I am qualified to issue a Legionella Risk Assessment which can be used for a variety uses. I cover West Midlands, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Some of the major towns I cover are listed on this page.
What Is Legionnaires' Disease?
Legionella is bacteria which is common in water sources. Legionnaires' disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and everyone is susceptible to this disease.
Do You Need A Legionella Risk Assessment?
If you are an employer or you are in control of premises (this includes landlords) you should understand the health risks associated with legionella. The HSE advises that if you are an employer or a person in control of premises, you are responsible for health and safety and have to take the right precautions to reduce the risk or any exposure to legionella. You can also appoint someone like me who is competent to carry out a legionella risk assessment.
I am usually asked to carry out a Legionella Risk Assessment for the following reasons:
- certifying a rental property
- certifying a commercial property such as a shop or office
- certifying a domestic property where the homeowner wants peace of mind that his/her water source is safe
What Does Legionella Testing Involve?
Testing involves identifying and assessing any source of risk in the premises. An understanding of the water system is very important and so is understanding the equipment that comes with the system such as pumps, heat exchangers, showers, sinks and taps.
A risk from exposure to legionella could occur and it would be my job to assess this risk. I would assess whether:
- water in all or some parts of the system is between 20-45 degrees
- water is stored or recirculated as part of your system
- sources of rust, sludge or scale exist
- existing conditions are likely to encourage bacteria
- water droplets are being produced
- employees or residents are susceptible to infection due to age
Who Can Produce A Legionella Risk Assessment?
The HSE advises that you need someone who is competent and has the necessary skills and knowledge of the system and experience. That person could be you, one of your workers or someone competent from outside of your business. If you are confident you can carry out a Legionella Risk Assessment and you have the equipment, you may feel that you can appoint yourself as the person to take on the ongoing management of risk.
What Does A Legionella Risk Assessment Look Like?
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What Does An EICR Cost?
Prices for the rest of my services are here.