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How can a person contract Legionnaires’ disease?

Legionnaires’ disease can be contracted when contained water droplets enter a person’s lungs. People can be infected with Legionella while washing their hands, showering and bathing in a whirlpool. Legionella can be found in many different types of water systems. All employers, building owners and landlords have a duty of care and a legal obligation […]

What are the legal requirements for GP’s regarding Legionella control?

Health and safety law require GP practices to carry out a legionella risk assessment to identify where the risk of legionella could be in their premises.  Records of risk assessments and routine monitoring tasks should be retained for inspection if requested by Care Quality Commission (CQC) or Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Our Professional and […]

What is the purpose of an asbestos survey?

An asbestos survey is a survey undertaken within a building, property or structure, with the purpose of identifying asbestos containing materials. An asbestos surveyimportant to establish what asbestos materials are present, but it is important to get the right type of survey.

How did Legionnaires start?

Legionnaires‘ disease acquired its name in 1976 after an outbreak of pneumonia occurred among people attending the American Legion convention at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia. Later, the bacterium causing the illness was named Legionella pneumophila.

Legionella- who is at risk

Most people catch Legionnaires‘ disease by inhaling the bacteria from water or soil. Older adults, smokers and people with weakened immune systems are particularly susceptible to Legionnaires‘ disease.

Where legionella is usually found

The bacterium Legionella pneumophila and related bacteria are common in natural water sources such as rivers, lakes and reservoirs, but usually in low numbers. They may also be found in purpose-built water systems such as cooling towers, evaporative condensers, hot and cold water systems and spa pools.

How does Legionella get in water?

People can get Legionnaires‘ disease or Pontiac fever when they breathe in small droplets of water in the air that contain the bacteria. Less commonly, people can getsick by aspiration of drinking water containing Legionella. This happens when wateraccidently goes into the lungs while drinking.

What are my duties as a landlord?

Organisations, or self-employed individuals, who provide residential accommodation or who are responsible for the water system(s) in their premises, are responsible for ensuring that the risk of exposure to legionella in those premises is properly controlled. This means that they have a duty to assess the risk from exposure to legionella to their staff, residents, […]