Alignment with Industry Guidance

Ensuring your water management program (WMP) is in alignment with industry guidance can be a confusing and overwhelming task. Regulations, standards, and laws are always evolving and it is important to understand what your facility water management team (WMT) needs to do to mitigate risk of waterborne pathogens, including Legionella, and to protect the safety of building occupants. Defensible WMPs are built by teams that are empowered with the right support and tools to efficiently and effectively collaborate, document, verify and validate. Through data collection and management, comprehensive and defensible WMPs allow building owners to make proactive, evidence-based decisions for facility water safety.

Industry Guidance


1. What is Industry Guidance that addresses WMPs?

Industry Guidance that addresses WMPs include:

Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems ANSI/ASHRAE 188

Managing the Risk of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems ANSI/ASHRAE Guideline 12-2020

The requirement to Reduce Legionella Risk in Healthcare Facility Water Systems to Prevent Cases and Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ Disease CMS Memo 2017

The Joint Commission Environment of Care 

CDC Legionella Control Toolkit v1.1 

CDC Water Management Program Toolkit

CDC Guidance for Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation

Cooling Tower Institute Legionellosis Guideline: Best Practices for Control of Legionella 2008

Cooling Tower Institute Guideline (GDL) 159 - Practices to Reduce Risk of Legionellosis from Evaporative Head Rejection Equipment Systems 2020

VHA Directive 1061 - Prevention from Healthcare-associated Legionella Disease and Scald Injury from Water Systems

Environmental Protection Agency Safe Drinking Water Act

Environmental Protection Agency Technologies for Legionella Control in Premise Plumbing

CDC Preventing Occupational Exposure to Legionella DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2019-131


2. Why is it important to understand industry guidance? 

Guidance is created to mitigate the risk of waterborne pathogens including Legionella in building water systems. It’s important for facility owners to understand guidance to prevent injury or illness related to waterborne pathogens. Most of the guidance includes recommendations or best practices for water management program development and operations.


3. How can Phigenics help me achieve alignment with industry guidance? 

Phigenics can help you achieve alignment with industry guidance by developing comprehensive water management programs which can help improve the safety and efficiency of your building water systems. Phigenics acts as an independent third party to provide guidance that is defensible against claims of negligence and help validate sustainability claims. Each step of the Phigenics water management process has been created to ensure verification and validation of the WMP and achieving alignment with industry guidance.


Additional Links:

Register to view the recording of June 8, 2021, Ask the Expert Webinar: “How to Effectively Prepare for Joint Commission Surveys"

What is ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188?

Comprehensive and Defensible Water Management Programs

Guidance on reducing the risk of Legionella - ASHRAE website

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) S&C 17-30

The Joint Commission New Water Management Requirements - Prepublication 3-19-21

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Phigenics was founded in 2004 with the vision of
"Optimizing operational efficiency and improving safety in building water systems to produce balanced systems that save money and enhance the quality of life." The company is the leading INDEPENDENT provider of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188, VHA Directive 1061, and Directive 1116(2) aligned water management programs. Phigenics
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