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Meeting your customer and regulatory bodies requirements is easier when your lab provides more than just results. That is why Express Microbiology not only provides compliance testing but also data handling systems, consultancy on legislative requirements and data interpretation and a comprehensive sampling service.

Compliance Testing

Express Microbiology is the only independent testing lab in Scotland offering the complete range of UKAS accredited water testing. We have recently expanded our water testing facilities to handle the growing demand for local testing.*

Current guidance documents you should be aware of: (Click to expand / collapse)

  • Management of Spa Pools - Controlling the Risks of Infection

This guidance will be of use to all who have anything to do with spa pools from the designer to the user.

If they are not managed properly spa pools can be the cause of infections. As a recognised source of Legionnaires' disease, they are subject to health and safety laws to ensure spa pools remain safe. Following this guidance will normally ensure compliance with the law.

Find out more about controlling the risks of infection in spa pools by clicking this link.

  • L8 Guidelines – Health and Safety Commission's Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) L8

This guidance will be of use to anyone that is responsible for public buildings, places of work, hotels and leisure facilities.

The publication provides guidelines for Legionella control, including practical advice on the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA) and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999 (COSHH), plus guidance on compliance with the relevant parts of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSWR).

Find out more on the Health & Safety Executive's website.

  • BS 7592:2008: Sampling for Legionella bacteria in water systems code of practice

This standard is a requirement for anyone taking water samples from supplies and systems for the control of Bacteria in particular Legionella.

BS 7592 gives recommendations and guidance on the sampling of water and related materials. It involves testing for the presence of legionella. It applies to sampling artificial water systems and gives methods for sampling of biofilms and sediments that might be present in water systems. Some of the same sampling methods can also be applied to natural water systems.

BS 7592 is for both sampling for routine monitoring and in outbreak investigations. For outbreak investigations recommendations and guidance on the selection of sampling points are given.

BS 7592 is a key standard for all those involved in water sampling for legionellae including those taking samples on site and their employers.

The revised version of BS 7592 replaces the 2002 edition and:

  • Makes a clearer distinction between routine and incident sampling
  • Provides a clearer rationale for routine sampling, including newly-recognised sources, risk assessment, surveying and sample points
  • Revises acceptable transport times, to account for more quantitative results and sampling / transport subcontracting
  • Takes account of new standards documents for water sampling and analysis

More information on Sampling for Legionella bacteria in water systems code of practice BS 7592:2008

*It is a requirement of the L8 Guidelines and BS BS 7592:2008 that samples for the detection of Legionella shall be tested within 48 hours of collection.

Air Quality Monitoring

Qualitative and quantitative sampling for bacterial and fungal counts. Identification of isolates to species level. Our trained samplers can take samples day or night and transport back to lab for enumeration and identification or samples can be delivered to lab.

For more information on air quality monitoring and maintaining a clean room click here.

Another good source, US government recommendations on air quality, can be found by clicking here.

Sample Transport and Materials

Four temperature controlled vans (ambient, chilled or frozen can be accommodated) travel throughout Scotland every day. Our centrally located lab can receive samples from all of mainland Scotland the same day guaranteeing samples are tested on day of collection minimising all delays in reporting results and preserving sample integrity.

Our operators are all trained in correct sampling procedures so can offer a complete sampling service where needed.

All laboratory grade sampling materials are provided with instruction sheets for proper handling to ensure accurate results.

Data Handling Service

For water treatment companies managing all your customer’s testing information is much easier when everything is together in a single place. So Express Microbiology has developed a data management tool which brings you instant access to all the information associated with a site.

This system will monitor which of your sites have been sampled, provide the results from the tests and generate pdf reports. The system also provides better control of finances by producing summary reports on analysis costs per contract.

For water treatment companies managing all your customer’s testing information is much easier when everything is together in a single place. So Express Microbiology has developed a data management tool which brings you instant access to all the information associated with a site.

This system will monitor which of your sites have been sampled, provide the results from the tests and generate pdf reports. The system also provides better control of finances by producing summary reports on analysis costs per contract.
  • Results reported by email within 24 hours of being read Guaranteed
  • Telephone alerts of alarming results as standard
  • Test Reports designed to customer requirements

Consultancy

Microbiologists are available 7 days a week to discuss results.
We offer training in sampling collections and courses in understanding water microbiology We keep up to date with ISO and British standards and can alert you to new legislation which may affect your sampling plans, testing or corrective actions.