Tiny but deadly: Is legionella in your water system?

Legionella bacteria can be deadly

AS the weather improves and thoughts turn to spring and summer there has never been a better time to check your water systems for the presence of legionella.

Legionella is a deadly bacteria which can multiply in water systems if it is not detected early. Regular water monitoring is a must to protect those around you from the bacteria which can go on to cause Legionnaires’ Disease in the elderly and the vulnerable.

It’s important to keep legionella at the top of your health and safety agenda and, as always, Acorn Safety Services is here to help.

What is legionella?

Legionella bacteria love areas which are warm and damp making hot and cold water systems, air conditioning systems, pipework, showers and spa baths prime breeding grounds.

Left undetected, it can be inhaled through droplets of water causing Legionnaires’ Disease in older people or those with a compromised immune system.

Care homes, hospitals and schools are among the places at highest risk, but the bacteria can be found in water systems and plumbing just about anywhere if the conditions are right.

What do I need to do?

If you are an employer, or a landlord, you have a legal obligation to check your water systems regularly for the presence of legionella.

Risk assessments should always be carried out by a qualified legionella consultant who will give you the correct advice based on your individual circumstances.

A full legionella risk assessment 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.

When it comes to a thorough inspection and risk assessment you’ll need to call in the experts which is where Acorn Safety Service’s dedicated team are perfectly placed to help.

And, if you’re new to health and safety, our book Legionella: The Dark Arts is a perfect place to start, giving you the background information you need to move forward with confidence.

Acorn Safety Services: In your corner

Health and safety is our business making us the ideal choice to support yours.

Whether it’s a one-off risk assessment, helpful advice, or if you need us to act as your retained health and safety consultancy, we’ll give you all the support you need – and much, much more.

When it comes to legionella, we’ve got you covered, with a whole department ready and waiting to help you.

We’ll guide you through every step, from making the initial appointment right through to the risk assessment, full compliance and water treatment mediation – which uses chemical or thermal disinfection to clean your water system should legionella bacteria be found.

And if you’re looking for a consultancy to take care of all your health and safety needs, we can help with that too as part of our Acorn Compliance Antidote.

Our five-step plan covers every area of health and safety – taking you from non-compliance to full compliance without the fuss.

We offer complete nationwide coverage and promise to turn around your legionella risk assessment report within five working days.

If time is tight, we can arrange a 30-minute video call with one of our legionella consultants so you can get the advice that’s right for you.

We’ll take the time to understand your business and diagnose your legionella compliance status today.

Don’t put legionella to the bottom of your list.

Get in touch with our friendly team to find out how we can help you.

For all your health and safety needs visit https://acornhealthandsafety.co.uk/ today or contact us at info@acornhealthandsafety.co.uk or on 01604 930380.

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