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LEGIONELLA TESTING – GYMS / FITNESS CENTRES

Legionella test kits for Gyms / Fitness Centres

Danger Areas

Due to the small footprint of gyms & fitness centres, the premises will probably have been former commercial or retail buildings which were subsequently converted (see Old & Refurbished Buildings).

All will have showers which need to be descaled and disinfected every 3 months plus legionella screening to ensure the hygiene regime is effective.

Most modern gyms have drinking water units for their clients to use during exercise. The dispensers on these units need to be sterilised regularly since they are commonly accidentally contaminated when touched with sweaty fingers.

To ensure the sterilisation routines are sufficient, the drinking water units should be tested for:-

  • Total Viable Count at 22°C
  • Total Viable Count at 37°C
  • E.Coli
  • Coliforms

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
  • Part 3: The control of legionella bacteria in other risk systems 


HSE- Legionnaires’ disease A guide for employers
HSE - Legionnaires’ Disease: Controlling the risks associated with using spa baths
HPA - Management of Spa Pools – Controlling the risk of infection

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