The legionella bacteria occurs naturally in the environment, but multiplies in warm moist climates such as those found in cooling towers, hot tubs, hot water tanks, plumbing systems and decorative fountains. The disease is spread when contaminated droplets are inhaled. Legionella causes victims to experience pneumonia-like symptoms, and can ultimately result in death. A reportable disease under RIDDOR, there were 331 cases in England and Wales in 2014, up from 284 in 2013.
Any water system can contain the right environmental conditions to promote legionella, which is why the Health and Safety at Work etc Act requires duty holders to take suitable precautions to prevent or control risk of exposure, and ensure that assessment is up-to-date under health and safety law.
EnviroDat can conduct a legionella risk assessment to ensure that you are compliant with the requirements of the Health and Safety Executiveâ€™s Technical Guidance HSG274 and the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP L8).
We only employ competent engineers with appropriate training and experience under the BOHS scheme (The Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection), who are able to provide a â€˜health checkâ€™ and risk assessment of your water system. This will pinpoint areas of concern, and identify where problems may be present or where improvements can be applied.
Our monitoring will take account of susceptible people for whom the risk of conducting legionella is greater â€“ including young children, people who are disabled or elderly and to those with sensory loss.
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