Legionnaires Disease (LD), Legionella, Legonella Bacterium, Legionellosis, Pontiac Fever.
Legionella bacteria can be found in almost all water systems – is your property or establishment covered?
It is disappointing that experts on the radio & television concentrate their attention on air cooling systems, air-conditioning systems & cooling tower waters when, in fact, legionella can affect any water system.
Legionella bacteria are ubiquitous, they can be found in almost all water systems including: Spa Baths, Domestic Showers, Hot & Cold Water Systems etc.
Legionnaires disease is a potentially fatal form of Pneumonia it can effect anybody, but the immunosupressed are particularly at risk.
It is normally contracted by inhaling tiny droplets of water (aerosols) which are contaminated with Legionella bacteria
Under the new Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) it is the responsibility of all proprietors, mangers, Private Landlords heads of home, head teachers etc., to ensure they have a suitable and sufficient Risk Assessment procedure carried out on the properties for which they are responsible.
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Sections 2, 3 and 4, and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999 (COSHH) Regulation 6, a Risk Assessment is required.
The Approved Code of Practice “Legionnaires’ Disease: The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems L8” gives practical guidance on the above.
Therefore to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 you must ensure that a suitable and sufficient Risk Assessment is carried out to assess the risk of exposure to Legionella bacteria from accommodation and work activities and water systems on your premises.
For additional guidance the following publications are available for order on-line:
Legionnaires disease the control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems Approved Code of Practice and Guidance is available from HSE books ISBN 0 7176 1772 6
Legionnaires Disease. Essential information for providers of residential accommodation (INDG376) is a free leaflet available the HSE. HSE’s info line Tel: (08701) 545500
Information Supplied by Topic Expert: Gareth Davis, Environmental Consultant, General Environmental Services Ltd, Alexander House, Thame Road, Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8BZ, Tel 01844 299499