Legionella

SFG30 – mothballing & recommissioning buildings during the pandemic

26th February 2021

In just over a week (March 8th), many of the UK’s children will be returning to school. This is the first step in our tentative and hopefully successful path back to normality. While schools have remained open in some capacity throughout the Covid19 pandemic, there are countless other unused public and commercial buildings which will […]

New white paper in response to legionella risk in locked down buildings

2nd December 2020

Today (2nd December) ends the second national lockdown in England, with shops and in some areas, pubs and restaurants, now able to open again. For commercial buildings, low occupancy rates still prevail, leading to a ticking time bomb of water quality issues. To help Facilities Managers and building owners to take the right steps to […]

How can offices safely re-open after lockdown?

18th November 2020

Commercial buildings in the UK have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.  As businesses were forced off their premises and into their homes back in March, some offices in London saw occupancy rates drop as low as 10% – a considerable change of use for buildings designed to host thousands of people and something […]

Legionella regulations – what must you do to comply?

11th November 2020

Legionnaires’ Disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia caused by the bacterium Legionella pneumophila, commonly found in potable and HVAC water systems.  Employers, building and facilities managers and anyone with a health and safety responsibility must comply with relevant legislation to avoid fines, reputation damage and – most importantly – harm to occupants. Positive legionella […]

Action required to prevent legionella issues as water quality deteriorates

5th November 2020

As England enters a second national lockdown, Tom O’Sullivan, Head of Operations at Guardian Water Treatment urges facilities managers to prioritise legionella prevention and water system maintenance to stop the ongoing trend of sample failure rates caused by underused buildings. With people again told to work from home, many commercial and office buildings will be […]

Do I need a legionella risk assessment?

18th August 2020

A competent Legionella risk assessment is essential for making sure water systems are not putting occupants at risk of Legionnaires’ Disease. A legionella risk assessment is a legal requirement in buildings with a high footfall of people such as hospitals, schools and commercial properties. This is part of the compliance criteria for ACoP L8 (Approved […]

Are you looking for legionella water treatment?

28th July 2020

Legionella water treatment and risk assessment services for in-use and empty buildings. During lockdown, many of the UK’s commercial and public buildings lay empty – many will remain this way for some time. Dormant buildings can create the perfect breeding ground for legionella bacteria, the precursor to the potentially deadly Legionnaire’s disease. As businesses welcome […]

Returning to work safely

25th June 2020

Many people are coming back to the workplace since lockdown restrictions were eased on the 4th July. Businesses must make sure that employees can return to work safely. To make this transition as smooth as possible, feeling safe in the work environment is key to the success of the ‘new normal’. There are many things […]

Locked down buildings need more than flushing to ensure water quality

20th May 2020

Sky News have reported that ‘Businesses told to flush out water supply before reopening to avoid potentially deadly Legionella bacteria’. Toby Hunt from Guardian Water Treatment is urging responsible parties to proceed with caution when it comes to this task. The article from 20th May detailed guidance by Public Health England (PHE) for the ‘regular […]

Locked down but not forgotten

16th April 2020

Don’t ignore essential legionella treatment in abandoned buildings The COVID 19 crisis has left UK businesses in a state of limbo with the advice to work from home where possible. Many commercial buildings now lie empty and the return of people is not likely for a number of weeks. When it comes to the water […]