Legionella and water safety

We follow a strict Health and Safety Executive Approved Code of Practice, carrying out regular inspection and water safety testing of shared water systems in blocks of flats. In individual homes, the risk of legionella is minimal.

What is Legionella?

Legionella is a bacterium, which can grow in stored or stagnant water under certain conditions.

Why is it dangerous?

Inhalation of infected spray or droplets or water vapour can result in Legionnaire’s disease. This is a type of pneumonia which may be mild and flu-like, but can become more serious, and sometimes fatal. Early treatment with the correct antibiotics is effective in most cases.

What can I do in my home to help eliminate the risk?

It is unlikely that you will be at risk from legionella bacteria in your home water system. Mains supply water is treated by water companies, so contamination would have to occur between the water plant and your home. Water cylinders and tanks are renewed frequently, so bacteria does not have the opportunity to grow. However, we do still advise taking the following precautions:

  • Regularly descale taps, showerheads and hoses.
  • Ensure all thermostats on stored hot water cylinders are set to 60⁰C or above.
  • If you leave your home for a long period of time, drain off and refill any stored water tanks when you return, before first use

Work for us

Working at Habinteg

We believe that mutual commitment and shared responsibility is key. We are an equal opportunities employer and aim to be an employer of choice. Everything we do is underpinned by our four cultural values: Agile, Accountable, Ambitious and Attentive.

We offer a comprehensive and person-centred employment package to our staff. This includes:

  • Flexible approach to working week including full-time, part-time and job-sharing possibilities.
  • Welcoming, accessible work environments including remote working
  • Training and development programme
  • Ethical pension scheme from the Pensions Trust - we match up to 10%
  • Life assurance scheme
  • Free eye test & contribution towards glasses
  • Cycle scheme
  • Subscription payment
  • Company subscription to Simply Health & Rewards
  • Bonus 'Habinteg Day' off to take at any point in the year!

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader and welcome candidates with Badge showing that Habinteg is a disability confident leader.disabilities, long-term health conditions to apply for our roles. We encourage job-seekers from all backgrounds and experiences to express their interest, and to contact us at recruitment@habinteg.org.uk if you would like to chat to us or discuss reasonable adjustments for your application or interview process.