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LegionellaOur Service Explained
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.
STEP 1LEGIONELLA 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 2LEGIONELLA 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 3LEGIONELLA 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
- Schematics of water distribution system
- Domestic water temperatures and delivery temperatures
YOU RECIEVEWHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU!
Ensuring your business is fully compliant with Health and Safety laws.
BESPOKE WATER SAFETY DOCUMENTATION
Delivering water log books and water safety management manuals to suit your requirements.
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
What are my duties as a landlord in relation to gas safety?
As a landlord, you are responsible for the safety of your tenants. The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 deal with landlords’ duties to make sure gas appliances, fittings and flues provided for tenants are safe.
Appliances, fittings and flues in a communal area but which may be used by tenants are also included. You are responsible for the maintenance and repair of flues,appliances and pipework provided for your tenants use ;by a Gas Safe registered engineer . Although there is no prescribed timeframe for these duties, good practice would be the demonstration of regular, annual maintenance checks and subsequent repairs.
You are also responsible for ensuring an annual gas safety check is carried out within 12 months of the installation of a new appliance or flue which you provide and annually thereafter by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. You must keep a record of the safety check for 2 years and issue a copy to each existing tenant within 28 days of the check being completed and issue a copy to any new tenants before they move in.
Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 you can have the annual gas safety check on each appliance or flue carried out up to 2 months before the date the check needs to be carried out but still retain the original deadline date as if the check had been carried out exactly 12 months after the previous check.find out more