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Legionella Testing for Schools & Nurseries

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 the correct records
  • carry out any other duties of care including regular water testing

Risk assessment  - Specific guidance for schools

The regular usage and turnover of water in most schools means that the risk of contamination is generally considered to be low. However it is important that schools check the water outlets (at least weekly) during the school holidays to minimise the risk of stagnation.


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


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An increasing number of your pupils will fall into the ‘higher risk’ category as the number of children diagnosed with asthma and other bronchial conditions continues to increase.

In a school environment, especially those that inhabit older buildings, the sheer amount of pipe work can lead to an accumulation of 'dead legs' and stagnant water. These provide ideal conditions for Legionella bacteria to thrive.


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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