To Test or Not to Test? Legionella Water Testing Explained
Legionella water testing, when part of an ongoing water management plan, can help reduce the risk of spread. Facility owners and managers often wonder if they should be performing routine testing.
By: Hyperion Biotechnology, Inc.
Reactive sampling and testing refer to testing after there is a report of someone becoming sick with Legionnaires' disease. The disease can be deadly if contracted by vulnerable people such as those over 50 years old and others with health issues. While the disease is not spread from person to person, it has the potential to harm many people when spread throughout one building. When there is a report of illness, sampling is more involved to identify the source of the Legionella outbreak. Consequences can be costly. In addition to people becoming sick or dying, costs may include shutting down the building while working to identify the source of the outbreak and then eradicate it from the water system.
"The best approach is a proactive one that protects not only the welfare of residents and staff of a building but also the economic interest of owners," says Hyperion Biotechnology's Legionella testing expert John Kalns. "Building owners do not realize that adding ongoing Legionella water testing to their safety plans is affordable and easy to do. We provide consultation to walk owners or facility managers through the testing process so they can ensure the safety of their building's occupants." Anyone who manages a facility can conduct proactive sampling and then have samples tested for Legionella bacteria.
Hyperion Biotechnology is an environmental microbiology laboratory specializing in Legionella water testing. Hyperion holds CDC Environmental Legionella Isolation Techniques Evaluation (CDC ELITE) and Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Accreditation Program (EMLAP) certifications. Hyperion is a Woman-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small business.