Legionella Risk Assessment
Legionnaire Risk Assessment is an important part of the Landlord’s Public Liability Insurance. The effects of Legionnaire’s disease vary depending on the circumstances. People with underlying health issues, heart conditions, diabetes, lung conditions and people who smoke regularly are more susceptible to contracting Legionnaire’s Disease.
Legionnaire’s disease is a fatal form of Pneumonia, affecting the repertory system, there are additional diseases in relation to this which are not classed as fatal. Lochgoilhead Fever and Pontiac Fever, both cause headache, fever and muscle aches but are not fatal and can be treated with antibiotics and possible hospitalisation.
Understanding Legionella Disease
Understanding how to recognize hazards, implement control measures and carry out regular inspections of all water systems with ensuring that employees and tenants are safe. There are also procedures to be maintained by tenants to ensure these measures are controlled.
Tenants/employees are required to regularly wash out showerheads, maintain water temperatures and identify and report any issues with water/heating systems to the Landlord/Employer. Should the premises remain empty for any period of time, it is the responsibility of the Landlord to check and flush through water/heating systems.
Legionella Disease can be controlled by maintaining the correct temperatures for all water systems. All temperatures above 70 degrees will kill the bacteria, temperatures below 20 degrees will allow the bacteria to survive, however it will not grow.
Temperatures between 20-45 degrees is a breeding ground for the spread of Legionella Bacteria. The optimum temperature to maintain and to prevent the spread of Legionella Bacteria is 50-60 degrees.
What is Legionella Disease?
Who can be affected by Legionnaires Bacteria?
How soon after exposure do symptoms present for Legionnaires Disease?
How do I comply with HSE Guidance
What are the symptoms to look for?
- Muscle Aches / Pains
Is Legionnaires Disease contagious?
What Controls are to be put in place to manage the growth of Legionella Bacteria?
- Temperatures above 60º will kill the bacteria, preventing growth.
- Temperatures below 20º will allow the bacteria to survive, however, will prevent growth.
- Should these options not be available, copper or silver ionisation or chlorine dioxide can be used.
How Many Types of Legionella re there?
How is Legionella contracted?
What are the treatments for Legionella?
Legionella Risk Assessment Records
Please contact Pinnacle Property Services to arrange your Legionnaire’s Risk Assessment for your property. A full certification will be provided, this should be maintained and updated annually or before should there be any change, to the water/heating system or use of premises.