Legionella is a form of bacteria found in water droplets and is responsible for Legionnaires’ disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia. The disease is contracted through inhalation of infected water droplets, not through drinking contaminated water. Legionella risk assessments are carried out to identify the risk legionella poses to occupants and visitors in a given building. This enables the ‘responsible person’ to make decisions as to the best course of action for monitoring, managing, and where possible, preventing the risk.
Legionella is commonly found in man-made water systems including:
The legionella bacteria often thrive in certain environmental conditions. The legionella risk is greater when:
Legionella risk assessments are enforceable under The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 and The Health & Safety at Work Act etc. 1974. Failure to carry out a legionella risk assessment where required can result in prosecution.
Businesses need to control these risks by implementing measures detailed in the Approved Code of Practice and Guidance document L8 – Legionnaire’s diseases: the control of Legionella bacteria in water systems.
To prevent exposure to the legionella bacteria, duty holders must properly manage, maintain and treat the water systems in their premises.
The L8 guidance requires risk assessments to be:
It also requires records of the risk assessment, maintenance regime and any testing carried out to be recorded in writing and kept, possible electronically, for five years.
We are experienced in carrying out legionella risk assessments and act for a number of clients with significant property portfolios. Our services include:
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