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No lockdown for Legionella
Getting Back to Work
14 April 2020

John Herbert, hong kong energy saving expert, BEAM expert
John Herbert

During the lockdown thousands of workplaces, restaurants, offices, factories and buildings are empty, remember that means the drainage systems may have dried out "U" traps, plumbing systems may contain hot water heaters and potable water piping may contain stagnating water, whirlpool spa, or jacuzzi may contain stagnant water, and building air conditioning cooling towers may contain stagnant condenser water.

Therefore, risking the ciculation and dissemination of the potentially fatal Legionella bacteria in your building.

We cannot list every possibile risk here, every building is different, therefore its essential that the employer organises a risk assessment for planning your start up.

Your plan needs to review and prepare an action plan to mitigate risks to ensure that all the systems are cleansed and checked BEFORE restarting, that means managers need advance notice, before for the opening date, to facilitate a safe start up procedure.

About the Author

John Herbert is a veteran chief engineer with more than 30 years international engineering experience, educated in the United Kingdom, he has worked in the United Kingdom and then across Asia for more than two decades engaged by international and local companies. He is a Hong Kong Registered Energy Assessor (REA), a BEAM Professional, and stationed in Hong Kong.


tags: stagnant, restart, legionella, air conditioning cooling towers, spas, pool, plumbing, hot water heaters, water piping, after lockdown, start-up
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date: 15-04-21
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