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PWTAG's Guidance For Running Spas And Hot Tubs In A Commercial Or Business Setting
With the release of their 'Spa and Hot Tub Technical Operation After COVID-19 Shutdown (TN47)' document, the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) have now published their fifth in a series of PWTAG technical notes dealing with the current pandemic.

It is likely that spa pools and hot tubs will have been shut since the early weeks of the Coronavirus outbreak, but some operators may have kept them full of water and the guidance is specifically for spa pools and hot tubs run either in a commercial or business setting and should be read alongside 'Disinfecting Coronavirus' (TN44).

Commercial spas may be stand-alone, or integrated with a swimming pool water treatment system.

This guidance applies particularly to the former, but may be applied to all. PWTAG advice on temporary closure included superchlorination prior to emptying. Hot tubs, which are self-contained factory units, should have had similar treatment. This guidance outlines their reopening and the ongoing challenge of managing them during the current pandemic.

Domestic spa pools and hot tubs used by household families in a permitted social bubble are not covered in this PWTAG technical note, although some of this guidance can be applied. However, if the household is following the current government guidance on distancing and association, spa pools and hot tubs should present no extra risks as long as they are carefully cleaned and disinfected. Before opening, operators in commercial and business settings should check with their insurers about public liability cover in the light of Covid-19.

Some insurers are applying a blanket exclusion of cover for liability resulting from Covid-19, while others are offering cover as normal – ie third party liability is insured subject to the claimant proving the operator has failed in their duty of care, resulting in third party accidental injury, illness or disease.

Operators should ensure they have up-to-date risk assessments (including a Covid-19 risk assessment) and schemes of control with health and safety guidelines that include Covid-19 – which can be demonstrated to their insurer should the need arise. These changes should also be reflected in the Pool Safety Operating Procedure (PSOP).

Links to the five Technical Notes to date are listed below and each can be downloaded directly from the following dedicated pages on the PWTAG website:
For more information contact PWTAG on 01509 640730 or visit www.pwtag.org





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