Legionella Risk Assessments and Testing
Cornwall Land Air and Water offer Legionella risk assessments and testing to all types of businesses. Just some of the businesses we provide Legionella risk assessments and testing to are:
- Rental properties
- Food businesses
- Holiday complexes
We provide expert Legionella services across Cornwall
Our Legionella risk assessment service includes a site visit to assess all points in the water system, including temperature checks. A professional report is provided which highlights risks, gives recommended actions to mitigate and control risk and gives guidance on when the risk assessment should be reviewed.
All Legionella services are carried out by competent members of staff, meeting the requirements of Legionella legislation and best practice.
When is a Legionella risk assessment required?
If you're an employer or landlord and have water on site that people can be exposed to, you need to undertake a Legionella risk assessment and manage the risk from Legionella bacteria.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 places obligations on employers, building owners and landlords to undertake a Water and Legionella Risk Assessment on all workplace buildings where there is a foreseeable risk of exposure to Legionella bacteria. This includes hotels, gyms, retail premises, leisure clubs, offices, warehouses and factories. It also applies to those who provide residential accommodation or who are responsible for the water system in their premises.
The requirements are set out in the HSE Approved Code of Practice L8: The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems.
Although cases are relatively rare and you may think there is no risk at your site, Legionella bacteria can lead to a potentially fatal pneumonia type disease. If you've never considered the risk of Legionella, then it is wise to enlist the advice of a specialist rather than try to assess a property yourself.
Do I need a Legionella test as part of the risk assessment?
Testing for Legionella is a useful snapshot to check whether the current control measures to prevent bacteria are effective. Depending on the type of system you have routine Legionella testing may be appropriate, however for most hot and cold systems ongoing Legionella testing is not usually required.
Where does Legionella come from and how do people get it?
Legionella bacteria are widespread in natural water systems, however they rarely cause people illness. Outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease occur from exposure to Legionella growing in purpose built systems where water is maintained at a temperature high enough to encourage growth. People contract Legionnaires' disease by inhaling small droplets of water suspended in the air, containing the bacteria.
Ongoing maintenance to control the risk of Legionella
Depending on the type and size of system and who uses the building, a Legionella risk assessment may recommend ongoing maintenance such as regular temperature checks or sampling.
We offer competitive prices and are happy to give advice on whether Legionella applies to you - for more information on Legionella and the other services we can offer please contact us.