The Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR)


Instructor: Michael Brodsky
Product ID: 705279

  • Duration: 60 Min
This training program will discuss in detail the requirements of Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) including its history and background, key provisions, comparison with the TCR (Total Coliform Rule) and much more. It will also describe the best practices to comply with the RTCR requirements.
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Why Should You Attend:

Total coliforms are a group of related bacteria that are (with few exceptions) not harmful to humans, but are found in human waste (sewage). A variety of microbial pathogens in sewage can potentially cause health problems if humans ingest them. EPA no longer considers enumeration of total coliforms a useful indicator of other pathogens for drinking water. Total coliforms are used to determine the adequacy of water treatment and the integrity of the distribution system. The focus is now on the detection Escherichia coli, a more definitive indicator of recent fecal contamination.

All public water systems (PWSs), except aircraft PWSs subject to the Aircraft Drinking Water Rule (ADWR) (40 CFR 141 Subpart X), must comply with the RTCR starting April 1, 2016. Are you in compliance? What do you need to do to be in compliance?

This webinar will discuss the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) including its key provisions and will also provide the comparison of the RTCR with the Total Coliform Rule (TCR).

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

  • Waterborne Pathogens
  • The Concept of Indicator Organisms
  • The Current Total Coliform Rule (TCR) – Background
  • Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) – History
  • RTCR Requirements
  • Key Provisions of RTCR
  • Comparison of RTCR vs. TCR

Who Will Benefit:

  • Water System Operators
  • Laboratory Managers
  • QA Managers
  • QC Analysts
Instructor Profile:
Michael Brodsky

Michael Brodsky
Lead Auditor, Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation

Michael Brodsky has been an Environmental Microbiologist for more than 45 years. He is a Past President of the Ontario Food Protection Association (OFPA), the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) and AOAC International. He serves as Co-Chair for the AOAC Expert Review Committee for Microbiology; as a scientific reviewer in Microbiology for the AOAC Official Methods of Analysis; and the AOAC Research Institute. He is a reviewer for Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater and a chapter editor on QA for the Compendium of Methods in Microbiology.

Michael is also a technical assessor in microbiology for the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and a lead auditor/assessor for the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA).

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