In short, Legionella is pathogenic bacteria that causes a range of illnesses; such as Pontiac fever, Lochgoilhead and most seriously Legionnaires’ disease. Legionnaires’ disease affects around 250 people each year in the UK. The Legionella bacteria is contracted by inhaling small droplets of infected water from the air. So far, so scary, right?
How can I protect yourself?
Well, good news is that there is a tonne of legislation in place that means that business owners (including Landlords) must take steps to prevent and control the spread of the bacteria. Simple steps that you can practice at home such as making sure that no water is left to stagnate such as in ponds or water features, ensuring that hot water fed showers and taps are kept at over 60°C and use screen wash in your cars washers rather than just water.
Types of Businesses affected
As it falls under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, all employers need to be aware of their obligations in relation to Legionella, however, there are some business environments where the need to assessment need to be more regular include:
Swimming Pools, Gyms and Leisure Centres
Care Homes & Schools (due to the increased sensitivity of the aged and young to the pathogen)
Entertainment Venues such as Theatres and Cinemas
Water supply companies
What Are the Obligations for The Company?
Legionnaire’s Disease has been deemed as “preventable” by the HSE and as such the standard methodology for managing the risk falls into ensuring that risk assessments and suitable control measures are undertaken with due diligence.
The easiest way to learn all that you need to know about your company’s obligations and how to meet them is to attend a Legionella Awareness course. SOA Safety offer this course at their Cumbrian facilities. If you are looking to get the training you need but offered in an entertaining manner, then our team could be the perfect fit. While we ensure that all our students leave with the necessary skills and knowledge, we really believe that these sessions don’t need to be dull. Why not get in-touch with a member of our team, to see how we can help you with your training needs?