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Seminar 241: Legionella prevention in buildings - Are we effecting meaningful change or just checking all the boxes?
Tuesday, 22/June/2021:
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Session Chair: Michael B. Waak
Location: Zoom room #5
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Session Abstract

SPEAKERS: Michael Waak, Karolina Stråby, Hanne Therese Skiri, and representatives from Norwegian Institute of Public Health

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Legionella prevention in buildings - Are we effecting meaningful change or just checking all the boxes?

Michael B. Waak, Karolina Stråby

SINTEF A.S., Norway

Legionella bacteria are commonly found in building plumbing and drinking water. Their survival and proliferation may increase risk of severe illnesses like Legionnaires' disease among end-users, due to droplet or aerosol inhalation via showers or other water fixtures. The day-to-day burden of Legionella prevention in buildings often falls upon facility maintenance and services personnel. Concurrently, revision to the EU Drinking Water Directive, requiring Legionella testing, may add more time and resource costs for end-users or operators. In this workshop, an expert panel representing various stakeholders (public health regulators, building operators and managers, scientific researchers, and technical consultants) will present their diverse perspectives on current and future challenges of Legionella prevention in buildings. In the second half, a panel discussion with audience Q&A will allow workshop participants to engage with the panelists and the panelists with one another. In addition to facilitating a diverse and open dialogue across different stakeholder groups, this workshop will challenge workshop participants to rethink how they currently view Legionella prevention in building water systems---not just as a building problem but a societal challenge. Maybe---just maybe---it may even inspire innovative solutions.

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