Before we talk about what is Legionella Risk Assessment and Why is it needed? Firstly, you must know about Legionella and its side effects.
Legionella is a dangerous bacterium that is found in water resources like lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and streams. Even they are also found in artificial water systems or man-made water systems like cooling towers and spas. They have the potential to grow where water is stored or recirculated. Hot and cold-water systems are an ideal place for legionella to grow.
Some conditions help the legionella bacteria to grow faster like
Legionella can cause legionnaire’s diseases that are very harmful to human health and proved 30% deadly. They can be very serious and can cause
Those who have a weak immune system can cause lung issues.
Now that you know what is legionella and what are the possible risks of legionella let’s discuss what is Legionella Risk Assessment and Why is it needed?
Legionella Risk Assessment (LRA) is a full assessment of your water systems including equipment that uses water like fountains, spa pools, cooling towers, etc. This assessment also covers pipework, water tanks, showers, and taps. You can say that anything that carries or stores water will be included in the legionella Risk Assessment (LRA).
Legionella Risk Assessment (LRA) is a legal requirement of the Health and Safety at work according to act 1974. All building managers, landlords, and property owners must take care of their buildings and people.
Legionella is one of the types of bacteria that are not only found in the world around us like in lakes, rivers, streams but also in water resources like taps, showers, fountains, etc. These resources could multiply the bacteria which can infect many other people. The two most common diseases that are caused by Legionella bacteria are Pontiac fever and legionnaire’s disease which can cause respiratory failure, acute renal, and multi-organ failure.
So, in order to understand the health risk associated with legionella, you must carry out Legionella Risk Assessment (LRA). It includes reviewing your current and previous assessment records to ensure that you have followed all recommended remedial work.
In Legionella Risk Assessment (LRA) all areas of the property are visited where water is stored from where water is passed.
Q1. Who is legionella’s responsible person?
Ans. The person who has adequate knowledge and understanding of the water management system should be the legionella’s responsible person.
Q2. Is it legal to have Legionella Risk Assessment?
Ans. Yes, according to Health and Safety act 1974 it’s a legal requirement to do a legionella Risk Assessment (LRA). All employers, landlords, and premises managers must ensure that the Legionella Risk Assessment is carried out within their workplace.
Q3. What is the cost of the Legionella Risk Assessment?
Ans. The cost of the Legionella Risk Assessment depends on the size and complexity of the building and its water system. However, a standard Assessment cost £250 whereas the complex site cost about £2,000.
Q4. When should you conduct a legionella Risk Assessment (LRA)?
Ans. It is recommended that Legionella Risk Assessment (LRA) should be carried out at least after every two years.
Q5. What are the external factors that help Legionella bacteria grow?
Ans. Here are some of the external factors that help Legionella bacteria grow:
Legionella Risk Assessment (LRA) is a legal requirement that every building owner and manager has to carry out in order to take care of people in their building.
It’s a technical evaluation of your building and property that includes checking your water system and water resources to ensure compliance and safety.
If you want to carry out a Legionella Risk Assessment (LRA), Asbestos Assessment or Fire Risk Assessment of your house or office you can contact us now at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 077 8003 0185 and book your appointment now.
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.