Additionally, the conditions found in these sources are unlikely to lead to infection. However, legionella becomes an issue when optimal conditions arise within water sources providing the perfect environment for the bacteria to breed.
The defining aspect of these conditions is the temperature of the water and the window of 20-45 degrees is the key factor for encouraging bacteria growth. A further complication and potential source of Legionella growth are the premises, such as hospitals and healthcare facilities, that supply large volume water sources whereby cold storage tanks might be used.Whilst cold-water storage tanks have a variety of uses, the design of a tank can also pose a risk to water quality due to the poor turnover due to excess capacity and reduced circulation due to connection positioning.
This responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of employees is carried by businesses with duties of compliance under the Health & Safety at Work (HSW) Act and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) law that applies to the risks of exposure to Legionella bacteria.
So, what’s the procedure involving water management to combat the development of legionella bacteria? The treatment of water and legionella compliance is a costly and complex process for Health & Safety managers and estates teams, creating a high economic impact on precious management time and resources. As such, thousands of organisations across the UK rely on specialist suppliers to help manage their responsibilities and reduce the potential impact of legionella.
How can Wireless Temperature Monitoring Systems help? Obviously, the testing of water systems is of paramount importance to ensure, not only adherence to legislation and guidance but also the health, safety, and welfare of anyone in your care at all times.
Using a Wireless Temperature Monitoring System solves this problem for businesses whilst reducing capital expenditure. Modern cloud based systems provide a near real-time temperature monitoring experience. You can monitor the temperature and flow of your water systems.
This improved management of water temperature will provide you with instant alerts in an event situation where the water temperature exceeds or declines into the bacterial growth danger zone.
The adage of ‘being forewarned is being pre-armed’ rings true when combatting or avoiding the potentially disastrous event of Legionella growth and infection within your responsibility.
Having a system that recognises the precursors of environmental changes in your water supply can reduce costly third-party legionella testing company visits and gives you the opportunity to become proactive rather than reactive.
Please follow this link for the official government guidelines on legionella testing