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HSE bans use of elemental copper as a biocide

22nd January 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has banned the use of elemental copper as a biocide.

After a review by the European Union under the Biocidal Products Directive, it has been determined that from February 1st it will be illegal to market or use the substance as a biocide in water treatment systems or to supply the copper needed for their use.

Speaking to Heating and, Bob Wilson, principal of Meadowhead Consultancy, has offered alternatives to elemental copper.

"L8, the legislation and Approved Code of Practice for the control of Legionella, only mentions two possibilities for continuous dosing of building water system. These are firstly, chlorine dioxide and secondly, copper/silver ionization," he explained.

Organisations will need to ensure the elemental copper is no longer used as a biocide in their operations before February, or they could face action from the HSE.

It hands out substantial financial penalties to companies that are found breaking laws, and the resulting reputational damage could also hinder their business.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801526410-ADNFCR


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