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Increased Legionella risks because of water stagnation during Coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus / 20 May 2020

Employers and people in control of premises, such as landlords, have a duty to identify and control risks associated with legionella.

If your building has been closed or has reduced occupancy because of the coronavirus outbreak, then water stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease.  This could affect your:

  • Hot and cold water systems
  • Cooling towers and evaporative condensers
  • Commercial spa pools and hot tubs

The HSE has published detailed guidance on Legionella and safer working during the coronavirus outbreak.  You can access this here.

We have particular expertise in advising on legionella risk management and defending such cases where necessary.

Do get in touch if you need any assistance.


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