How to collect Legionella water samples in the sterile bottles

Clean Hands
Before taking any samples, wash your hands so that no contamination can be transferred into the water sample.

Sampling Taps & Showers
Don't let the bottle(s) touch the tap/shower head at any time. Again any local contamination on the tap or shower head could be transferred into the bottle.

Getting The Samples Picked Up
Sample in the morning, the more notice we give to a courier the less likely they will fail to pick up. Keep the samples cool, they don't need refrigerating if the time from sampling to pickup is just a couple of hours. Fax the request off, you must inform EMS Ltd by 1.00 pm otherwise they cannot guarantee a pickup. Note, there is a maximum of 10 bottles allowed in the Citylink Courier bag.

Filling in the Pickup Request
Ensure there is a PURCHASE ORDER number on the sheet, otherwise EMS Ltd cannot analyse the samples. Include the Postcode of the pickup, couriers often insist on it. Tell EMS Ltd where you want the results sending to! Under location, be specific such as Security Desk, Reception etc. as well as the full site address. Describe the site and outlet - knowing this will help us interpret the results better. Step by Step Pictorial Guide

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