Preventing legionella (Legionnaires’ disease) is a necessity for those who own premises which are used for business or trade, or rented for residential or business purposes; any commercial premises that have a water distribution or storage system has to have proper measures taken to stop the spread of disease-causing bacteria. It is a rare disease, but one that poses serious health risks and is easily preventable. This article will explain what Legionnaires’ disease is, and the steps you can take to prevent it. Continue reading “Legionella and Legionnaires’ Disease – What is it?”
What is Legionnaires’ disease?
When people think of Legionnaires’ disease they don’t automatically associate it as a risk in the workplace. However as Legionella is a common bacteria it is sensible to undertake a Legionella risk assessment in any environment where heated water is present.
Legionella bacteria are a type of bacteria that are naturally found in natural water systems, e.g. rivers, lakes and ponds. It can pose a danger to humans if this bacterium finds its way into artificial water systems where water is maintained at a temperature high enough to encourage growth. Domestic and work appliances such as showers, water tanks, hot and cold water systems and spa pools are all examples of breeding grounds for Legionella. Continue reading “Legionella risk assessment”