Legionella Risk Assessment, Sterilisation, Testing, Analysis and Interpretation, Galway Laboratory | CLS

By: Complete Lab Solutions  05/12/2011
Keywords: Tank Sterilisation

Employers’ Responsibility and Guidelines:

Under occupational health and safety legislation* there is a legal obligation on employers to carry out a risk assessment in relation to Legionella prevention and control in the workplace.

*Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Biological Agents) Regulation, 1994 as amended in 1998. Regulation 4

As requested by the Department of Health and Children in 2003, a Scientific Advisory Committee was set up by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre with the goal of reviewing current guidelines in Ireland for the control of Legionellosis.

This document “National Guidelines for the control of Legionellosis in Ireland, 2009” has recently been published and outlines the measures for all institutions in Ireland for Legionella Control. Although adapted from the L8 standard there may be some items of change that you may wish note, particularly with regards to Risk Assessments, Sampling and Training.

Our Service:

Our Clients:

• Public Buildings
• Retail/Food Processing
• Water Distribution Pipes
• Gyms
• Canteens
• Hotels
• Office Blocks
• Primary Care / Crèches / Nursing Homes
• Pipe & Tank Commissioning
• Hospitals / 3rd Level Institutes / Schools
• Consultants
• County Councils / Group Schemes

Typical Areas of Application:

• Potable water (i.e. drinking water)
• Drench Showers
• Process Water
• Spraying Systems
• Water used for washing hands
• Water tankers
• Water used for cleaning equipment
• Supplying eye wash stations
• Food preparation
• Water reservoirs/Calorifiers
• Cooling water & condensate
• Stagnant areas in storage systems
• Nebulisers/shower heads
• Humidifiers / AHU’s 

Areas of application also include analysis for and control of the following:
• Infection Control
• Cross Contamination
• Contamination
• Decontamination 

Bacterial Contaminants associated with Water systems:

  • Comprehensive accredited testing
  • Conducting an initial site survey and advising clients of their particular risk management
  • Comprehensive pipe and tank sterilisation (including shower heads)
  • Verifying the procedure by accredited tests and issuing of a certificate on completion
  • Routine microbial sampling and temperature monitoring
  • Responding to outbreaks or emergency sterilisation (crisis management)
  • Fast turnaround of results/ online results
  • Training on Legionella management & control

Keywords: Tank Sterilisation

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