Do I really need a legionella assessment…
Is it the law…
The answer to a very common question is absolutely Yes! It has been the law since 2001, and there are various regulations stipulating this. There is a common misunderstanding and perception that a risk assessment is not required, it is a Health & Safety requirement, Landlords and letting agents have a specific duty to ensure that this is carried out.
How are you affected….
All hot and cold water systems are a potential source.
Residential properties are a potential source for legionella bacteria due to the hot and cold water systems where bacteria growth can multiply and increase to dangerous levels and then spread. Common place areas are showers, taps, dishwashers and washing machine pipes.
How does Legionella bacteria grow…
Old or poorly maintained water systems are particularly at risk.
Additional conditions such as sludge, rust or scale feed the bacteria which encourages growth. Ideal conditions occur in water between 20 and 40 degrees C which is allowed to remain stagnant.
Ignoring the problem….