The following is not intended to add further anxiety to an already bad situation but is factual advice that Building Services Professionals should already be aware of, but which is worth repeating.
We are working in unprecedented and extraordinary times with the way that the Coronavirus Virus (Covid-19) Pandemic has suddenly impacted on all aspects of our lives.
It is therefore understandable that a majority of companies, organisations and institutions are focussing on their own strategies of operation and protection. At Jordan Environmental Ltd we are facing the same challenges.
A totally understandable reaction to the current Covid-19 issue is to close to all ‘outsiders’ but this ignores a foundation principle of COSHH and risk reduction.
The mitigation of one risk could be creating another.
This is what happening with Water Hygiene aspects.
We urge those responsible for the Building Water Services to consider this aspect when reducing occupancy levels or closing buildings, as the risk from waterborne bacteria, including Legionella, will become elevated as the risk of Covid-19 is reduced.
Bacteria inevitably colonise water systems and when these become irregularly used or mothballed in increasing levels of ‘Lockdown’, the bacteria will start to multiply.
The approach of the Spring and Summer, with higher ambient temperatures creating tepid water temperatures, will create ‘the perfect storm’!
We highly recommend that existing water hygiene regimes should be continued and as well as introduction of other additional aspects that can be undertaken by site staff.
Not every aspect of our service provision would be considered as ‘essential’ but ongoing legionella control and prevention is! This is recognised by leading professional organisations.
Please allow us to attend to your sites where at all possible. Our Water Hygiene Technicians are all well aware of risk levels and the practice of safe procedures.
We are here to assist and will be remaining open at all times for contact and advice, as a minimum.
The one certainty that is undeniable right now is uncertainty itself, so we at Jordan Environmental remain supportive to all clients and associates and wish you all Good Luck and Good Health at this time.
Although we are empathic to your current situations and concerns, we are duty bound, under the Legionella Control Association’s Code of Conduct (membership No. 2001/1209) and the adherence to HSE and COSHH principles, to inform you of the increased risks that will be created by cessation of Water Hygiene/Legionella Control Regimes.
Additionally, a Statutory duty to comply to Legionella Control procedures, that are primarily instructed within the Approved Code of Practice L8 and accompanying technical document HSE274 remains in place.