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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, […]

Who is most likely to disturb asbestos?

Workers who carry out maintenance and repair jobs such as cutting or drilling into walls, ceilings or partitions, repairing boilers, laying cables. Such workers include: Construction and demolition contractors, roofers, electricians, painters and decorators, joiners, plumbers, gas fitters, plasterers, shop fitters, heating and ventilation engineers, and surveyors; Electronics: phone and information technology engineers, alarm installers, […]

Hot Tub & Spa Pool Legionella Compliance

Spa-pool systems are a recognised source of legionnaires’ disease, primarily Legionella pneumpohila. There have been a number of outbreaks linked to spa pools in leisure centres, hotels, holiday homes, on cruise ships and on display.  As such, if you maintain a spa pool or hot tub of any description you have a moral duty of care […]

Bournemouth health spa probed after Legionella outbreak

*A health spa is the “likely source” of an outbreak of Legionella infection which has left nine people in hospital, Public Health England (PHE) has said. Fourteen people who attended Healax Salt Caves in Bournemouth in June have contracted either Legionnaire’s Disease or the less serious Pontiac fever. A further 39 people who reported symptoms […]

How do Asbestos Surveys work?

A Management survey is the standard survey. This survey is aimed at providing the duty holder with a register which can be used as a daily management tool. Its purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect ACMs in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including […]