Legionella Risks During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Posted on 8th October 2020
Do you need a Legionella Risk Assessment?
Recent cases of Legionnaires’ disease since lockdown are a powerful wakeup call that employers, the self-employed and people in control of premises (such as landlords) who have a duty to identify and control risks associated with Legionella.
If your building was closed or has reduced occupancy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease.
You should review your risk assessment and manage the Legionella risks when you:
Reinstate a water system or start using it again
Restart some types of air conditioning units
If your water system has remained in regular use, you should continue to maintain the appropriate control measures outlined in your maintenance scheme. This will prevent Legionella growth or maintain it at safe levels.
If your water system hasn’t been used for a while due to a workplace closure or has been used much less due to fewer persons occupying your workplace, you should review your legionella risk assessment and manage the legionella risks when you reinstate your water systems or some types of air conditioning systems.
Remember, we are always here to help! If you are in the process of re-opening your premises after a period of inactivity, call us on 0800 121 8808 today and one of our friendly experts will be happy to help.
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