Legionella Testing Services

Legionella bacteria, found naturally in soils and freshwater environments such as lakes and streams, poses a small threat in natural environments.

When given the opportunity to enter a man-made water system, Legionella colonies can begin to amplify and aerosolise. These contaminated water droplets become airborne, risking individuals who breathe it in, to Legionnaires’ Disease.

Water Sources Susceptible To Legionella Confirmation

Legionella bacteria can grow in warm, stagnant water, where temperatures range from 20-50°C, with optimum growth occurring at a temperature of 37°C.

Most commonly Legionella bacteria can be found in the plumbing systems of large buildings, such as hotels and hospitals. Other sources where Legionella bacteria can be commonly found include:

  • Hot water systems
  • Cooling Towers
  • Swimming Pools
  • Spas
  • Shower Heads & Sink Faucets
  • Decorative Fountains & Water Features
  • Nebulisers & Humidifiers
  • Air Conditioning Units

Our Capabilities

(Hover over each location to discover our accredited laboratories for Legionella testing.)

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BRISBANE – HEAD OFFICE

Method: M11.0 Legionella – Spread Plate

  • Test Sensitivity: LOR < 10
  • Reference Method: AS/NZS 3896
  • NATA Accredited

Method: M11.2 Legionella – Membrane Filtration

  • Test Sensitivity: LOR < 1
  • Reference Method: ISO 11731
  • NATA Accredited
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MELBOURNE

Method: M11.0 Legionella – Spread Plate

  • Test Sensitivity: LOR < 10
  • Reference Method: AS/NZS 3896
  • NATA Accredited

Method: M11.2 Legionella – Membrane Filtration

  • Test Sensitivity: LOR < 1
  • Reference Method: ISO 11731
  • NATA Accredited
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TOWNSVILLE

Method: M11.0 Legionella – Spread Plate

  • Test Sensitivity: LOR < 10
  • Reference Method: AS/NZS 3896
  • NATA Accredited

Method: M11.2 Legionella – Membrane Filtration

  • Test Sensitivity: LOR < 1
  • Reference Method: ISO 11731
  • NATA Accredited
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PERTH

Method: M11.0 Legionella – Spread Plate

  • Test Sensitivity: LOR < 10
  • Reference Method: AS/NZS 3896
  • NATA Accredited

Method: M11.2 Legionella – Membrane Filtration

  • Test Sensitivity: LOR < 1
  • Reference Method: ISO 11731
  • NATA Accredited
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SYDNEY

Method: M11.0 Legionella – Spread Plate

  • Test Sensitivity: LOR < 10
  • Reference Method: AS/NZS 3896
  • NATA Accredited

Method: M11.2 Legionella – Membrane Filtration

  • Test Sensitivity: LOR < 1
  • Reference Method: ISO 11731
  • NATA Accredited

What is Legionnaires’ Disease?

Legionnaires’ Disease is not contagious but is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia that typically affects men more than women.

Individuals that are most susceptible to Legionnaires’ Disease, include those that are:

Over the age of 45
Heavy Drinker or Smokers
Elderly & Infirm
Suffering from chronic respiratory or kidney disease
Affected by impaired immune systems, eg. transplant patients

How Can Symbio Laboratories Help?

Symbio Laboratories is more than capable of assisting you with your Legionella testing needs. We are NATA accredited for the analysis of Legionella bacteria with a limit of detection as low as 1cfu/mL.

Our laboratories are equipped to deliver a fast turnaround time for Legionella testing with preliminary reporting on day of a potential positive:

  • No detection – Final Legional bacteria results available on day seven;
  • Positive detection – Legionella bacteria results at day seven using MALDI-ToF technology.

If you would like additional information on Legionella testing and how Symbio Laboratoires can assist your business, you find more information on our Legionella Flyer.  Additionally, you can also read our “Water Risk Management Plans – What You Need To Know” blog to help prevent Legionnaires Disease.

Who Needs To Do Legionella Testing?

Contact the Symbio Laboratories Team For Legionella Testing Today!