What is Legionnaires’ Disease?

What is Legionnaires’ Disease?

Legionnaires’ Disease is a serious form of pneumonia caused by a bacterium called Legionella. You can contract Legionella by the inhalation of small water droplets that are suspended in the air, also known as aerosols. The disease is more prevalent in men and mainly effects the middle-aged and elderly. Smokers and people with chest problems are more vulnerable to Legionnaires’ Disease.

High temperature, fever, cough, muscle pains and headache are some the symptoms of the disease. It is combination of one or more diseases that is a symptom of Legionnaires’. Legionella is found in water sources such as rivers and lakes. However, the bacteria may also be found in artificial water systems such as cooling towers, pool water, spas and other water storage places.

Do all work places need a Legionella risk assessment?

The HSC approved code of practice for legionella (L8) applies to ‘ any undertaking involving a work activity and to premises controlled in connection with a trade, business or other undertaking where water is used or stored and where there is a means of creating and transmitting water droplets which may be inhaled, thereby causing a reasonably foreseeable risk of exposure to legionella bacteria ‘. In short – if you have water on site that people can be exposed to, you need to assess and manage the risk from legionella bacteria.

Legionella Risk Assessment

A Legionella risk assessment should be comprehensive and meaningful offering the best advice to our clients of the means by which the risk can be removed or controlled and complying with the current regulations. The Health & Safety Commission require building operators to comply with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 and the Health and Safety Commission’s Approved Code of Practice & Guidance (L8) document 2001