Legionella is a bacterium and is therefore easier to control and manage than if it was a virus. It is commonly found in water sources such as natural rivers, lakes and reservoirs. Legionella bacteria can also be found in soil and anywhere that water has settled.
The control of legionella bacteria in water systems falls under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH).
Part 1. The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Evaporative Cooling Systems.
Part 2. The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Hot and Cold Water Systems.
Part 3. The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Other Systems.
The regulations state that all non domestic properties and communal areas of managed buildings are required to have had a Legionella risk assessment conducted to protect the occupants of the building from Legionellosis and Pontiac fever. Rented property is also subject to the regulations and landlords are required to have had a risk assessment conducted.
TACsurveys can conduct a risk assessment on your property and provide all the necessary recommendations to reduce and risks and subsequently ensure your compliance under HASAW 1974.