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LEGIONELLA TESTING – HOSPITALS

Legionella test kits for Hospitals

The dangers

Most older hospitals have to manage the legionella risk by keeping the concentration of the bacteria as low as possible. It is an accepted fact that many water systems within hospitals can never be ‘legionella free’ due to their complex water systems, age and regular refurbishments.

Many hospitals cannot rely on temperature control to manage legionella and utilise other technologies such as chlorine dioxide.

Hospitals have the most susceptible ‘at risk’ people as patients, so undertake as many as 100 legionella tests every week to monitor the water quality amongst their 1000’s of taps, showers and sluices.

New NHS guidance requires augmented care units to undergo Pseudomonas aeruginosa screenings.

LAW

  • Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999
  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010

RELEVANT DOCUMENTS

HSG274 Legionnaires’ disease: Technical guidance:-

  • Part 2: The control of legionella bacteria in hot & cold water systems
  • Part 3: The control of legionella bacteria in other risk systems


Health Technical Memorandum 04-01: The control of Legionella, hygiene, “safe” hot water, cold water and drinking water systems (HTM 04-01).
Water sources and potential Pseudomonas aeruginosa contamination of taps and water systems

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