Whether driving your operational processes in factory or industrial facility or working behind the scenes in any type of domestic or commercial building, water requires the right level of treatment to ensure safety, compliance and longevity in the water system.
WCS Group’s James Greenwood explains what the latest update to British Standard 8580-1 means for Food and Beverage manufacturers.
In the United Kingdom, there is a legal obligation for anyone responsible for maintaining water systems in buildings to mitigate the risk of Legionella. This is supported by prosecutions and fines for Duty Holders found to have failed to comply with regulations and endangered human health.
Every year a significant number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease are reported, many resulting in long illnesses or even deaths.
It’s a potentially fatal disease that is not going away and could even be on the rise.
The disease is a type of pneumonia which can prove fatal to people who are likely to be more susceptible to its effects – the elderly, people with lung conditions, people with weakened immune systems and anyone who drinks or smokes heavily.
A Legionella Risk Assessment (LRA) is an essential water hygiene management procedure to identify potential risks and ensure the safety and compliance of engineered water systems in the workplace.
For many companies this will involve procuring the services of a certified water hygiene company that can provide an unbiased appraisal of the water quality risks.
Given the right combination of environmental conditions, any natural or man-made water system has the potential to become a breeding ground for Legionella growth.
The health risks associated with Legionella bacteria are significantly heightened in areas where water is stored or recirculated, where the water temperature is between 20 and 45C, where there is the possibility of breathable water droplets being spread in the form of aerosols, or where there is a ready source of nutrients (sludge, bio-films, organic matter etc) in which the bacteria can thrive.
WCS Group have launched a revised and expanded Legionella awareness training programme for 2019. Choose from on-site or public WCS Group courses and IOSH and Ofqual accredited courses.
The system provides valuable real-time data and analysis on closed system water condition and revolutionises water system management by continuously monitoring the conditions than can cause corrosion before any damage occurs.