2013

La Presse consulted Mr. Jacques Murray about the new regulation which was published in the Gazette Officielle. Murray believes that the regulation of the Quebec Government is a "good basic framework" for building owners who possess cooling towers. Murray acknowledges having participated in advisory committee meetings, in which various experts have spoken about the content of this new regulation. Despite his participation in this committee, Mr. Murray believes that the regulation should include...

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