LEGIONELLA RISKS INCREASE DURING CLUB LOCKDOWNS
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has advised that all club premises that have been closed or had reduced usage during the COVID-19 outbreak must ensure that they take action to reduce the risk of Legionnaires’ disease.
The HSE warns that if water has not been drawn off during the lockdown, stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease.
The HSE advises clubs to review their risk assessment and manage the legionella risks
If the water system is still used regularly, maintain the appropriate measures to prevent legionella growth.
You can find out what Legionnaires’ disease is, where it comes from, how people get it and symptoms and treatment by reading What is Legionnaires’ disease?.
Hot and cold water systems
If hot and cold water outlets are used infrequently, flush them weekly to prevent water stagnation. If you cannot do this, work with your competent person or people to ensure systems are cleaned (if required) and disinfected before the building is occupied.
For further guidance read:
- Legionnaires’ disease. The control of legionella bacteria in water systems – Approved Code of Practice and guidance (L8 ACOP)
- Legionnaires’ disease – Technical guidance (HSG274 Part 2) (PDF)– Portable Document Format
Getting specialist help
To arrange a Risk Assessment or water testing in your building before reopening contact us
Tel 0800 080 3045