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  • Lisamarie Lamb

What Do You Need To Know About Legionella?

Every year in England and Wales, there are between 300 and 500 documented cases of legionnaires' disease. Almost 10 percent of these occurrences end in death. In order to fulfil your duties to the residents of your building, you must be aware of the causes and symptoms of legionnaires' disease. Read on to find out more. 

What Is Legionella?

Legionella bacteria are responsible for legionellosis, often known as legionnaires' disease. High body temperature, fever, chills, and coughing are all symptoms that are comparable to pneumonia. Droplets of water contaminated with legionella bacteria can be inhaled and cause legionnaires' disease. Hospitals, hotels, and workplaces account for the vast majority of legionnaires' disease cases. Yet, it occasionally shows up in people's houses. ­

It Can Spread Through Bathrooms

Legionnaire's disease is generally dispersed via household water fixtures such showers, faucets, hot tubs, and air conditioning systems. The temperature range of 20°C to 45°C is optimal for bacterial growth, making this a problem for both hot and cold water systems. Stagnant water is ideal for the bacteria's growth. If the water system has been inactive for a while, it is important to check it.

Who Is At Risk?

Legionnaire's disease is a threat to everyone, but certain people are more at risk than others. Heavy smokers and drinkers, people over the age of 45, and anyone with preexisting medical issues (particularly respiratory ones) are all at greater risk.

What Do You Need To Do?

Property managers, landlords, and and others all have a responsibility to ensure that their premises are safe for their tenants' health under Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974. To reduce the likelihood of legionella spreading throughout your building:

First, make sure the water system is regularly cleaned so that germs can't grow, that debris doesn't get into the cold water tanks, and that the water in the pipes doesn't sit still for too long.

Have the property's legionella risk evaluated on a regular basis.

Third, if a legionella risk is found, the risk assessment advice should be followed, and a professional contractor should be consulted if necessary for system maintenance.

Fourth, maintain an accurate log book of water temps and a set of records detailing risk assessments.

Get a free quote for water hygiene management from the experts at Assured Water by contacting us today.

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