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Legionella Testing for Dental Practices

What is Legionnaire’s Disease?

A potentially fatal form of bacterial pneumonia that is common in natural water sources


Who is at risk?

  • Everyone is susceptible to infection

the risk increases with age but some people are at higher risk including:

  • People over 45 years of age
  • Smokers and heavy drinkers
  • People suffering from chronic respiratory or kidney disease
  • Anyone with an impaired immune system

Your responsibilities

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance states that if you are an employer or someone in control of premises you must understand the health risks associated with Legionella and control any risks. You must understand how to:


  • Identify and assess sources of risk
  • Manage any risks
  • Prevent or control any risks
  • Keep and maintain appropriate records
  • Carry out any other duties of care including regular water testing

Risk assessment  - Specific guidance for Dental Practices and Surgeries

Recent scientific evidence has highlighted the potential dangers of Legionella bacterial found in Dental Unit Water Lines (DUWLs) and with that comes a responsibility to ensure regular water testing within your dental practice or surgery.


Regularly reviewing your risk assessment and water testing (especially if there have been changes to the water system and DUWLs) will ensure that you can take any necessary action in a timely way.


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Many of your dental patients will fall into the ‘higher risk’ category.


In a dental practice or surgery environment, transmission of the legionella bacteria is largely associated with water droplets (aerosol) from high-speed dental instruments. Masks may serve to protect the dental staff but the patient may be left exposed.


A Smart Solution


By regularly testing your hot water system using a testing kit from Smartwater Testing you can ensure that you are following the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Approved Code of Practice (ACOP).


Contact the team at Smartwater Testing today for further details or follow our 3 simple steps to:

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