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.

Water Hygiene

Posted on Jul 16, 2013

The single most important resource for sustaining ecosystems, supporting life and consequently a major determinant of economic and general well-being is undeniably water. Water has innumerable uses, but the most significant ones impacting health and well being are

Our body typically needs more water when

  • The climate is hot
  • Physical activity has been high
  • Suffering from fever or generally unwell
  • Suffering from diarrhea or vomiting

Behavioral habits linked to cleanliness like regular hand washing, bathing and washing your face are good Water Hygiene practices. Diseases spread very fast if care is not taken to wash your hands, face or body regularly. Non-availability of clean water is a major cause of death in many under developed regions and research suggests that diarrhea related deaths could be reduced by as much as 50% merely by ensuring hands are washed regularly with soap and clean water. Food borne diseases can also be avoided by practicing good hygiene habits. Also following good hygiene habits can help to stop the spread of infectious diseases like common cold as well as gastrointestinal diseases.

There are a variety of sources for supply of Drinking water like public water systems, wells, or simply bottled water. An improved water source is typically considered as water which is supplied through a household connection, public standpipe, bore hole well, protected dug well, protected spring, or rainwater collection.

Knowing the source of the drinking water and whether it has been treated to make it clean and safe for drinking is of paramount importance. Ground water wells were typically the source of safe, clean water, but if not maintained and cleaned regularly can lead to contamination and illness.

Drinking enough fluids is the key to a healthy body as the body meets 80% of its fluid requirements through drinking water and beverages.

Unfortunately contaminated water is threatening entire ecosystems and is emerging as a major cause of illness and death, a result of increase in population, rapid urbanization and industrialization, reduction in land cover and effects of climate change. Urgent measures are needed to ensure clean and safe water availability around the world to restore ecological balance and save millions of livelihoods.