If you own or manage a property, Legionella Risk Assessments are important to help you identify any potential risks and put in place measures to control them.
We’re experts in Legionella risk assessments, so we can help you make sure your property is safe. We’ll also provide you with advice on what to do if you identify any risks.
Are legionella risk assessments a legal requirement?
No, a legionella risk assessment is not currently a legal requirement in the UK. However, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommends that all businesses carry out a risk assessment to identify any potential legionella hazards. If you have any questions about carrying out a risk assessment, our team of experts at Focus 360 Energy can help.
How often do you need a legionella risk assessment?
A legionella risk assessment is typically required every two years, although the frequency may be higher if the property is located in an area with a high risk of Legionnaires’ disease. The assessment should be carried out by a qualified professional who will identify any potential sources of legionella bacteria and assess the risks posed.
They will also provide advice on how to control the risks, such as ensuring adequate levels of chlorine in the water supply.
Who can carry out legionella risk assessment?
At Focus 360 Energy, our team of experts can carry out legionella risk assessments for both residential and commercial properties. This includes assessing the potential for Legionnaires’ disease and other waterborne illnesses, as well as assessing the risks from other sources such as cooling towers and hot and cold water systems. We will also provide you with a report detailing our findings and recommendations.
How can you test for Legionella?
If you’re a property owner or manager, it’s important to be aware of the potential for Legionella bacteria to grow in your water system. This bacteria can cause Legionnaires’ disease, a serious and potentially fatal respiratory illness.
You can test for Legionella in a number of ways, including taking water samples and sending them to a laboratory for analysis, or using a specialized testing kit. If you suspect that there may be Legionella in your water system, it’s important to contact a qualified professional who can help you safely and effectively test for and remove any bacteria.
When do you need to test for Legionella?
You should test for Legionella if:
- You have had a confirmed case of Legionnaires’ disease at your property
- You have had two or more cases of pneumonia within a four-week period
- You have received complaints about water quality or respiratory problems
If you are unsure whether you need to test for Legionella, our experts at Focus 360 Energy can help you assess the risks and develop a plan to keep your property safe.
Why do we test for Legionella in water?
We test for Legionella in water because it is a bacteria that can cause Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia. Legionella is found naturally in fresh water and can grow in man-made water systems, such as cooling towers, hot tubs, and showers. People can get Legionnaires’ disease when they breathe in mist or vapor from contaminated water.
How long should you flush taps for Legionella?
You should always flush your taps for at least two minutes to ensure that any Legionella bacteria present in the water are removed. This is especially important if you have recently been on holiday, as Legionella can proliferate in warm, stagnant water. If you are unsure about how to properly flush your taps, please contact our team of experts at Focus 360 Energy. We would be happy to advise you on the best way to keep your property safe and free from Legionella contamination.
How much does a Legionella Risk Assessment cost?
At Focus 360 Energy, we offer a Legionella Risk Assessment service for both residential and commercial properties. Our prices start at £85 + VAT for a small property and £250 + VAT for a large property. We also offer discounts for multiple properties.