What should you do with your water system at work if you’re temporarily closing and actions to take before re-opening!
Where possible you should continue to flush your water systems regularly to maintain good circulation and avoid stagnation. You should also continue to carry out your monitoring tasks where possible, should access to your premises be available and safe to access. You should aim to keep your hot water hot and your cold water cold. Keeping the water moving and clean.
If you are unable to carry out the above then your water systems should be recommissioned as though they were new. Therefore, all employers MUST ensure the health and safety of their employees, customers, visitors and contractors by thoroughly flushing, clean and disinfecting and water testing before the building is re-occupied and the water systems returned to use.
Covid-19 and Legionella have a number of common symptoms, making it all the more important these actions to be completed to protect your health and safety and to avoid any extra burden on our incredible NHS.
Finally, you should update any risk assessments to reflect any actions or changes to your control measures.