Legionnaires’ Disease Prevention: 10 things you need to know

Are you aware of the risk of Legionnaires’ disease in your building? This article from business utilities consultant Smarter Business highlights 10 things you need to know about the bacteria.

Legionnaires’ disease prevention should be on the radar for any school, nursing home, healthcare institute, hotel or other large building. The disease may not be as rare as you think, with a 450% increase of reported cases in the past two decades.

What is Legionnaires’ disease?

Legionnaires’ disease develops when people breathe in small droplets of water infected by the Legionella bacteria. This potentially fatal disease is a severe form of pneumonia that affects around 500 people a year in England alone. It is fatal in approximately one in 10 cases. Legionella bacteria colonies may grow in man-made water systems.

For this reason, it’s important to control the risks by introducing appropriate testing and prevention measures. Here are 10 things you need to know about Legionnaires’ disease prevention

1. Legionnaires’ disease is a notifiable disease. This means that health professionals are required to inform local health protection teams of suspected cases.

2. Although Legionella bacteria can be found in harmlessly low numbers in natural water systems, it can multiply rapidly in artificial water supply systems such as air conditioning and water warming systems.

3. Legionnaires’ outbreaks usually peak between July and September in the UK (during the warmer summer months).

4. Legionnaires’ disease can infect your building’s hot and cold water systems.

5. Larger buildings with more complex water supplies – such as hospitals, hotels, and office blocks – are more vulnerable to Legionella contamination as bacteria in these systems can spread quickly.

6. The risk temperature range is between 20-45 degrees Celsius. A hot water system should be set to 60 degrees centigrade so that it delivers water to the taps at 55 degrees.

7. It is a legal duty to monitor and check your water temperatures constantly and to assess whether any Legionella risk is pre-set.

8. A Legionella risk assessment must take the individual characteristics of each hot and cold water system into account.

9. All records of assessments and testing of the water system should be kept on hand for two years and then stored or available for up to five years.

10. Sites should have diagrams of their water systems.

Free title image from Pixabay.

 

EAN Content

Content shared by this account is either news shared free by third parties or sponsored (paid for) content from third parties. Please be advised that links to third party websites are not endorsed by Estate Agent Networking - Please do your own research before committing to any third party business promoted on our website.

You May Also Enjoy

Breaking News

BREAKING PROPERTY NEWS – 28/06/2022

Daily bite-sized proptech and property news in partnership with Proptech-X.   Renting to Students: TDS Poll Confirms Common Issues and Reasons for Disputes in Student Lets PRESS RELEASE: A recent poll by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) asked agents and landlords about their experiences when renting to students. The TDS poll discovered common disagreements, the top causes of…
Read More
Budworth Hardcastle
Breaking News

Eddisons snap up Budworth Hardcastle for £1.8m

East Midlands based (in two separate locations) commercial property firm Budworth Hardcastle founded in the 1990’s with 18 staff members have been acquired by Eddisons. Budworth Hardcastle is a privately owned multi-disciplinary Chartered Surveying practice which is Regulated by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – Formerly Marriott Hardcastle and Budworth Brown prior to merging.…
Read More
Estate Agent Talk

How to Safely use Scaffolding Around the Home

If you have any work to be done around the outside of your home at a height you can’t easily reach, your first answer is to go for a ladder. But though they don’t look like a hazard, ladders are in fact very dangerous pieces of equipment responsible for many injuries that result in minor…
Read More
Breaking News

BREAKING PROPERTY NEWS – 27/06/2022

Daily bite-sized proptech and property news in partnership with Proptech-X.   On The Market: Housing market starts to rebalance as remarkable buyer and seller confidence prevails PRESS RELEASE: Our latest Property Sentiment Index shows confidence remained strong among serious buyers and sellers as supply and demand in the market has begun to show signs of rebalancing. –…
Read More
Breaking News

Johnny Cash’s California Home

Johnny Cash often sang about the hills and flowers and wide-open spaces, and he lived it too. In 1961, Johnny built a 4,500-square-foot home in rural Casitas Springs, California as his quiet place to escape from the rock ‘n roll lifestyle. A place he and his wife, Vivian, and their three daughters could enjoy family…
Read More
Estate Agent Talk

How do Estate Agents Need to Adapt Their Methods to Sell to Younger Generations?

The average real estate agent is 49 years old, while the median age of a prospective first-time homebuyer is 33. That’s a significant gap, and it highlights how a lot of agents may be out of touch with the best ways to connect with today’s property purchasers. The process of selling houses, apartments, and other…
Read More