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Don’t let dangerous legionella derail your business continuity plans - give your premises the all-clear with a legionella risk assessments and water testing from Dynamika.
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The coronavirus pandemic has created chaos for businesses across the country. For many business owners who are currently dealing with unoccupied or limited-occupancy commercial premises, being prepared to reopen from the moment the nationwide lockdown lifts has become their number one priority.
But before you welcome your team and your customers back; is your site safe from legionella contamination?
Harmful legionella bacteria can quickly take over unused water systems, putting returning occupants and visitors in danger of contracting Pontiac fever or potentially fatal Legionnaires’ disease.
Legionella assessments & disinfection
But Dynamika are here to help. Our water engineering experts can carry out a full survey of your business premises; disinfecting and eradicating any contaminated systems as well as providing a complete legionella risk assessment and control scheme.
Alternatively, if your company is unable to keep its doors open for business, our team can monitor your water systems for legionella growth while the property stays vacant. When you are ready to reopen for business, our technicians can disinfect and flush your water systems to remove bacteria.
We’ll help your business remain compliant with health and safety regulations, so you can hit the ground running when it’s time to open your doors again.
Legionella is a bacteria found in fresh water, which can pose a serious risk to health if it happens to contaminate your building’s water supply.
It’s rarely a problem with water systems which are actively used and carefully maintained. But when a property becomes unoccupied for an extended period of time, any water left to stagnate within the property’s system can become a breeding ground for legionella bacteria.
Inhaling droplets of water in the air from a legionella-contaminated source (such as taps, showers, wet cooling plant, leisure/spa pools and other water facilities) can cause Legionnaires’ Disease. This condition is a type of pneumonia which can be fatal unless it’s caught and treated early. (Legionella can also cause Pontiac fever, which produces mild flu-like symptoms.)
If you’re an employer or an owner of business premises, you have a legal duty to keep your staff, customers and visitors safe from the risks of legionella.
Those who fail to comply with ACoP L8 legionella control guidelines and prevent exposure could face prosecution under the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health; even if no deaths occur as a result of legionella exposure.
Are legionella and coronavirus connected?
No. Legionella is a bacteria which causes Legionnaires’ disease, while coronavirus is a virus which causes the COVID-19 disease. Unlike coronavirus, legionella cannot be spread by person-to-person contact.
However, the coronavirus pandemic has indirectly increased the risk of legionella by leaving commercial buildings vacant during the nationwide lockdown, and contracting Legionnaires’ disease or Pontiac fever may put you at greater risk of becoming seriously ill from coronavirus.
Public Health England have issued advice on managing the risks of legionella and Legionnaires' during the coronavirus pandemic. More information on legionella and your legal responsibilities can also be found at the Health and Safety Executive’s official website.
To arrange your free site survey and quote. Call our team on 03333 22 0800 or contact us online today.