FEARS of Legionnaires Disease have led Solihull Council to remind business owners and those managing buildings of their maintenance responsibilities prior to reopening.
It comes as the government’s roadmap out of lockdown reaches its next stage on Monday, April 12.
Various businesses will be permitted to reopen from then and the council fears that, with many of these buildings having been empty or with reduced occupancy during lockdown that there is an increased risk of Legionella bacteria being present in the water systems.
Legionnaires disease can be caught through inhaling airborne droplets of water where the bacteria is present.
Men over 50, smokers, those with chronic lung disease or weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable.
The council is urging those responsible for building maintenance to help minimise the risk from Legionella as part of their preparations to open. All the latest advice and information is available at https://www.solihull.gov.uk/sites/default/files/2021-04/Business%20reopening%20advice%20and%20guidance_3.pdf
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) also has a webpage dedicated to changes related to workplace safety during the pandemic as coronavirus restrictions ease.