This technical troubleshooting guide looks at the control of biofilm in industrial cooling water systems. The guide examines the problems caused by bacteria and the growth of biofilm including system corrosion, reduced heat transfer efficiency, and the increased health risks from Legionella bacteria. It concludes by looking at bacteria hot spots and what measures can be taken to maintain control.
In this article the healthcare water safety specialists at Water Treatment Services look at the control of legionella and other waterborne pathogens in hospitals and healthcare premises. The article considers what the risks are and the legal responsibilities for managing them, latest codes of practice and technical guidance, effective control measures; and concludes by reviewing the role of the Water Safety Group and effective risk management through detailed planning.
In the UK landlords have a legal responsibility to manage the risks from legionella in their properties. In this article our water safety experts provide detailed legionella guidance for landlords and what they need to do to comply with the law, helping to sort fact from fiction.
In the UK all businesses have a legal responsibility to manage the risks from legionella in their workplaces. In this article our water safety experts explain what legionella is, how it can cause Legionnaires’ disease and who is at risk. It then goes on to consider the risk assessment process and how water temperature, minimising stagnant water conditions and good water system design can help control the risks from legionella in building water systems.
This expert guide explains what duty holders, including employers, landlords and other people responsible for the management of property and facilities in the UK must do to minimise the risks from Legionella bacteria and Legionnaires’ disease in their workplace. The guide highlights the UK’s primary health and safety legislation covering the control of legionella, and sets out what duty holders need to do to comply with the law. It looks at the need to appoint a competent or responsible person, the importance of the risk assessment process, how to develop a written scheme of control, what practical measures can be taken to ensure water safety is maintained, and concludes with a review of what records need to be kept and for how long.
Cooling systems play an increasingly important role in the management of internal workplace environments. In this guide the experts at Water Treatment Services compare two of the most common types of cooling system, adiabatic cooling systems and open evaporative systems. The guide looks at how each one operates and the important differences between the two including the risks associated with legionella, how energy efficient they are, how much water they use, water treatment considerations and annual running costs.
In this article the industrial water specialists at Water Treatment Services investigate the link between legionella, hard water and limescale; asking the question… does hard water increase the risks from Legionella bacteria both at home and in the workplace? The guide explains what hard water is and how it can cause problems in water systems, where it can be found in the UK, if the build-up of scale or limescale increases the risks posed by Legionella bacteria, and what can be done to control its impact.
In this article we review the rare but serious lung condition known as Legionnaires’ disease looking at its diagnosis, treatment and consider whether it is preventable.
We start by reviewing typical symptoms and what’s involved in diagnosing the condition, how it can be treated and conclude with measures that can be put into place to control the risks to people, including the management of water safety in engineered water systems.