Recent research looking at the growth of Legionella bacteria on stainless steel sinks and taps has shown that under certain conditions, the use of this popular metal can increase the health risks associated with the potentially life-threatening Legionnaires’ disease.
Have you ever wondered if you are more at risk of contracting Legionnaires’ disease when travelling abroad? Our experts consider this question and review recent statistics from the UK’s Health Protection Agency.
We look briefly at the first known recorded incident involving the bacterium, the link between biofilm and legionella, the influence of amoebae, what encourages growth, and what measures can be taken to control the risks, especially in water systems.
The main British Standard dealing with legionella risk assessments has recently been updated and is now titled BS 8580-1:2019. It has been updated to align it with the Health and Safety Executives ACOP L8 and other guidance documents such as HSG 274.