Testing for Legionella - Why it’s Important

Testing for Legionella – Why it’s Important

Posted 3 years ago in Future Thinking

It might not be high on the news agenda but Legionnaires disease is still with us and whatever building you are in, a risk assessment needs to be undertaken where water is present. Even if you only have one tap!

At Closewood, we are able to provide full Legionella risk assessments, water system monitoring, consultancy, temperature monitoring, outlet flushing, tank inspections and cleaning, shower head cleaning, water sampling and analysis, TMV servicing and calorifier blowdown services.

Some points to note:

  • It has to be a yearly assessment.
  • A good time to test is at the end of long breaks.
  • Applies to taps, pipes and stored water.

If you need to know more call us today on 02392 474849

What is Legionella?

Legionella is a bacteria found in water, and can be inhaled through airborne water droplets created by hot or cold water outlets and even a wet air conditioning plant. If inhaled, it can cause Legionnaires disease – a type of pneumonia which can be fatal.

While Legionella is normally found in low numbers, which are too low to cause harm, it can multiply rapidly if the temperatures are between 20°C and 45°C and nutrients like rust, algae, and limescale are available. The bacteria are dormant below 20°C and do not survive above 60°C.

Any workplace is at risk from the Legionella, including hospitals, offices, educational buildings, leisure centres, hotels, factories, office complexes and more.

Even the cleanest of places can be affected by Legionella, here is a recent example from BBC News of a maternity unit being closed down through the bug, which is why testing and preventing is so important.

Choose Closewood for Your Legionella Assessments

The management of health & safety at Work Regulation 1999 and The COSHH Regulations 2002 state that a Legionella risk assessment must be undertaken on all water systems in a workplace or business.

Closewood are able to carry out these tests in any building. Contact us today on 02392 47 48 49, and talk to a friendly member of our team to book a Legionella Risk Assessment.

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You can find out more about managing Legionella here.