Water & Air Hygiene Services
Our air and water hygiene services help businesses to ensure health and safety compliance and improve their operational sustainability and efficiency. Whether you need a one-time check of water hygiene or you’d like regular maintenance of your air ventilation systems, we can provide you with a flexible and effective solution.
Air hygiene quality assessments
Air quality in particular has become an essential part of the fight against COVID-19. A study by the British Medical Journal has concluded that ‘short-term exposure to air pollution is associated with acute respiratory infection hospital admission’. This study, among others, has led to scientists urging the Government to focus efforts on better air quality initiatives to help tackle coronavirus.
Even before COVID-19 made air hygiene a priority, it was still important to have good air circulation in workplaces. Good air ventilation controls odours and dilutes gases such as carbon dioxide. Having clean, fresh air circulating through a workplace will also increase the productivity of employees and boost their wellbeing.
Tempus has over ten years of experience providing air hygiene services in buildings of all sizes. Whether you manage an office block with ten floors or a single shop floor, we can ensure that your staff, visitors and customers benefit from proper air ventilation.
Our team can perform a thorough and efficient assessment of your current air hygiene and suggest improvements where necessary to make sure you are complying with health and safety regulations.
Legionella Risk Assessments
Legionella bacteria can cause a number of diseases including Pontiac Fever, Lochgoilhead fever and most seriously, Legionnaires' disease. Legionnaires' disease is a form of pneumonia that can potentially be fatal. The risk increases with age, but everyone is susceptible to being infected by the legionella bacteria.
Legionella bacteria usually grow in natural water sources, such as rivers, ponds and lakes. But in these natural environments, it’s rare for people to fall susceptible to the bacteria. It’s more likely that purpose-built water systems such as cooling towers, hot and cold water systems and evaporative condensers will lead to an outbreak.
Legionella can be contracted by inhaling small droplets of water that contain the bacteria. Your water systems may be at an increased risk of growing the bacteria if:
- The water temperature in your systems is between 20°C and 45°C
- You have a water tower or water outlet that disperses water droplets
- Your water systems store and recirculate water
- You do not regularly clean your water systems and pipes. Rust, sludge and other organic matter can promote the growth of legionella bacteria
In light of COVID-19, taking every precaution to prevent the spread of disease is a priority. Having a clean and safe working environment is essential to complying with health and safety and creating a comfortable space for your team members. As many businesses are only just beginning to welcome back employees to the office, it’s more important than ever to get ahead of the curve when it comes to cleanliness.
Tempus can provide you with a thorough risk assessment of your building to identify potential hazards that could lead to a legionella outbreak. We can review your water systems to make sure none of them is allowing the growth of legionella bacteria or any other harmful pathogens. We can also schedule planned maintenance and visit your site during idle hours so we keep up a consistent schedule with minimal disruption.
Descaling and Chlorination
Regular cleaning and maintenance may be necessary as part of an employer’s responsibility to control the risk of legionellosis and other water-borne bacteria. Care homes and healthcare businesses have a greater responsibility to prevent legionella bacteria from growing as the inhabitants of these properties are at a higher risk.
Chlorination is an effective response to legionella and the process should be regularly conducted to prevent the bacteria from growing. In order to comply with health and safety, business owners in the healthcare industry often opt for an annual clean and disinfection.
During this annual clean, Tempus can provide maintenance and basic repairs on your water systems to make sure they remain in good working order. This can include sealing corrosion on metal tanks and installing lids or screens if necessary. We can take on full responsibility for the upkeep of your water systems and make sure that you comply with water safety health and safety. This removes the stress of cleaning from your team members and allows you to shift your focus to other aspects of your business.
Sampling and analysis
Water sampling and analysis is crucial in identifying contaminated water sources in a workplace. Buildings that have been vacant for extended periods and haven’t been regularly cleaned might have become home to bacteria, microbes and harmful pathogens. If any of these bacteria are water-born, then this could pose a risk to any staff, visitors or customers who return to the building when it reopens.
Tempus can provide your building with rapid water quality parameter testing to identify instances of contamination. Depending on how quickly you need to reopen and whether your building has been vacant or only partially open during the lockdown, we can tailor our services to meet your specific needs. We can check for specific contaminants in water and deliver our findings with a fast turnaround time to get you up and running as soon as possible.
Routine temperature monitoring
Checking the temperature of hot and cold water systems is an effective measure that can be taken to prevent the risk of legionellosis. If the temperature allows it to do so, legionella bacteria will grow and spread in both hot and cold man-made water systems.
However, the process of checking water systems must be performed in the correct way to ensure compliance. The results should be recorded and used to manage the risk of legionellosis and assess the control processes in place.
Water safety monitoring should be carried out in accordance with the Code of Practice approved by the Health and Safety Executive. To make sure that your routine temperature monitoring is being performed correctly, feel free to contact our team. We can assess the way you are currently monitoring your water temperature to make sure it’s complying with the relevant regulations. Or we can take on the task ourselves and make sure every hot and cold water system on your premises is health and safety compliant.