The HSE says... "A suitable and sufficient assessment is required to identify and assess the risk of exposure to legionella from work activities and water systems on the premises.”
What is legionella?
Legionella bacteria is commonly found in water. The bacteria multiply where temperatures are between 20-45°C and nutrients are available. The bacteria are dormant below 20°C and do not survive above 60°C.
Legionellosis is a collective term for diseases caused by legionella bacteria including the most serious Legionnaires' disease, as well as the similar but less serious conditions of Pontiac fever and Lochgoilhead fever. Legionnaires' disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and everyone is susceptible to infection. The risk increases with age, but some people are at higher risk.
What must an employer do?
If you are an employer, or someone in control of premises, including landlords, you must understand the health risks associated with legionella Duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSWA) extend to risks from legionella bacteria, which may arise from work activities. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR) provide a broad framework for controlling health and safety at work. More specifically, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) provide a framework of actions designed to assess, prevent or control the risk from bacteria like Legionella and take suitable precautions.
As an employer, or a person in control of the premises, you are responsible for health and safety and need to take the right precautions to reduce the risks of exposure to legionella. You must understand how to:
Compliance starts with a risk assessment…
ARMA Risk Management Ltd. can provide comprehensive Legionella Risk Assessments / Water Hygiene Surveys, which will provide you with all the information required to manage the legionella risks within your business.
Furthermore, should your business be operating at pace, and finding time to manage the risks is difficult, we also offer a turnkey solution whereby we take the stress out of compliance and manage the risks for you. Should your business require it, we can support you with the following: