What is Legionnaire’s Disease?

What is Legionnaire’s Disease?

Cases of Legionnaire’s disease can occur among staff in the workplace (for example schools, nursing homes and hospitals). Also susceptible are visitors and members of the public, particularly children, older people, and those with a weakened immune system. Water temperatures in the range of 20ºC to 45ºC  favour bacterial growth. Legionella bacteria also require a supply of nutrients to multiply. The presence of sediment, sludge, scale and other material (in water tanks for example), together with biofilms play an important role in providing favourable conditions in which bacteria such as legionella can grow.

Duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 extend to risks from legionella bacteria which may arise from work activities.  Specifically, it is a legal requirement under the ACoP L8 HSE that hot and cold water systems in the workplace be regularly inspected and maintained in order to prevent the proliferation of bacteria which could lead to the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. Our aim is to keep you, your staff and your clients safe, and to keep you in compliance with current government legislation pertaining to the water systems on your premises.

We are able to provide fully trained City and Guilds accredited technicians to carry out legionella risk assessments, implement legionella monitoring programmes and complete legionella remedial works on your premises. All our work is documented and filed, giving you peace of mind that you are in the safest of hands and fully compliant with current legislation.

For a free no obligation consultation and informal chat please contact Expert Water Services today.

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