Is Your Building Safe From Legionella Bacteria?

Industry leading ventilation hygiene, system surveying and kitchen extract cleaning company, VSS Ltd, warns that Legionella has become a growing concern for thousands of property managers across the UK who are responsible for public buildings, in the light of outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease in Edinburgh and Stoke last year.

Most commonly found in sources of water, Legionella bacteria can contaminate building water systems and services, such as domestic hot and cold water, cooling towers, ventilation and air conditioning systems, etc. If the bacteria are allowed to multiply and then become released into the air in water droplets, they can present a very serious health issue for the occupants. 

The Chartered Institute for Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has warned that large buildings, such as hotels, hospitals, museums and office blocks, are more vulnerable to Legionella contamination because they have larger, more complex water supply systems in which the bacteria can quickly spread. Hence CIBSE has issued a new Guide TM13: Minimising the risk of Legionnaires’ disease.

Ventilation Surveys & Services Ltd has an impressive 25 years’ worth of experience in its sector, working for businesses of all sizes, from global name organisations to small independents. VSS understands that the routine maintenance of systems is important in order to ensure building safety, particularly when it comes to Legionella.

In addition to the company’s extensive industry experience, Chief Operations Officer, George Friend, was also elected as President of the European Ventilation Hygiene Association (EVHA), and is regarded as a genuine authority in his field.

Whether you are a systems designer, building owner or responsible for Health & Safety compliance within your company - you will need to ensure that you are completely familiar with the new guidelines which apply to your industry. One call to VSS will help you to understand the regulatory requirements for your business. 

For more information on Ventilation Surveys and Services, visit or contact us directly on 0333 500 8368 (local rate).


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About Ventilation Surveys & Services Ltd.

Lead by Nick Umfreville and George Friend, VSS has a wealth of industry experience, spanning over 25 years, working with small independents as well as global organisations. More recently George Friend was elected President of the European Ventilation Hygiene Association, and is regarded as a genuine authority in the industry.

Their services include ductwork cleaning and remediation, hygiene surveys, inspection and testing of local exhaust ventilation systems (LEV) and air conditioning energy assessments (EPBD).

Posted on June 25, 2013 and filed under Industry, Advice.