Legionella Management

Legionella infections are on the rise and authorities are fining those responsible for any outbreaks with increasing severity. Not only is it right that you protect your staff or members of the public from potential outbreaks, it is also governed by legislation and guidance.

Thankfully, Water & Air Management Ltd are experts in this field and we’re here to help you comply with the law and relevant guidance, ensuring your water management systems pose the least possible risk of Legionella contamination. We achieve this through risk assessment and monitoring. If there is deemed to be a reasonable risk of your systems or plant harbouring the bacteria, we’ll advise on a course of action and help you implement it.

See also our water management services for details on some of the treatment options available.

What is Legionnaire’s Disease?

Legionnaire’s Disease is a potentially lethal pneumonia, caused by Legionella bacteria commonly found in natural water sources such as rivers and ponds. It can grow in other water systems – such as domestic water systems and cooling towers – and thrives in temperatures between 20ºC to 45ºC, particularly if nutritional elements such as rust, sludge or algae are present. Typically, it passes to humans via contaminated tiny droplets (water aerosols) that are breathed in.

Under general Health and Safety law, you should, where practical, comply with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Approved Code of Practice (ACoP L8), which states that you must take all reasonable measures to protect your premises or plant against Legionella infection. This includes indentifying potential sources of risk, as well as keeping records that demonstrate you have taken steps for prevention or are controlling risk. Our consultants – who are qualified experts on Legionnaire’s Disease – can help you with all of this.

 

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