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Legionella roundup March 2021

As the UK comes out of lockdown, many businesses are doing their best to ensure their premises are COVID-secure. However, with premises being empty for months, the risk of legionella bacteria thriving in unused water systems is high, leading to national...

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What is a dead leg?

In terms of your company’s water system, a dead leg is a section of piping that is no longer used, or rarely used. It is generally created when modifications have been made to the system and piping removed, leaving a small ‘leg’ that is capped. Without...

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Legionella Roundup January 2021

Over the past couple of months, press reports about the legionella bacteria and Legionnaires’ disease have been prevalent in the USA. There have been no media reports of problems in the UK, which is good news. And there’s more good news coming from...

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Risks after shutting your office for Christmas

We’ve finally made it to 2021. And we’re all hoping that this year will be a huge improvement on the last! But even though there’s light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to COVID-19 in the form of vaccination, we mustn’t allow ourselves to become...

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What to look for in a legionella risk assessor

When you are looking for a legionella risk assessor, there are a few things you can look out for to ensure the company of your choice will do a trustworthy and reliable job. Qualifications and accreditations Check that the company is accredited with an...

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Legionella round up November 2020

In the news last month, there were a number of reports of Legionnaires’ disease, with a major outbreak in Portugal. Positive tests of legionella bacteria continue to be reported as a result of building closures due to lockdown, and one UK care home group...

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A guide to legionella regulations

As an employer, landlord, or duty holder in charge of the premises, the Health and Safety Executive has clear guidance about the control of legionella bacteria in hot and cold water systems. Duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act extend to...

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Legionella news roundup October 2020

In October, there were no reports of new Legionnaires’ outbreaks, with the press more concerned about the risks of the legionella bacteria. With many countries observing a second lockdown, there is concern about the increased opportunities for the...

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How often should a TMV be serviced?

A thermostatic mixing valve (TMV) is a device that ensures the water temperature is always at a safe and comfortable level which prevents people from scalding themselves. Hot and cold water passes through the valve on its way to the tap, ensuring it is...

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What are schematic drawings?

Schematic drawings are an important part of the prevention of legionella bacteria. According to the Health & Safety Executive, you must take the necessary steps to prevent the risk of legionella in your water system. However: “If you identify a risk...

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