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Is your water legionella free?

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It’s surprising how frequently we read press reports about sports premises suffering problems with their water systems. How certain are you that your water supply is clean, healthy, uncontaminated and legally compliant?

Are you clear on water?

You must have a safe, clean domestic water supply in order to safeguard your members, guests and employees. Your water tanks are one place you really don’t want a birdie.  They must be sound, clean and free from vermin and other pollutants, in order to ensure a clean water supply.  When did you last check or clean them?

Cold water tanks must also be adequately screened from sunlight and solar heat gain in order to prevent the formation of bacteria such as legionella. We clean, disinfect, restore and maintain water tanks so you can be confident that your domestic water is safe and healthy for everyone to use.

Avoid a Legionella outbreak

You must be equally confident that your piped water supply is clean and free from potentially deadly legionella bacteria. This means ensuring that your risk assessment is up to date and remedying any areas in the pipework where water can remain static and encourage the formation of legionella bacteria.

We are L8 approved and can provide testing for legionella as well as an accurate risk assessment. Within your domestic water supply to kitchens and washrooms, we can perform remedial work to remove pipework ‘dead-legs’ and rectify any areas where water is not flowing freely.

For ongoing compliance, we can provide basic training in monitoring for legionella, and ensure that you know how to flush the domestic water system through following periods when it hasn’t been used, in order to ensure a fresh, uncontaminated water supply.

Legionella control – don’t ignore it

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Legionella control is an area that many care home operators find difficult to manage, yet the elderly and those with underlying health problems are among the most susceptible to contracting Legionnaire’s disease, a pneumonia-like illness, with a potentially fatal outcome.

Legionella bacteria is found naturally in freshwater rivers, streams and lakes and can form in water tanks and pipework. You might think that in a busy care home water never becomes stagnant but this just isn’t so. If rooms are unoccupied or bathrooms unused for several days, either in the event of a death or because residents are on holiday or visiting family, there is potential for legionella to develop. We see outbreaks of it in hospitals and care homes all too frequently.

A legionella outbreak could have serious consequences for those in your care, but it means serious trouble for you too. If there’s an illness or fatality attributed to legionella, you could be liable to prosecution if you cannot prove that you have complied with your responsibilities. Not being aware of them will not be a defence in law. You could face prosecution; even for corporate manslaughter in the event of a fatality. If convicted in a Crown Court, you could be facing a prison sentence and/or a limitless fine, which could run into millions of pounds.

If your business depends on good water hygiene, you can’t afford not to speak to an expert.

All our compliance technicians are trained to L8, BSRIA and CIBSE guidelines, which are the recognised industry standards for legionella control. We can guide you through compliance by providing a full risk assessment and any remedial work needed to bring your premises up to standard. We provide on-going legionella control and leave you with comprehensive records to demonstrate that you’ve done all that is expected of you. We help you to comply, and we make sure you can prove that you’ve complied. One day, you may need to.

Contact us now.

Clean air, happy guests

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Clean air, happy guests

By providing expert ventilation cleaning, Swiftclean’s services help you to comply and allow you to focus on the many other priorities that draw on your attention, safe in the knowledge that you are safeguarding guests and employees alike and meeting Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations.

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Kitchen extract ductwork – A hidden fire risk?

The restaurant kitchens at your golf club are central to its success, but they come with a particular hidden risk. Cooking produces airborne fat, oil and grease (FOG), resulting in the formation of grease deposits on the inside of the kitchen extract ductwork which are a serious fire hazard.

Award-winning Swiftclean is one of the UK’s leading specialist Kitchen Extract Fire Safety Cleaning experts, providing full compliance with TR/19, the leading industry document covering ductwork cleaning. Failure to have ductwork professionally cleaned by a specialist, to remove grease deposits, can be perceived as negligence in the eyes of the law, leaving you open to prosecution and uninsured.

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Pouring compliance on cold water

Although golf clubs have many members and guests, all will share the same water supply and, therefore, the same water borne risks. Numerous types of bacteria can be present in water, including the potentially fatal Legionella; neglected tanks are extremely high risk areas for the spread of disease. When conditions in water systems are allowed to deteriorate, legionella and other bacteria can proliferate.

Swiftclean offers water tank compliance services to ensure your system is safe and remains compliant with L8, the approved code of practice and guidance for the control of legionella bacteria in water systems. Maintaining compliance requires regular inspection, the correct standard of cleaning, ongoing monitoring and, where necessary, full refurbishment or replacement of sub-standard water tanks. Swiftclean provides expert support in all of these areas.

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Water systems – all clear?

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If your water system has been altered in any way since your last legionella risk assessment, either by removing a sink, basin, or shower, or adding any new facilities, you must, by law, have a new risk assessment. And if your water system is left for several weeks at a time without being used, as it may well be during holiday periods, it is vulnerable to infiltration by legionella bacteria. Do you know how to flush the system through to avoid legionella outbreaks?

Your water tanks must also be cleaned and maintained at regular intervals so that the microscopic water droplets, which are inevitably breathed in when washrooms are in use, are completely harmless.

We can help you establish a strict legionella control regime, from risk assessment to water testing; and we can train your team to keep compliance current too. Tap into our resources by calling 0800 012 5482.

Swiftclean – clear water between you and the law

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Legionella Control

Legionella breeds and multiplies in tepid, static water, which can be found in pipework, plumbing and water storage tanks. Failure to comply with L8 can lead to an outbreak of the potentially fatal Legionnaire’s disease, which can result in limitless fines, prosecution and, in the event of fatality, a possible custodial sentence. Swiftclean’s expert legionella control services allow building managers to focus on the many other priorities that require their attention, reassured that HSE guidelines are fully met and their compliance monitored.

Swiftclean Building Services offers a complete Legionella control, risk assessment, and water system monitoring service, tailored to the specific needs of pubs and restaurants. With our team’s expert assistance you can eliminate and control legionella bacteria, becoming and remaining L8 compliant. Swiftclean specialists will assess your water system, eliminate dead-legs in pipework (which might harbour static water), and put in place a strong regime of regular monitoring, providing log books to document your legionella control measures.

Swiftclean is one of the UK’s leading specialists in Legionella Control Risk Assessment, providing full compliance with L8 guidelines for legionella control. Prevention is always better than cure, so call us now on 0800 114 3822. Not sure if your pub or restaurant is compliant? Take a look at our handy compliance checker and discover whether you need to take immediate action.

Drinking your health

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Compliance with L8 is the best way to guard against outbreaks of legionella in water systems – the last thing you want for Christmas, or any other time. Ensuring that you have a current, relevant legionella risk assessment in place, and that any issues within the water system have been rectified, means you can approach the festive season with peace of mind.

Although, due to increased temperatures, the summer represents the biggest danger for legionella outbreaks, there is no time of the year when you can truly relax if your water system has dead legs or static areas, or if your water tank is contaminated or requires maintenance.

Autumn and winter are excellent times to take stock of your water system and to ensure that you have a relevant, up to date legionella risk assessment. This is also the perfect time to find out whether the water tank has become contaminated over the summer, either by ingress of vermin or bacteria, or by the interior of the tank itself breaking down.

It’s a good idea to bring in an expert, preferably a member of the Legionella Control Association like Swiftclean, to check that you have a clean, sound water tank and a freely moving water supply, and to create a risk assessment which will help to ensure L8 compliance and peace of mind. If maintenance has been carried out, or water has been tested, you should also have fully documented evidence of this from your legionella control expert. This is a service that we always provide. Check out our Legionella compliance pages here.

Legionella Control

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Legionella breeds and multiplies in tepid, static water, which is more likely to be found in extensive pipework, plumbing and water storage tanks. Failure to comply with L8 can lead to an outbreak of the potentially fatal Legionnaire’s disease, which can result in limitless fines, prosecution and, in the event of fatality, a possible custodial sentence. Swiftclean’s expert legionella control services allow building managers to focus on the many other priorities that require their attention, reassured that HSE guidelines are fully met and their compliance monitored.
Swiftclean Building Services offers a complete Legionella control, risk assessment and water system monitoring service, tailored to the specific needs of the leisure industry. With our team’s expert assistance you can eliminate and control legionella bacteria, becoming and remaining L8 compliant. Swiftclean specialists will assess your water system, eliminate dead-legs in pipework (which might harbour static water), and put in place a strong regime of regular monitoring, providing log books to document your legionella control measures.

Swiftclean is one of the UK’s leading specialists in Legionella Control Risk Assessment, providing full compliance with L8 guidelines for legionella control. Prevention is always better than cure, so call us now on 0800 114 3722. Not sure if your hotel, stadium or leisure facility is compliant? Take a look at our handy compliance checker and discover whether you need to take immediate action.

Water, water everywhere – but is it safe?

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A healthy water system is vital all year round, but it’s absolutely essential to inspect, clean and comply in summer – because warmer weather means more risk of legionella. In many public or communal buildings, water is contained in large tanks, often sited on rooftops. In the warmer months the temperature of the water also rises. Couple this with a shut down or holiday period when water is used much less and you have the perfect conditions for legionella bacteria; motionless tepid water.

If you’re wise, you’ll also regard this as the perfect timing for tank cleaning and a review of your water system to make sure it complies with the HSE’s 2013 third edition of L8. Not sure if it does? Try our compliance checker here. Still worried? Call us now on 0800 114 3832.

Clean water saves lives

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Schools are particularly prone to Legionella issues because of the shutdown periods between terms when the building’s water system isn’t in use.  The spring and summer holidays offer a particular opportunity for Legionella bacteria to grow in static, tepid water – these are the perfect conditions for it to breed.

The holiday period is perfect timing for Swiftclean’s water tank cleaning and legionella prevention services which comply with L8 guidelines.  Our operatives will make sure your risk assessment is up to date and will, clean, test and flush your system to keep it healthy.  You can check your compliance here.  Don’t know if you comply or not?  Give us a call on 0800 114 3696 .