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Book Accredited Legionella Testing in Colchester

Guardian Hygiene Services are top providers of Legionella testing in Colchester. We can come to your property or properties, domestic or commercial, at your convenience to carry out essential services that keep you protected and legally compliant. 

Speak to our specialist advisors for more information or fill out a simple form to book your Legionella testing in Colchester.

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    Detecting Legionella in hot and cold water systems is a vital part of preventing its proliferation. This waterborne bacteria, when allowed to reach large counts, can cause illness in humans when breathed in. In some at-risk groups, it can lead to potentially fatal cases of Legionnaires’ disease. 

    Because of these dangers, it is a legal requirement to ensure you have taken the necessary precautions to protect all hot and cold water systems from Legionella. This is under the HSE’s Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

    If you fall under any of the following, it is your responsibility to ensure risks are assessed and water is tested for Legionella bacteria:

    • Employer
    • Landlord
    • Building manager
    • Duty holder
    • Anyone involved in health and safety management

    How We Test For Legionella

    Our Legionella testing in Colchester is complemented by our full range of Legionella prevention and management services:

    We test for water hygiene, water temperature, and take samples across your system as part of our comprehensive Legionella risk assessment. Our Legionella testing in Colchester is completed on-site:

    1. Book your appointment and one of our accredited technicians will attend your site to inspect your water system, testing water temperatures with UKAS-calibrated thermometers and taking samples.
    1. We send samples we’ve taken to UKAS laboratories for efficient, accurate testing. 
    1. When results are in, we send them to you in a comprehensive report which explains all findings and gives guidance on relevant remedial actions. Our reports include no-obligation quotes for these.

    What Happens Next?

    Figures will be presented as colony-forming units per litre (cfu/l). If this figure exceeds 100 cfu/l, your water systems need further investigation. Higher than 1,000 cfu/l, immediate remedial action must be taken.

    We can then help you implement a full Legionella control scheme to get your water systems completely compliant, and can book in further Legionella testing down the line.

    Which Water Systems Need Legionella Testing?

    Legionella is so dangerous because of how easily it grows and spreads:

    • Stagnancy: Legionella favours stagnant water. If a water system is not flushed regularly, it can become a breeding ground for Legionella. This particularly affects water storage tanks.
    • Temperature: The optimal temperature window for Legionella growth is between 35°C and 45°C, though it can proliferate at any temperature between 20°C and 45°C.
    • Nutrition: Scale, sediment, and other bacteria provide ample nutrition for Legionella to feed on and spread.
    • Aerosol release: This is the term for tiny water droplets that are released by some water systems in the form of spray or mist, which are then breathed in.

    While these conditions can be found in any water system, those in particular need of testing and attention include:

    • Hot and cold water taps
    • Shower heads
    • Air conditioning units
    • Medical equipment like dentist water lines
    • Humidifiers
    • Spa pools
    • Cooling towers

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    Why Our Expertise Is So Trusted

    We have helped countless clients achieve Legionella compliance with our comprehensive services. All of our technicians are highly trained and hold accreditations from, and memberships of:

    • Legionella Control Association
    • CHAS
    • Constructionline
    • SafeContractor

    Our methods are industry-approved and we are always fully up-to-date with the latest legislation and advances in Legionella testing technology. All technicians carry out work in line with Government guidelines ACOP L8 and HSG274, so you can be assured of its compliance and effectiveness.

    We are the trusted Legionella people.

    You Need to Take Action to Protect Your Water Systems

    If you do not arrange for a Legionella risk assessment in Colchester, you risk causing dangerous outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease. If an outbreak is traced back to your water systems and there is no evidence that you took necessary precautions, you also face a hefty fine and site closure.

    Book our trusted Legionella services for your Colchester site to avoid illness and legal action.

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