Food and safety advice for businesses

Legionella risk during the pandemic

Legionella is a type of bacterium that can grow in water supply systems.  In normal times this growth is controlled by things such as the regular flow of water through pipework and by keeping hot water above a temperature where the bacterium cannot grow.

Inhaling droplets of water containing the bacterium can lead to an infection of the lungs which can develop into serious pneumonia in certain people.

Many businesses and premises that have been closed during the pandemic are now planning to reopen.

If the water supply in your premises has not been used for a number of weeks there is a risk that Legionella may have been able to grow.

If you are an employer or a landlord you have a legal duty to control the risk of legionella in your premises.

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