World Water Monitoring Day: How a simple risk assessment could save your life

World Water Monitoring Day: We Support A Large Number Of Clients With Legionella Testing Including Northampton Hope Centre

THERE are few things more important in life than the safety and quality of the water we drink which is why World Water Monitoring Day is such an important event for all of us.

More than 100 countries worldwide will take part in World Water Monitoring Day today, which is being observed by the UN, which this year focusses on accelerating change to solve the global water and sanitation crisis.

While it might be tempting to think that many of these problems only exist in other countries, making sure your water systems are safe and monitored regularly is one of the most important things you can do to protect your own wellbeing of that of those around you.

World Water Monitoring Day: On the lookout for legionella

Legionella bacteria remains on the biggest threats to the safety of our water with several high-profile outbreaks having been reported in the UK over the summer.

As with many things to do with health and safety, complacency is often one of the biggest hurdles we face which makes regular water monitoring even more critical. Not only that, checking for legionella in your water supply is actually a legal requirement if you are an employer or dutyholder.

The best way to protect those around you is by carrying out water monitoring at least annually and more frequently if any work has been carried out on your premises.

If a house, flat or office has been left empty for a long period of time, it is essential for a thorough assessment to be carried out before the building is let, or employees move in.

A risk assessment is a simple series of tests, carried out by a trained legionella consultant, to check for the presence of legionella bacteria in your water supply. The test will cover several key areas:

  • Identify, quantify and assess the potential sources of risk of exposure;
  • Assess the existing control measures already in places such as service records, cleaning and monitoring regimes;
  • Assess the level of training, awareness and competence in regard to the management of legionella;
  • Provide guidance on any remedial actions to reduce any potential exposure to legionella bacteria.

We regularly out legionella testing for our clients across the UK, including Northampton Hope Centre – a charity which supports people across Northamptonshire who are dealing with hardship.

We’re always here to help – on World Water Monitoring Day and every day.

The consequences of not taking action against legionella on World Water Monitoring Day:

Adam Midson Is Acorn Safety Services' Legionella And Fire Manager

If left undetected, legionella bacteria has the potential to cause serious illness, particularly in those who are more vulnerable including the elderly or those whose immune systems are compromised.

If droplets containing legionella bacteria are inhaled, it can cause Legionnaires’ Disease – a severe form of pneumonia which can be fatal if not treated promptly.

According to the NHS, the symptoms of Legionnaires’ Disease include:

  • A cough;
  • Shortness of breath;
  • Chest pain or discomfort, particularly when breathing or coughing;
  • A high temperature;
  • Flu-like symptoms

This World Water Monitoring Day make it your pledge to book your legionella risk assessment today – you’ll find all the information you need on our dedicated website, including frequently asked questions, information about five-star rated book, Legionella: The Dark Arts and access to our calendar where you can book a FREE, no-obligation 30-minute consultation with a member of our health and safety team.

If you’re inspired by World Water Monitoring Day and want to learn more, give our friendly team a call on 01604 930380.

For all your health and safety needs visit today or contact us at or on 01604 930380.

More Health and Safety Articles

Health and safety expert Adam Midson

Health and safety: Take steps now to protect yourself from two of the biggest health and safety headaches

It’s  been a year since Adam Midson joined Acorn Safety Services and this month he celebrated being promoted to Legionella and Fire Manager. In this blog, Adam explains more about his important role and the ways you can protect yourself ...

Putting the focus on forklift safety

National Forklift Safety Day: How we’re putting health and safety in the driving seat

Safe sites save lives – that’s the message from National Forklift Safety Day which is being held today, Tuesday, June 13. The aim of the forklift safety campaign is to drive up safety standards across the UK by making all ...

Health and safety in a heatwave - our top tips

Health and safety in a heatwave – urgent advice which could save lives

While we’re all enjoying some much-needed summer sunshine it’s important to be aware of the risks associated with the warmer weather. For people working outside, or in factories, hot weather can put them at risk of health and safety issues ...

News roles have been introduced to improve safety in high-rise buildings

New roles introduced to make high-rise buildings even safer

THIS year has seen the introduction of new rules around the safety of all high-rise residential buildings. All buildings which are more than seven storeys tall now need to be registered with the Building Safety Regulator – a branch of ...