Given that the legionella virus is only active between the temperatures of 20oC and 45oC, it seems reasonable to assume that, if you use an ice machine - or have an ice machine or cool water dispenser integrated into your fridge/freezer - you ought to be...read more
As the optimum temperatures that allow the legionella bacteria to thrive are between 25oC and 45oC, the World Health Organisation’s advice is to maintain cold water below 20°C and hot water above 50°C. In cold water Lower water temperatures don’t kill...read more
As an employer, facilities manager or landlord, it’s your responsibility to take actions in order to control the risks associated with the Legionella bacteria. As a duty holder, you are required to make an assessment of the risks or hire someone who is...read more
We are all familiar with news stories about outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease contracted via water systems in large public buildings. But wherever the conditions are right, the Legionella bacteria will thrive, and there have been (thankfully rare)...read more
It turns out gardening is not always as healthy a pastime as you might think. In fact, there are quite a few unseen dangers in the form of Legionella - as well as other types of bacteria -that can be hazardous and even fatal, particularly in the elderly....read more
In this article we'll take a look at what legionella testing is, and when you might need to do it. Legionella testing is when you take samples of water from your water system to be analysed for legionella. Often this is referred to as legionella testing,...read more
Legionnaires’ Disease is especially dangerous for the elderly, frail and those with compromised immune systems. Therefore, it is essential that all hospitals and healthcare premises be vigilant, carry out regular testing and take steps to prevent...read more
As the landlord of any property – whether you’re renting out a house or flat, renting out a room in your home, or renting out on a short-term basis, such as on Airbnb, you do have a duty of care to ensure the safety of your tenants. When it comes to...read more
The Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) Approved Code of Practice L8 regulations say that employers are required “to review the assessment regularly and specifically when there is a reason to believe that the original risk assessment may no longer be...read more
You don’t have to do much research before you come across reports of new Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks which occur around the world, sadly on a frequent basis. Aside from the human cost of an outbreak, there are compelling business reasons for...read more
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