Legionella Risk Assessment and Water Hygiene – Why Assess the Risks From Legionella

Posted on Oct 08, 2014

Outbreaks of legionella are still occurring so it’s important that you know and understand how they can be proactively avoided through carrying out legionella risk assessment London procedures and implementing appropriate water hygiene Surrey measures. In the U.K., an estimated 250 cases of Legionnaires’ disease occur each year, with about 18 per cent of these resulting in fatalities. Howlett Associates, one of the U.K.’s most established water treatment companies, can partner with you to identify and assess any risks in your water system to avoid the negative consequences of a Legionnaires ’ disease outbreak.

Why Assess the Risks From Legionella Bacteria

In many cases the benefits of undertaking a legionella risk assessment London procedure far outweighs the potential economic, health and legal risks involved from not assessing the risks from legionella. Regular testing for legionella as well as implementing a comprehensive water hygiene Surrey programme can help avoid potential and sometimes fatal outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease.

The Negative Impact of a Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreak

Because Legionnaires’ disease can kill, the consequences can be grave for any business affected by the outbreak. First, an outbreak of the disease in your facility could severely damage your reputation, hurt your bottom line and undermine your business for years to come. The affected victims could file lawsuits or authorities may prosecute you, and you may find yourself faced with huge legal costs, fees and damage awards entered against your organisation. In the worst-case scenario, you may be forced to shut down your operations, which could negatively impact your bottom line. You must therefore undertake appropriate legionella risk assessment London procedures and implement a complete water hygiene Surrey programme.

Regular legionella risk assessments help safeguard the health and wellbeing of building occupants, employees, tenants and visitors to the facility. Certified laboratory results and documented historical data of the monitoring results and inspection from a qualified water hygiene Surrey specialist, will enable you to protect yourself against potential litigation and losses in the event of an outbreak.

Legionella risk assessment and implementing a comprehensive water hygiene Surrey programme will also allow you to comply with regulations. If you are an employer or landlord in Surrey or a staff member in control of premises, you must have a current legionella risk assessment in order to comply with the HSE’s ACoP L8.

Howlett Associates offers legionella risk assessment and complete water treatment Surrey services to assist you in your duties to prevent an outbreak of legionnaire’s disease and control legionella in your water systems. Its team of assessors and microbiologists can undertake surveys and provide risk assessment reports on your system, including design, installation, condition, operation and usage, to identify and assess the risk of legionella.

Legionella Risk Assessment and Water Treatment – Understanding Your Responsibility as an Employer or Personnel in Control of Premises

Posted on Oct 06, 2014

If you are an employer in Surrey or the staff member in control of premises, including property managers and landlords, you need to know that it’s your responsibility to ensure that the water and water systems on your premises do not present any health risk, especially the health risks associated with legionella. Legionella risk assessment, water testing and water treatment Surrey processes are important in achieving this goal.

Legionella Risk Assessment

Legionella is a common type of bacteria that naturally occurs in natural water bodies such as rivers, lakes and ponds. These bacteria can easily colonise in man-made water systems as well, such as local water services and hot and cold water distribution systems in buildings where they are able to multiply at temperatures between 20°C and 45°C. When in a building’s water system, legionella can cause occupants to develop Legionnaires’ disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia, usually contracted by inhaling tiny, airborne water droplets from the water.

Areas of particular legionella risk are those containing sludge, scale or dirt and in stagnant waters and plants. Systems at risk include showers, hot and cold water systems, water systems that include an evaporative condenser, water systems that include a cooling tower and any plant or equipment containing water that has temperatures of between 20°C and 45°C and which can produce aerosols or a spray during operation or maintenance.

Legionella risk assessment allows you to identify and assess the potential sources or presence of risk. Carrying out a legionella risk assessment and appropriate water treatment Surrey procedure are actually legal requirements for water safety under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) and HSE Approved Code of Practice (L8) ‘The control of Legionella bacteria in water systems’ – ACoP L8.

Howlett Associates Is the Leading Legionella Assessment and Water Treatment Company in Surrey

Howlett Associates is a leading water treatment company providing legionella risk assessment, water risk assessment, legionella treatment, steam boiler water treatment, cooling tower water treatment and water hygiene solutions, such as water softener, chemical cleaning of water systems and chlorination. The company operates across Surrey and the U.K., including Scotland.

Howlett Associates Offers a Comprehensive Range of Water Treatment Services in Surrey

Appropriate water treatment Surrey procedures are important in removing harmful and dangerous pollutants, including legionella. As one of the U.K.’s leading water treatment specialists, Howlett Associates offers reliable and complete legionella risk assessment, legionella treatment and water treatment Surrey programmes designed to control and prevent legionella risk, as well as prevent scale formation, corrosion, suspended solids and microbial fouling that cause waterborne pathogens. Water treatment Surrey procedures may include complete cleaning and disinfection of the necessary areas, de-scaling, tank replacement (if required) and applying paint and coatings for tank and pipework.