Legionella is a term used to describe a harmful form of pneumonia through inhalation of small contaminated droplets of water. It infects a person’s lungs and can lead to flu-like symptoms. The bacterial disease thrives in water systems, especially in domestic water supplies in the UK. This includes showers, taps, whirlpool baths, and hot tubs. It should be reviewed for a minimum of two years, more complex systems would require more frequent check-ups such as every three months. Here at Origin, we understand the importance of taking the necessary precautions to avoid health risks. We offer both plumbing and heating services across Glasgow and take pride in our services.
What is a Legionella Risk Assessment?
Any building in Glasgow that has a private water supply must conduct a legionella risk assessment. A legionella risk assessment is a legal requirement executed by a landlord who identifies potential hazards from the exposure of legionella through the water system. They will review your current and previous records to ensure that all maintenance has been acted on.
How to Test Legionella in Water
Two main methods are used to test legionella in water: swab and bottle. The swab can be used by collecting a surface sample using a sterilised swab. The bottle method, however, is more commonly used. This is done by gathering water and using them as samples. Here at Origin, we can perform the initial legionella risk assessment, to put your mind at ease with a frequent water testing regime. Leave it to the experts, we won’t let you down.
How Can Legionella be Prevented?
Now that you are familiar with what a legionella risk assessment is, it is important to understand how to take appropriate control measures to ensure lower risk levels. For the majority of hot and cold water systems, temperature control is most important. This is done by simply keeping hot water hot and cold water cold and keeping it circulating. Other control measures to minimise the risk include:
- Frequent cleaning
- System flushing before letting the property
- Hot water storage
- Access to water tanks and pipework
- Avoid debris entering the system (cold water tanks that have a tightly fitted lid)
- Installing water heaters including combi boilers and electric showers
Who is at Risk of Legionella?
Everyone with a private water system is at risk of contracting legionella. However, elderly people are more at risk if they get in contact with the disease through inhalation, as well as current or former smokers and people who take drugs. People with weaker immune systems are more at risk and therefore, need to ensure that their water system is safe to use.
What Are the Symptoms of Legionnaires Disease
A couple of symptoms to look out for if you contract the disease are:
- A high temperature
- Constantly coughing
- Having difficulty breathing
- Chest or muscle pains
Can Anyone Complete A Legionella Risk Assessment?
No, it has to be done by a specialist, usually a landlord, as they are in charge of the premises and is responsible for managing the health and safety procedures. This is usually done by someone highly experienced and knowledgeable.
How Often Should You Have A Legionella Risk Assessment?
A legionella assessment should be conducted at least once every two years. However, in certain circumstances, it can be required sooner by law. For example, if there is suddenly a high risk in your area, the risk assessment will be brought forward.
At Origin, we are here to make sure your drinking water is safe. It is important to organise an annual legionella risk assessment if you have a private water supply. If you are unsure and inexperienced we would advise you to contact us straight away and let the professionals take up the responsibility. It pays to speak to the experts. If you have any queries about your risk assessment outcomes, do not hesitate to give us a call on 0141 432 0010 or via email at [email protected] We are committed to providing our customers across Glasgow with high-quality service. We are highly professional and we will make sure that your risk assessment, cleaning, and testing regime meets all HSE requirements. We provide helpful information to prevent things such as legionella.