When squeezed budgets mean difficult decisions, building maintenance and water hygiene often slips through the cracks. But what seem like a shrewd financial decision can become a costly mistake.
A recent article in Education Executive highlighted the importance of proactive facilities management. There’s a clear warning that a short-term saving can lead to substantially higher costs and damages.
Drowning in stacks of paper records, most businesses struggle to understand their legionella compliance. It’s a challenge to make even basic information up-to-date and conveniently accessible.
But, there’s no avoiding the need to keep records. Standards and codes of practice like ACoP L8 and HSG274 don’t just require you to put the necessary controls in place to stop the spread of legionella. You also need to demonstrate your compliance using detailed, accurate reporting.
Move away from paper-based techniques that make management harder. Here’s 6 ways to simplify Legionella Compliance.
With never-ending to-do lists and busy working hours, it’s easy for things to be overlooked in a school, university or other academic institution. However, failing to control your legionella risk could put students and pupils in danger - and expose your organisation to the severe consequences of non-compliance.
Do you understand your responsibilities? Do you know why the education sector is especially at risk? And are you confident you are taking the appropriate steps to keep pupils safe? If you answered no to any of these questions, read on for some practical guidance.
Legionella bacteria presents a serious risk and significant responsibility for landlords and businesses because it can grow in almost any part of a hot or cold water system. In the right conditions, legionella can quickly take hold and lead to the spread of serious disease. Currently, with this wave of summer heat, the instances of legionella growth is on the increase.
We’ve seen an upward trend in instances of Legionella in water sources. This heatwave is showing no signs of letting up, which we feel can only mean more legionella outbreaks.
Warmer temperatures increase the risk of bacteria growth, including Legionella for several reasons. This is why it’s important to make sure you’ve assessed and controlled the risk adequately.
The need to test water systems for the presence of legionella is well understood. However, as you plan for aLegionella Risk Assessment, it’s not enough to run a faucet and jump into testing. Finding the appropriate legionella sampling points is the difference between dangerous legionella going undetected and achieving compliance.
But how do you know where to test? Where is legionella most likely to exist in your hot and cold water systems? And how can an experienced team help you get accurate results from your tests?
Whether you’re an employer, or a facilities manager in control of a premises, it’s your responsibility to help prevent exposure to legionella, the bacteria that causes illnesses like legionnaires’ disease.
Testing your water and water systems is a complicated process that takes specialist expertise. If carried out incorrectly, you could be leaving yourself exposed to fines and legal action – and your people exposed to a dangerous disease.
Read on to find out how we test for legionella in water and then go further to provide comprehensive support to help you meet your obligations.