Legionella Testing Service
Legionnaires disease is a potentially fatal infection with members of the bacterial genus Legionella. The disease is caught by the inhalation of droplets of water from water systems containing the organism at high levels. Although Legionnaires disease is relatively rare, other, less serious, infections also occur, such as Pontiac Fever and Lochgoilhead Fever. The true numbers of Legionella infections are not known but the detected outbreaks attract massive publicity and could cause system operators to be prosecuted for serious offences. The HSE publishes guidance on Legionella control and Legionella Testing, known as L8. Complying with L8 helps you to comply with the law.
*If you are looking to test water for Legionella you can now buy Legionella sampling kits including UKAS analysis in our online shop Here
Legionella Analysis & Control
We have taken a deliberate decision to be a Centre of Excellence for legionella control, and this is one of the reasons why we are the only UK water treatment company to have its own in-house laboratory accredited by UKAS to carry out legionella analysis & legionnaires testing services. As a further differentiator Feedwater are now one of the only labs in the country to have a qPCR machine for Legionella analysis in under 24hrs! We are legionella experts and our laboratory is always one of the top performers in the HPA EQA scheme.
This means that you can not only be confident of the accuracy of the test results, but also be assured that they will be available in the shortest
possible time, with the appropriate interpretation available both from highly-qualified laboratory personnel and our technical service team.
24Hr Results for Legionella Testing
As well as the standard CULTURE method which is accredited by UKAS, we also offer the qPCR rapid screening method that can potentially provide legionella testing results on the day the sample comes in! This is particularly useful in a high risk situation or when a quick answer is required such as for cooling towers or the hotel industry where waiting for news of a negative result can mean rooms out of use for over a week.
So if you want to organise Legionella sampling, or you are worried about Legionnaires’ Disease then Contact Us today.
*The HSE publication “Legionnaires’ Disease: The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems – Approved Code of Practice and Guidance (L8)”, states that legionella testing should only be undertaken by laboratories which are accredited to do so by UKAS and who take part in the Health Protection Agency external quality assessment scheme.