The Department of Labor Inspection, in instructed for the forthcoming re-opening of many businesses, after their closure to deal with the pandemic of Covid-19, emphasizes the need to take the necessary measures to address problems that may be caused by the inaction of many other systems in different places.
According to a statement issued, there is a risk of the Legionnaires bacteria appearing in stagnant water systems.
It is further noted that the Legionella bacteria grow at temperatures between 20 ° C – 45 ° C if the conditions are favourable, e.g. if there are nutrients such as rust, mud, stone, algae and other bacteria. From water droplets in which the Legionnaires bacteria has developed, there is a risk of inhaling to infect the human respiratory system (pneumonia, Legionnaires’ disease).
The sections refer to examples of stagnant water in which the Legionella bacterium can grow, including faucets and showers, washing machines/sinks, swimming pools and spa, fountains, humidifiers and central air conditioning units.
To combat the possibility of developing Legionnaires bacteria it is recommended:
-Heating water where possible at temperatures above 45. C.
-The cleaning and chlorination of stagnant water tanks.
-The opening and use of all taps by staff to give time to remove stagnant water.
-System sampling of water systems
More information can be found at the relevant link of the Department of Labor Inspection http://www.mlsi.gov.cy/mlsi/dli/dliup.nsf/All/10E35ECC56C9E8B0C2257penDD002B1?