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LCA's Q&A COVID-19

6th April 2020 Q&A from LCA Members Over the last few weeks, we have received many questions from LCA members regarding safe management of water systems during the COVID-19 outbreak.  We have put together the following questions and answers that may help others in similar situations. As with all of the LCA guidance, please share with your clients and anybody else you feel would benefit from it. Q1 – What guidance has been issued by the HSE? A1 – The HSE has issued s

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Advice for LCA Members Taking Legionella Samples

26th March 2020 The LCA hosted a conference call on the 25/03/20 for legionella testing laboratories, both LCA members and non-members, to discuss common issues and share good practice during the COVID-19 outbreak.  A number of important issues emerged that LCA members and laboratory users should be aware of: • The laboratories are currently all open and processing samples as normal • Laboratories are committed to reporting everything they receive  • Laboratory staff should be considered key workers as they are part of the supply chai

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Safe Management of Water Systems in Buildings During the COVID-19 Outbreak

25th March 2020 We have been asked by a number of LCA members what the expectation is for management of water systems during this period of COVID-19 precautions.  The Health and Safety at Work Act still applies and Dutyholders must be taking reasonably practicable steps to control risk from legionella throughout this time.  Dutyholders implicated in an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease resulting from actions taken for COVID-19 precautions are not likely to have any exemption from prosecution.   The LCA cannot make sweeping statements about what is critic

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Key Worker Interpretation from the LCA

24 March 2020 We have received many requests for clarification on the Government rules on key workers over the last few days.  The LCA cannot give a firm definition on this because the Government has not and there remain many gaps in, what is, an evolving policy.  As a membership organisation, we can try to help our members by giving our interpretation of the rules and how they apply to our industry.  While this interpretation may help, there are no guarantees that it will be accepted by Government and Government rules may change or tighten further. Th

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Critical Services Provision Advice for LCA Members During the COVID-19 Outbreak

20th March 2020 We have been asked by several members for advice around provision of critical legionella control services during any ‘lockdown’ period due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Critical legionella services may be evaporative cooling, vital water treatment feeding healthcare water systems or any other application where failure to attend may result in a risk to health in the short term.  Every system must be considered on its own merits and an assessment of risk made. The LCA is in contact with our HSE and LA EHO colleagues but collectively we have

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