In May 2020 the British Standards Institution launched a new British Standard, BS8680:2020 entitled “Water quality—Water safety plans—Code of practice”. This document sets out the benefits of having a Water safety Plan to manage the water used on a site or in a building. In its Introduction it describes a Water Safety Plan as: A […]
Do you have a “Water Safety Plan” to help manage your site?
Preventing Legionnaires’ disease article in “Waterline” magazine
Nigel Richardson’s article published in Waterline magazine
Managing water systems during a shutdown
Many businesses and buildings are suffering from an enforced shutdown, but these notes apply equally to any building or business that stops its activities for one week or more. This could include educational establishments out of term time, companies who have a shutdown in holiday seasons as well as the enforced shutdown caused by the […]
World Hearing Day 3rd March
To prepare for World Hearing Day why not check out our online Noise Awareness training course to see how you can manage noise at work
What’s lurking in your Hospital sink drain?
Have you ever wondered what is in a sink drain, read on to find out…
L8 4th Edition states: “Employing contractors or consultants does not absolve the dutyholder of responsibility for ensuring that control procedures are carried out to the standard required to prevent the proliferation of legionella bacteria. Dutyholders should make reasonable enquiries to satisfy themselves of the competence of contractors in the area of work before they enter […]
Water Treatment Glossary
ACID A chemical compound whose aqueous solution turns blue litmus paper red, reacts with and dissolves certain metals to form salts, and reacts with bases to produce salts and water. They are capable of transferring a hydrogen ion (proton) in solution. ACUTE Describes a severe and often dangerous condition in which relatively rapid changes occur. […]
What is corrosion?
The above figure shows a typical corrosion cell for iron and its chemical reactions. Corrosion is a natural process that is thermodynamically preferable for the metal concerned as it attempts to return from a high energy state (manufactured metals required a large amount of energy create them) to a low energy natural state i.e. the […]
Testing for Legionella and Pseudomonas in the presence of copper and silver
Testing for Legionella is covered by BS7592 but in the presence of copper/silver biocides this may be incorrect. Find out why in this article.
What are CPE?
The picture above is taken from the world Health Organisation guidelines on preventing CPE infections. Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) are Gram-negative bacteria that are resistant to the carbapenem class of antibiotics, considered the drugs of last resort for such infections. Every healthy person has bacteria in their gut, they do no harm in your gut and […]