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LEGIONELLA TESTING – OFFICES

Legionella test kits for Offices

Danger Areas

Most modern offices have simple water systems which represent a fairly low legionella risk. Older workplaces were designed for different times, for example 30 years ago Telephone Exchanges employed hundreds of staff. These workplaces required huge quantities of stored water for the canteens and toilets. Modern technology means these same buildings employ less than 10 people but the pipework to the disused canteen and redundant toilets still remain.

Many companies install showers in their executives’ offices, maybe also in the basement for the cyclists and joggers. If these become rarely used, they represent a risk not just to the showers but to all other areas as the bacteria migrate.

Sometimes poor maintenance means hot water temperatures reduce due to scale build-up in boilers/calorifiers or maybe a failed return pump goes undetected. These situations allow water in the distribution pipework to cool below the recommended temperatures so that any legionella are either not killed, or worse still, provide an ideal environment for growth.

Independent legionella testing will establish if a problem exists, if so it can be investigated and procedures put in place to prevent reoccurrence.

LAW

  • Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999
  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974

RELEVANT DOCUMENTS

HSG274 Legionnaires’ disease: Technical guidance:-

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


HSE- Legionnaires’ disease A guide for employers

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