The warning comes as an outcome of lockdown - with many buildings left largely empty and water systems not/under used. It also come following the HSE reporting on a possible outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in West Bromwich.
While it is certainly a good idea to check your policies for such exclusions, the other key element to highlight is making sure that your water systems are operating safely and so avoiding this potential issue in the first place.
Since the pandemic and lockdown started, we’ve been actively providing information on managing Legionella and also other areas such as fire, health and safety and air quality. All the information is available to review and use on our website https://www.assurityconsulting.co.uk/knowledge
Our UKAS accredited laboratory analysis of the 1,000s of samples we’ve collected on behalf of customers since March 2020, actually presents a much more positive picture, with over 99% of test identifying “Legionella not detected” and actual numbers being detected being no different to that seen in the similar period over the last two years. Bearing in mind the analysis was over the summer months and so traditionally when we see most cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the UK.
There is no substitute for proactive and proportionate management and independent support and advice of course.