Legionella is still a very hot topic because we tend to receive so many questions on a daily basis about legionella and legionella Risk assessment. People often ask us
Considering all your queries we decided to come up with a guide that explains everything that you need to know about legionella bacteria and legionella Risk assessment.
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Starting with its history, in 1976 during the conference of the American Legion that was held in Pennsylvania USA at the Bellevue Stratford Hotel. More than 220 attendees fell ill with the pneumonia-like disease and 34 people died due to that disease.
After the research, it has been proved that pneumonia is a fatal form of legionnaires disease that is caused by legionella bacteria. After that, many cases were reported from different areas. In 2010, NHS reported 359 legionnaires’ cases and 38 deaths in England and Wales.
Legionella is a bacteria that is commonly found in water resources that can cause a serious type of lung infection or legionnaires disease. People usually catch legionnaires disease by inhaling aerosols that are usually formed through showers, taps, spa pools, and cooling towers. Common symptoms of legionnaires disease are coughing, high fever, headache, nausea, and shortness of breath.
Although there are no such vaccines that can protect us from legionella disease
However, there are some ways through which we can prevent legionnaires disease from spreading and reduce the risk of its growth. The building owners and managers can do this by carrying out legionella risk assessments.
Legionella risk assessment is a technical evaluation of water systems that every landlord, property manager, and employer needs to carry out in order to minimize the legionella-related risk factors in a property, workplace, or facility.
This assessment will cover all the water systems in a property including showerheads, sinks faucets, cooling towers, hot tubs, decorative fountains, hot water tanks, and plumbing systems.
Yes, according to section 3(2) HSE (Health and Safety Executive) act 1974 any property or building in which water is stored and recirculated as a part of a system requires a legionella risk assessment to be carried out. According to the act, it’s a strict order to all the property owners and landlords to carry out an assessment at places where water is used or stored.
Everyone needs to follow the code however you can use the alternative method but if anyone does not follow the relevant code will be found at fault by the court.
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Q1. Is legionella risk assessments mandatory?
Ans. Yes, it’s a legal requirement according to the HSE act 194 that every landlord has to carry out a risk assessment of their property covering all the domestic hot and cold-water systems.
Q2. How can I trace the presence of legionella?
Ans. In order to detect the presence of legionella in your water system, you have to seek professional help to collect the water sample so that it can be tested in the laboratory.
Q3. Will I get legionella from a shower?
Ans. The answer is yes because legionella is a disease that tends to be found in water sources. There is a high chance that you will get legionella from a shower but depends on whether you are taking shower at your home, hostel, gym, or hospital because it’s a rare case that you will catch legionella from your home shower. However, it might be possible that you might get legionella if you are using a hospital or hostel shower because they are connected to the large domestic water system.
Q4. Will legionella can be controlled quickly?
Ans. Yes, there are some ways through which you can control legionella quickly like
Q5. How fastly does legionella grow?
Ans. Legionella usually takes two to ten days to grow. The legionnaire’s symptoms will start to appear after the legionella bacteria exposure.
Legionella Risk Assessment (LRA) is a legal requirement by the law in order to ensure the safety of the people. Therefore, it’s the responsibility of every landlord, property owner, and manager to carry out a Legionella Risk Assessment of their property, building, and office every year. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 077 8003 0185 for professional help we offer a wide range of services including Legionella Risk Assessment (LRA), Asbestos Assessment, and Fire Risk Assessment.
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Philip Walker once saw a close relative suffer due to Legionnaires Disease, and realized the dangers it posed because it made its way into the human body through something as common as a glass of drinking water. He completed his Legionella Risk Assessment training recently and has been professionally assessing households to search & destroy any traces of Legionella bacteria that resides in most water sources.
The keen passion of Fire Safety Risk Assessment is to offer professional services, delivered in a timely manner. For all businesses, commercial premises & landlords, FSRA keeps your businesses safe controlling the risk of loss from fire hazards, asbestos risks and from legionella bacteria.