At Acorn Safety Services the range of services we offer has continued to grow – and so too has our team of expert health and safety consultants.
Earlier this year we launched a new legionella bacteria service, offering risk assessments and testing to help businesses, charities and organisations in the public sector identify and assess their risk of exposure to potentially deadly legionella.
In July, we were delighted to welcome Adam Midson to Acorn Safety Services as our new Legionella and Fire Consultant. Adam will develop this growing area of our business which is dedicated to helping people to protect themselves from the effects of legionella bacteria.
In this blog, Adam explains more about his role and how Acorn Safety Services can support you.
‘Here to help with all of your health and safety needs’
I am delighted to have joined the team at Acorn Safety Services at such an exciting time. Acorn has bold ambitions for the future, particularly around its legionella bacteria services, and I can’t wait to be part of it.
I’ve spent many years working in the water industry, in plumbing and remedials and more recently gaining valuable experience carrying out legionella risk assessments.
I’ve already been on the road meeting our clients face-to-face, and I’m really looking forward to developing these important relationships.
‘What is legionella bacteria and am I at risk?’
Legionella bacteria is microscopic and can be found in streams, rivers, reservoirs and ponds, usually in very low numbers, where they don’t cause any problems. The difficulty comes if these tiny bacteria get trapped inside your water system and multiply, potentially leading to Legionnaires’ Disease.
According to the Government, there were 503 cases of Legionnaires’ Disease in the UK in 2019. It’s a serious illness which can be fatal – symptoms to be aware of include fever, headache, cough and shortness of breath.
While legionella bacteria can cause problems anywhere given the right conditions, some areas such as places where water is stored or recirculated, where the water temperature is between 20-45°C or where rust, sludge, scale and organic matters are present, are considered to be at much higher risk.
People who are more susceptible to infection, including the elderly and those with weakened immune systems, need to be especially careful.
‘So, what can I do to protect myself and those around me?’
Employers, the self-employed, facilities managers, health and safety officers and landlords, are all among those who have a duty to protect people against the risks associated with legionella bacteria.
The rules around legionella bacteria are really complex and testing needs to be carried out by an expert – this is where Acorn Safety Services can really help.
A full Legionella Risk Assessment carried out by one of our qualified assessors is the first important step in identifying and assessing your individual risk.
The survey will look for any non-Water Regulations Approval Scheme approved fittings, assess your cold water tank and conditions in your hot water cylinder and accessibility to all areas that require monitoring and maintenance by law.
At the end of the assessment, you will receive a full report which will include any advice about remedial work and repairs and steps you should take next.
To make things even easier for you to manage, we also offer a free online portal where our clients can store their risk assessment documents safely and securely online ensuring they are fully accessible whenever you need them.
And because Acorn Safety Services is a fully-independent health and safety consultancy, you can be sure that advice we offer is with your very best interests at heart.
We look forward to working with you soon.