Legionella risks because of water stagnation during the coronavirus outbreak
Building closure or reduced occupancy can increase the risks of Legionnaires’ disease.
Employers, the self-employed and people in control of premises, such as landlords, have a duty to identify and control risks associated with legionella.
If your building was closed or has reduced occupancy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease. This may particularly affect:
- Hot and cold water systems
- Cooling towers and evaporative condensers
- Commercial spa pools and hot tubs
For detailed guidance on Legionella and safer working during the coronavirus outbreak visit the HSE website.