Legionella Risk at Work
Posted on 18th May 2020 at 15:49
Legionella risks because of water stagnation during the coronavirus outbreak
Building closure or reduced occupancy can increase the risks of Legionnaires’ disease.
Employers, the self-employed and people in control of premises, such as landlords, have a duty to identify and control risks associated with legionella.
If your building was closed or has reduced occupancy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease.
This may particularly affect:
• Hot and cold water systems
• Cooling towers and evaporative condensers
• Commercial spa pools and hot tubs
For detailed guidance on Legionella and safer working during the coronavirus outbreak visit the HSE website.
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