Legionella

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Legionella bacteria is commonly found in water. Inhaling airborne water droplets containing legionella bacteria can cause potentially fatal Legionnaires’ disease. Intergrated Compliance will help you manage legionella in hot and cold water systems and will work with you to identify and reduce the risks.

All businesses and organisations with public access to their water have a legal duty of care to ensure that a risk assessment is in place to monitor for legionella, a deadly waterborne bacterium. In the event of an outbreak of legionnaires’ disease, the authorities will require evidence of risk assessment, monitoring and maintenance, without this in place organisations will be dealt with most severely by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Failure to meet with the required compliance requirements may result in prosecution and litigation.

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STEP 1

LEGIONELLA RISK ASSESMENTS

Your consultant will carry out a legionella risk assessment.
Water that is used, stored, or equipment that acts as a means of
transmitting water droplets will be assessed. This may include:

  • Cooling tower systems
  • Evaporative condensers
  • Hot & Cold Water Systems
  • Spray humidifyers and air washers
  • Spa baths and pools
  • Firefighting systems.

STEP 2

LEGIONELLA EVALUATION

This assessment will be reviewed every two years. This may be to review:

  • Changes to the system or its use
  • Changes to the use of the building
  • New information on risk or control measures
  • Results showing that control measures are no longer effective

Step 3

LEGIONELLA REPORT

We provide you with a Legionella Risk Assessment report covering the following:

  • Site details
  • Actions requiring immediate attention
  • Description of premises
  • Action plan
  • Risk assessment
  • Scheme for controlling the risk
  • Photographs
  • Schematics of water distribution system
  • Domestic water temperatures and delivery temperatures

YOU RECIEVE

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU!
compliance

COMPLIANCE

Ensuring your business is fully compliant with Health and Safety laws.

water safety documentation

BESPOKE WATER SAFETY DOCUMENTATION

Delivering water log books and water safety management manuals to suit your requirements.

multi skilled

MULTI-SKILLED CONSULTANTS

Providing quality combined risk assessments/audits

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WHAT IS LEGIONELLA?

ALSO KNOWN AS LEGIONNAIRES DISEASE

Legionella Pneumophila (otherwise known as Legionnaires disease) are generally associated with Legionella bacteria, of which there are over 50 known species.

Legionella bacteria are commonly found in water. Inhaling airborne water droplets containing bacteria can lead to potentially fatal Legionnaires disease. Integrated compliance can help you to manage the risk of exposure to legionella bacteria in hot and cold water systems and will work with you to identify and reduce the risks.

Where does it come from?

Legionella bacteria are prevalent in all natural water systems such as rivers, reservoirs and ponds. However due to conditions, people rarely contract the disease from these sources. Outbreaks of the disease arise from exposure to legionella, growing in purpose built systems where the water is presented within a temperature range suitable enough to boost growth. Legionella bacteria’s optimal growth temperature is 37˚C, this temperature reflects the Homeostasis (Core body Temperature) for human beings, making us susceptible to contracting Legionnaires Disease.

How do people get it?

Legionnaires disease is contracted by inhaling small water droplets (aerosols suspended in the air which contain bacteria). Specific conditions can increase the risk from legionella if:

  • The water temperature distributed is between 20-45 which is an ideal temperature for growth.
  • It is possible for breathable water droplets to be created and dispensed e.g. aerosol created by cooling towers, water outlets, fountains and showers.
  • Stored water and/or re circulated water
  • Deposits present that support bacterial growth, providing a source of nutrients for the organism e.g. rust sludge scale, organic matter and biofilms

FAQ’s

Is the landlord able to access a property for safety checks?

The contract you make with your tenant should allow you access for any maintenance or safety check work that needs to be done. You must not use force to enter the property. Further information is provided in regulation 39 of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.
A landlord has to show that they took all reasonable steps to comply with the law. HSE recommends the following actions and strongly advises that a record be kept of all correspondence with the tenants:

  • Leave the tenant a notice stating that an attempt was made to complete the gas safety check and provide your contact details.
  • Write to the tenant explaining that a safety check is a legal requirement and that it is for the tenant’s own safety. Give the tenant the opportunity to arrange their own appointment.

HSE inspectors will look for repeated attempts to complete the gas safety check, including the above suggestions; however the approach will need to be appropriate to each circumstance. It would ultimately be for a court to decide if the action taken was reasonable depending upon the individual circumstances.

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