We apply our scientific expertise and technological solutions to quality and risk management in:
• health care facilities for controlling the risk of nosocomial infections;
• establishments that are open to the public (établissements recevant du public, ERP) for controlling the risk of Legionella contamination of tap water and water cooling towers;
• industries for tracking the quality of clean, used or process water.
aqua-tools’ activities are divided between two departments:
• aqua-tools Health & Safety (H&S) Learn more
• aqua-tools Industry & Environment (I&E) Learn more
The importance of preventing legionellosis and other nosocomial diseases in hospital environments was outlined at the end of the 1990s. Prevention became even more important in 2002 due to a memorandum from the Ministry of Health, and combatting legionellosis was included in the list of priority activities in the national Plan for Health and the Environment in 2004.
In 2010, regulations required that all public establishments that may produce water droplets implement protective measures against Legionella and emergency protective measures in the case of contamination. aqua-tools H&S has responded to this challenge since 2009 by offering anti-Legionella and anti-germ filtration devices to health care facilities and non-medical establishments open to the public (hotels, apartments buildings, campsites, etc.).
To help users monitor the water quality of their sanitary networks, Aqua-Tools H&S has developed analytical tools based on second generation ATP-metry (ATP 2G).
This technology has been specifically optimized for the wide range of water qualities encountered in hospitals and in the community (water intended for human consumption, water used for hygiene and health care, water in cooling towers, etc.). It can be implemented in the field by an establishment’s technical personnel. The rapid analysis kits combine ease of use with detection power to enable routine monitoring of the microbiological quality of water within a complex water supply network and to prevent the risk of microbial contamination.
Lasting innovation is at the heart of the aqua-tools H&S development strategy. The tools and services provided for hospitals or establishments that are open to the public include relevant solutions for:
• recycling water and preserving natural resources;
• reducing polluting emissions and waste;
• protecting human health, particularly by preventing legionellosis and combatting nosocomial infections.
Internally, aqua-tools coordinates a variety of activities based on the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility (Responsabilité Sociétale des Entreprises, RSE): sorting waste, thermal insulation and reducing energy consumption, providing disabled access, ensuring that 98% of jobs and investments are located in France, preferentially sub-contracting with French small and medium-sized businesses (SMB; petites et moyennes entreprises, PME) involved in the local economy, etc. The shower heads and tap filters are 100% produced in France and assembled in an SMB in Oyonnax that carefully monitors the quality and safety of its products (and has many certifications, particularly those related to the quality of medical devices - ISO 13485:2012 - and the sterilization of health care products - ISO 11137:2013). Together with its service provider Veolia Environmental Services, Aqua-Tools H&S has established an organization for collecting used filters for eco-recycling via incineration (thermal recycling to produce electricity)..
aqua-tools’ policies have been recognized by the Ile-de-France region with the « Charmes de l’innovation responsable » (responsible innovation) prize, which was awarded in 2012. Learn more