What is Legionella?
Legionella bacteria are widespread in nature, mainly living in natural water systems, however, the conditions are rarely right for people to catch the disease from these sources.
Outbreaks of the illness occur from exposure to legionella bacteria growing in purpose built systems where the conditions are such that they encourage growth, e.g. dirt and heat within storage tanks, hot water cylinders, cooling towers, spa pools and hot water systems used in all sorts of premises (work and domestic).
To prevent exposure to the legionella bacteria, you as a duty holder must comply with legislation that requires you to manage, maintain and treat water systems in your premises properly.
This will include, but not be limited to, appropriate water treatment and cleaning regimes.
If you are responsible for any of the water systems described in HSE’s Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) and Guidance ‘Legionnaires’ disease: The control of legionella bacteria in water systems” (L8) you will need to assess the risk of employees and others in the workplace contracting Legionnaires’ disease.
How can Coral help?
Coral Environmental takes pride in providing real, common sense and cost eective solutions to our client’s needs and statutory requirements in today’s ever changing working environment.
Coral Environmental employees have carried out in excess of 3,000 legionella risk assessments on everything from simple toilet blocks to complex pharmaceutical plants. All our assessors are City & Guilds Qualified and members of the Water Management Society. Each risk assessor has over 5 years field experience and constantly undertake refresher training to keep abreast of industry changes. Contact us today to see how we can help.