If you are an employer, or someone in control of premises, including landlords, you must understand the health risks associated with legionella. Lubron can help you to control any risks and ensure your compliance with the law.
WHAT IS LEGIONELLA
Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia caused by the inhalation of small droplets of contaminated water containing Legionella bacteria. Legionella bacteria are widespread in natural water systems, e.g. rivers and ponds, however the conditions are rarely right for people to catch the disease from these sources.
In systems where water is maintained at a temperature high enough to encourage growth, e.g. cooling towers, evaporative condensers, hot and cold water systems and spa pools the bacteria can multiply and then released as an aerosol spray
Your Legal Obligations
The Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) states that a business of five or more employees must have a Legionella Risk Assessment on water systems – the suggestion is to do this every two years, or sooner if there are changes to the building. If you can’t show proof of preventative methods in the event of an outbreak, then you’ll be held legally responsible. Remember: in health and safety law, you have to prove yourself innocent, or else you can be assumed to be at fault.
There is plenty of legislative guidance that can be used to penalise business negligence, inlcuding HSG274, which is a document that has been used in all successful prosecutions of businesses for poor water management.
Any type of company can be affected, so we provide our Legionella Risk Assessment to businesses of all sizes, in all industries. Avoid the dangers of this disease and follow the health and safety requirements by choosing Lubron to conduct a full check of your building.
Legionella Risk Assessments
With our Legionella risk assessments services, we can carry out a full audit of your site, equipment and processes to ascertain any shortcomings that may place you in danger of an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease or non-compliance with associated legislation.
Cited contributory factors in outbreaks of Legionnaires’ Disease include inadequate management, lack of training and poor communication. The risks associated with legionella bacteria are well documented, but understanding the danger, the legislation and guidelines governing its control, and best practice risk assessment, can be complicated.
About our Legionella Disease Mangement
With our legionella risk assessment services, by commissioning a risk assessment, documenting findings and taking appropriate remedial action, you will not only be able to evidence your duty of care and compliance, but you may also be saving lives.
For more information on our Legionella risk assessment services, contact us here.