HSE issues legionella warning

Following an outbreak of the disease in the Midlands, the Health and Safety Executive is reminding employers and others in control of premises, such as landlords, to identify and control the risks associated with legionella.

When a building has been closed or had reduced occupancy, as has been the case during the coronavirus pandemic, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of the disease.

Employers are being advised to review risk assessments and manage legionella risks when they reinstate a water system or start using it again; and when they restart some types of air conditioning units.

Detailed information on managing these risks can be found here: https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/legionella-risks-during-coronavirus-outbreak.htm?utm_source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=coronavirus&utm_term=detsailed-guidance&utm_content=legionnaires-23-sep-20

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