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Life of a Water Sample

Life of a Water Sample

A common surprise for many clients is that even a mains water supply contains bacteria. Many people assume that, because water is safe to drink, it is sterile – but this is not the case.  Water companies have a duty to ensure that the water they provide is fit to consume by removing all harmful bacteria - but non-harmful bacteria will remain. With non-harmful bacteria in our domestic systems, water quality can become an issue if it can breed. To confirm the health of your water system, one method includes the microbiological testing of your water systems.…

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History of Legionella

History of Legionella

With 496 UK cases reported in 2016, Legionnaires’ disease continues to be a major health concern in the UK. Caused by the inhalation of Legionella bacteria which can be present in a diverse range of water systems, Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia that was first discovered after an outbreak in 1976.…

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Taking a look at EU Biocidal Product Legislation

Taking a look at EU Biocidal Product Legislation

Navigating the health and safety legislation surrounding the use of biocides can sometimes be a daunting task, with legal jargon and heavy wording complicating an already testing subject matter. Jon Fielder, technical director for Water Treatment Equipment, Environment & Safety, SOCOTEC, breaks through the noise to decipher what you need to know about the EU Biocidal Products Legislation.…

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No Need to Compromise on Resource Efficiency When It Comes to Water Treatment

No Need to Compromise on Resource Efficiency When It Comes to Water Treatment

This article first appeared in the June issue of Building Services and Environmental Engineer (BSEE) Magazine. Mick Pratt, commercial director, Water, Built Environment Services, SOCOTEC, explores how duty holders of commercial and other public buildings can ensure water systems in their care not only meet safety requirements but also boost resource efficiency.…

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Who is Responsible for Managing Your Water Systems?

Who is Responsible for Managing Your Water Systems?

Legionella bacteria are common in nature and can easily colonise and proliferate in man-made environments such as hot and cold water systems, but how do you manage this risk? Paul Sear, water hygiene technical manager, Built Environment Services, SOCOTEC, explains the importance of training.…

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Better L8 than never...Revision to Legionella Control in Water Systems

After more than 13 years, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has finally updated its guidance for legionella management and control, with the revision of ‘Legionnaires’ disease: The control of legionella bacteria in water system Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L8’ and publication of the new ‘Technical Guidance HSG 274’. In our latest blog, Paul Sear, technical manager at SOCOTEC discusses the changes and explains what organisations need to know.…

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