LEGIONELLA

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The Legionella bacteria is a water borne micro-organism that is naturally widespread and can be found in natural water systems such as rivers and ponds for example as well as man-made water sources. But should this bacteria contained water alter in state to small droplets of water (aerosols), fine sprays and mists, Legionella Disease could potentially be contracted.

If contracted, Legionella Disease will give pneumonia type affects with flu like systems which now being in an aerosol state, will initially hit the lungs. It will have an incubation period of 2 – 19 days (usually 6-7 days). Typical symptoms would include:

  • high fever
  • chills
  • headaches
  • severe muscular aches
  • breathlessness
  • diarrhoea
  • vomiting
  • confusion/ delirium

Whilst there is approximately 395 incidences per year, there is an approximate mortality rate of 12%. Much of this would depend on your sex, your age (risk increases with age particularly between 40-70), your habits (say smoking seriously affects the impact along with alcohol etc.) as well as does any other health existing issues (e.g. asthma, lung or heart disease, chronic respiratory or kidney disease etc.) that you may already have.

Legionella thrives in certain conditions, one being temperature but other conditions such as corrosion, scale, sediment, algae to name just a few in your system which will significantly promote its growth and the further the potential risk of catching Legionella Disease.

So if you are a commercial business or a landlord for example and should you have one of the following you may be at risk (*):

  • hot/cold water system;
  • shower heads or spray taps or TMV’s (Thermostatic Mixing Valves);
  • have any water systems incorporating evaporative cooling systems;
  • spas and whirlpool baths;
  • humidifiers and air washers;
  • fire suppression systems;
  • car wash, lance type pressure washers;
  • horticultural misting systems;
  • lawn sprinklers, hose pipes, fountains and water features;
  • lathe and machine tool cooling systems

* this list is not exhaustive but you get the general idea of the types of plant, equipment and systems at risk and particularly if water in any area is stagnant for example, outlets are infrequently used or water is held at temperatures of between 20°c to 45°c which then has some form of spray outlet.

So it doesn’t matter if you are a landlord, a hotel, a car wash, a hairdressers, a workshop/factory, a leisure centre/gym with a spa/whirlpool, a nursing home for example, if you are using any of the above or you may just have an old hot/cold water system with maybe infrequently used outlets, have dead legs on the system, too many system tanks against for your usage, then you could be at risk.

What we will do if you have any concerns at all is that we will firstly visit your premises. We can identify and assess potential sources of risk. Should you not already have one, we can prepare a site schematics for you and if appropriate, prepare a scheme for preventing and controlling the risk. We can assist you in implementing and managing precautions as well periodic checks, logs and record keeping. We can prepare your Risk Assessment which is legally required under various HSE regulations or just simply set up the systems for you to run yourself for us to periodically review.

Whatever the case may be, please feel free to contact us should you have any concerns or requirements and upon request, we can visit site to provide you with a free, no obligation quotation.

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