Understanding certain facts about legionella is essential when selecting and furthermore maintaining emergency safety showers and eyebath/facewash units. Hughes equipment is designed to minimise the risk of legionella.
“Employers are legally responsible for the health and safety of their employees and have a duty of care to the wider community,” says Tony. “The penalties for failure can be severe; the consequences can be disastrous and yet the solution is surprisingly simple.”
By understanding certain facts and the features you will be better informed to choose the right equipment.
FACTS – on legionella
- Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia.
- It occurs more frequently in men than women and usually affects middle-aged or elderly people.
- The bacterium which causes legionnaires' disease is Legionella pneumophila.
- It mainly lives in water and thrives between 20ºC and 45ºC
- People catch the disease by inhaling small droplets of water suspended in the air that contain the Legionella bacterium.
- Water storage facilities and equipment that uses water are at particular risk.
- Emergency showers and eyebath/facewash equipment should be designed to minimise this risk.
- Good maintenance is essential to avoid legionella.
FEATURES – of Hughes products to combat legionella
- pipes can be flushed effectively
- there are no ‘dead legs’ to trap water
- rust sludge cannot build up
- pipe work is galvanised both internally and externally
- nozzles can be easily removed and cleaned
ADVICE – to pass on to customers to help reduce the risk of legionella
- Keep the temperature of static water outside the 20ºC to 45ºC range
- Fit thermostats to heated water tanks to keep water below 20ºC
- Insulate tanks and pipe work to control the temperature and avoid variations
- Fit temperature gauges for an early indication of potential problems
- Only use a potable water supply
- Flush the system every week to reduce the risk of Legionella contamination and confirm that the system is operating correctly
- Dose standing water with chlorine to kill the Legionella bacteria
- Clean shower nozzles regularly
- Replace eyebath diffusers and clean the eyebath filter every six months