ESGLI Guidance for managing Legionella in building water systems during the COVID-19 pandemic
PWTAG has been provided with this guidance from the ESCMID Study Group for Legionella Infections (ESGLI). It is a group of scientists – primarily from Europe but also elsewhere in the world – that collaborate to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Legionnaires’ disease by research, education, training, and good medical and scientific practice.
Among other projects since 2001 they have produced guidance for the investigation and prevention of disease caused by Legionella. The guidance is widely recognised, incorporated into national guidance in several countries and referred to by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Since 2011 ESGLI has been part of ESCMID, which is a non-profit scientific international organization. The drafting panel was chaired by Dr Susanne Surman-Lee, – and included Dr John Lee both PWTAG council members.
While this guidance is aimed at hotels, campsites, cruise ships etc, it is relevant to all public, residential and office buildings with similar water systems including swimming pools, leisure centres, gyms, spas, beauty salons, spray parks and splash pads. It is very important for the future health and safety of guests, visitors and staff that during this pandemic you manage and keep all water systems safe while closed or during partial shutdowns. The procedures you follow now will have an impact on how soon you can open your facilities without harming health.
COVID-19 Guidance Links
ESGLI Guidance for managing Legionella in building water systems during the COVI D-19 pandemic
PWTAG Guidance on Temporary Pool Closure