If you have had to close down your buildings, or fewer people are using your buildings during the current crisis, it’s important to ensure that your premises are safe for when your employees return to work. 

Simply put, legionella bacteria growth can occur in standing water in unused water systems. The HSE, in its Technical Guidance HSG274 Part 2, states that “where a building, part of a building or water system is taken out of use, it should be managed so that microbial growth, including legionella in the water, is appropriately controlled.” 
The advice is that: 
- You should continue to flush your water systems regularly to maintain good circulation and avoid stagnation 
- Aim to keep your hot water hot, your cold water cold and keep the water moving and keep it clean 
- If you are not able to do any of the above, your water systems should be recommissioned as though they were new, before the building is occupied again. 
- You should also update your Legionella Risk Assessment to reflect any changes. 
If you are not sure about your commercial insurance policies, please call HI Commercial on 01482 247 477 for peace of mind that you will be protected at all costs. At your service, at your side – commercial insurance with a personal touch. 
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