In this article we ask are showers safe from legionella and other dangerous bacteria? While there is robust legislation in place covering UK businesses requiring them to keep their water systems safe and free from dangerous bacteria such as legionella, you may be surprised to learn that private homes have no such controls.
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This article is about the control of legionella in hot and cold water systems, an essential task if you are to protect the safety and health of people who may use such systems or come in to contact with them.
If you work in an organisation which has any type of water system, including hot and cold water systems, showers, spa pools, air conditioning units or cooling towers, then there should be someone in your company who is designated as the responsible person for legionella control. This role can be an onerous one depending on the size and complexity of the buildings and water systems at your place of work. The role typically involves assessing the risks and putting in to place procedures and systems for the control of Legionella bacteria, the microorganism which can cause Legionnaires’ disease, a potentially fatal lung infection.
Do you really need to carry out a legionella risk assessment at your premises or place of work? Well, an important question to answer first is does your business operate any type of water system? This can include a simple hot and cold water system serving taps and toilets, a shower or something a little more specialised such as a cooling tower for example.
Legionella Control, Risk Assessment, Training & Testing
Water Treatment Services offer a comprehensive range of Legionella control and specialist environmental hygiene solutions including Legionella risk assessments, training courses and water testing for the control of Legionnaires’ disease, Legionella, Pseudomonas and other waterborne pathogens in the workplace.
Our Legionella control and environmental hygiene services include:
Specialist Legionella risk assessment services to ensure the risks associated with Legionnaires’ disease are managed to meet the compliance standards set by the Health & Safety Executive in their Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L8.
Detailed water safety risk assessments delivered by fully trained Legionella risk assessors capable of performing detailed examinations of all man-made water systems. Our teams of specialists will also review existing risk management and control processes established to manage the risks associated with Legionnaires’ disease through exposure to Legionella bacteria.
Specialist Legionella training courses developed to support organisations and individuals with responsibility for the management and control of Legionnaires’ disease and Legionella in the workplace.
Our range of specialist Legionella training courses cater for different roles and levels of management responsibility and are delivered by experienced industry experts. Our courses include an entry level Legionella awareness course, plus more advanced courses aimed specifically at duty holders, the responsible person, engineering contractors and others with day-to-day responsibility for the management and control of Legionella risks in the workplace.
Water Treatment Services offer a full range of UKAS accredited Legionella testing, laboratory analysis and in-field water testing and water sampling solutions.
Our UKAS Legionella testing and water sampling services have been developed to accurately identify whether your systems meet the safety and water quality standards set by the Health & Safety Executive for permitted levels of Legionella bacteria in water. Such analysis helps to improve water safety standards, provides confirmation that your Legionella control activities are effective, and will help to improve regulatory compliance.
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