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Legionella Risk Assessment
Lucion Services are LCA members and are certified to deliver a range of Legionella services in line with ACOP L8, HSG 274, BS 8580, and HTM 04-01.
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Health and Safety Risk Assessment Template
Risk Assessments are part of the risk management process and are included in the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations. A Risk Assessment is a process of identifying what hazards currently exist or may appear in the workplace. Utilise our Risk Assessment PDF example and template to help conduct your own Risk Assessment.
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What is legionella and why is it dangerous?
Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and was founded in 1976 at a Legion Convention at the Belle Vue hotel in Philadelphia. With an approximate infection rate of around 200-250 individuals (that are reported) in the UK, the mortality rate is around 10% of those who become infected.
Individuals with weakened immune systems, respiratory issues, smokers, and people aged over 45 amongst other underlying issues are more at risk of serious illness once the bacteria is contracted.
The bacteria can then reach a building through the mains water supply and under the right conditions can multiply. A few of these conditions can be;
For an individual to contract the disease, water droplets containing the bacteria have to be transmitted in aerosol form and then inhaled into an individual’s lungs, here is where the bacteria can also multiply under body temperature at 37°C. A more uncommon way of contracting the disease is through aspiration where liquid containing the bacteria accidentally passes into the lungs.
For more information about legionella and its effects, click here to read more: Have you ever had legionella?
What do the legionella regulations say?
The regulations require the employer / duty holder to carry out a legionella risk assessments, therefore it is a legal requirement.
A legionella risk assessment is crucial to achieving compliance for all duty holders, building or assets owners/managers, landlords and employers. Ensuring adequate measures are in place to prevent exposure to the bacteria is crucial in safeguarding individuals.
How Can We Help You Manage The Risks?
Our team of legionella consultants can help you through the process of managing your water systems by conducting legionella risk assessments. As part of the well established LCA. Being members of the LCA ensures our work is of the highest of standards, with annual audits from the LCA also keeps us at highest of standards.
Further to this, Lucion Services can complete planned preventative maintenance tasks such as temperature monitoring, shower de-scales, expansion vessel flushing, calorifier and cold water storage tank inspections and many more. We also carry out legionella sampling that can provide a more accurate analysis of the potential bacteria in the water system.
All of your hazardous substance information, surveys, analysis and documentation will be recorded on our in-house, cloud based hazardous material compliance system NexGen, provided freely with our services. Make legionella risk control and management a breeze by getting in touch with our team today.Download a printable PDF of this page