New con­tract for wa­ter safety ex­perts

Leek Post & Times - - BUSINESS WEEKLY - By David Broome [email protected]­

LEGIONELLA spe­cial­ists SAS Wa­ter Ltd has re­cently won new con­tracts to en­sure wa­ter safety across the busi­ness, lo­cal au­thor­ity and so­cial hous­ing sec­tors.

The Leek-based busi­ness has dou­bled its staffing lev­els in re­cent years and stepped up train­ing, to raise aware­ness of the need to act against po­ten­tially fa­tal Le­gion­naires’ Dis­ease.

Re­cent con­tract wins have in­cluded work for ma­jor build­ing firm Bal­four Beatty, An­gle­sey County Coun­cil and In­com­mu­ni­ties, a Brad­ford based so­cial hous­ing group, which alone has over 22,000 prop­er­ties.

SAS Wa­ter is re­spon­si­ble for car­ry­ing-out reg­u­lar wa­ter mon­i­tor­ing and test­ing for around 80 busi­nesses and is also ap­proached by com­pa­nies to solve safety is­sues or on a re­ac­tive ba­sis fol­low­ing an out­break.

Elizabeth Ward, man­ag­ing direc­tor, said: “We work across many in­dus­tries and re­cent con­tract wins are a demon­stra­tion of this.

“The Bal­four Beatty work in­volves re­view­ing and up­dat­ing their pol­icy and man­age­ment struc­ture for legionella con­trol across their per­ma­nent es­tates, the An­gle­sey con­tract is for wa­ter safety across their whole port­fo­lio in­clud­ing of­fices and leisure fa­cil­i­ties and In­com­mu­ni­ties in­volves safety across the hous­ing sec­tor, in­clud­ing shel­tered hous­ing”.

“Wa­ter safety is a chal­lenge across ev­ery sec­tor as all busi­nesses have a duty un­der the law to mon­i­tor and un­der­stand risk caused by their wa­ter sys­tems.

“The Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive says there were 448 recorded cases of Le­gion­naires’ Dis­ease in the UK in 2017 (Pub­lic Health Eng­land, Monthly Legionella Re­ports).

“A fur­ther growth area for our busi­ness is the ho­tel, hol­i­day lets and spa sec­tor. Many busi­nesses from ma­jor ho­tels to farm hol­i­day lets have in­vested in fa­cil­i­ties such as spas and hot tubs and they have a duty to the safety of guests and staff.

“If we just look at nearby areas, such as Stafford­shire, Shrop­shire and the West Mid­lands, there have been re­cent re­ports of Le­gion­naires’ Dis­ease at ho­tels in Bur­ton, Lud­low and Wolver­hamp­ton, so the risk is clear.”

In­vest­ment in staff train­ing and cus­tomer ser­vices is driv­ing suc­cess at SAS Wa­ter. The com­pany has de­vel­oped a pro­gramme where staff carry out train­ing and aware­ness pro­grammes in com­pa­nies across the UK. “Rais­ing aware­ness is im­por­tant and can save lives,” said Elizabeth.

“There are many busi­nesses who are un­aware of their du­ties to test and pre­vent legionella.”

SAS Wa­ter has con­tin­u­ally grown in re­cent years and have in­creased their staff from three to seven en­gi­neers and added an ad­di­tional two risk as­ses­sors.

Pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures for tack­ling legionella growth can in­clude, tem­per­a­ture con­trol of the wa­ter sys­tem and in­tro­duc­ing reg­u­lar flush­ing and test­ing regimes. Legionella can re­main dor­mant in cold wa­ter below 20°C, while a hot wa­ter tem­per­a­ture, held con­sis­tently above 60°C can kill the bac­te­ria.

All com­pa­nies us­ing wa­ter sys­tems have a duty un­der the law to seek ex­pert ad­vice and to en­sure risk is con­trolled.

Elizabeth Ward.

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