Legionella Risk Assessment
Do you need to have a Legionella Risk Assessment completed in your property. It is important to ensure that your place of work or rental property is free from legionella.
Many homeowners and landlords are confused about the responsibility they have to avert the risk of Legionnaires’ disease. Here are some practical advice and guidance to control the risk from exposure to legionella disease.
Employers and landlords have the responsibility to understand the problem and reduce the risk, which also applies to health and safety law, and water safety in the workplace. These rules apply where there is a risk of breathing water droplets or aerosols, which causes the risk of exposing to legionella bacteria.
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What is legionella disease?
Legionella is a bacteria that develops into Legionnaires’ disease; infection is caused by inhaling of small droplets of contaminated water containing the virus. Hot and cold water systems can create an environment for legionella to grow.
In the year 2016, the UK had 345 confirmed cases of legionnaires’ diseases. Landlords need to be aware of the causes of the disease to decrease the risk to tenants.
Legionella disease and the law
If you are a landlord, then you will have to follow some legal responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of your tenants.
It is your responsibility to keep your tenants and yourself safe from any kinds of health hazards and diseases. You will have to introduce the adequate and necessary steps to reduce the risk of the legionella disease.
What increases the risk of this disease?
People become infected when inhaling microscopic water droplets that containing the legionella bacteria.
There are so many ranges of sources from where the virus can form:
Hot tubs and whirlpools
Mist machines of grocery stores
Air conditioner cooling towers
Equipment related to physical therapy
The water system of hotels, nursing homes and hospitals
Legionella disease precautions
You can reduce the risk of infection with some useful steps.
Disinfect the water system including spas and pools.
Flush your toilet regularly to remove the stagnant water. If your property is vacant, then you should try to flush the toilet once in a week.
It helps the proper water flow. You will also need to remove the redundant pipes and check the flushing system and pipe works to take precautions.