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What is Legionella risk assessment
Well, due to the simple reason that domestic properties are at low risk of Legionella attack, so apparently, you don’t need to have put a lot of effort in Legionella assessment. A professional is only necessary when you don’t have the required knowledge about the mechanism or, somehow you don’t feel comfortable doing it. In that case, the professional will carry out a detailed assessment. All you are required to do is just to keep the record of their findings
Steps Involved In Legionella Risk Assessment
Here are the steps involved in a complete legionella risk assessment. You can carry them out by yourself, or with the help of some professional:
Identify the sources
To find the solution to any problem, first of all we have to identify them. So what you or your professional consultant will have to do is to identify the hazards that can contribute to spreading the bacteria. In case if you are on your own, make a list of all the water systems in your property and how each of them can be a potential source to the spreading of legionella.
Here is the precise list of whatever you’ve to check for
- Is there any part in the system where the water temperature is between 20 to 45°C.
- Whether some water is stored or re-circulated as a part of your system.
- Are there any possible conditions for the bacteria to multiply?
- Any sources of nutrients such as sludge, rust etc.
- Water droplets, if they are spreading in a large area.
- You can identify any of them easily on the sight!
Implement control measures quickly!
Once you’ve identified the sources or hazards, don’t waste a second to implement the control measures. But before that, check for things that are already in place and can withstand the conditions. However, if anything needs to be updated, don’t even give it a second thought.
Control measures include the following things
- Carrying out regular inspection and necessary maintenance procedures.
- Monitoring water temperatures to make sure it doesn't stay between 20-45°C.
- Regular cleaning of water systems.
- To keep unauthorized or unprofessional people away from water systems.
- Setting the control parameters. E.g such as keeping hot water above 50-60°C.
- Flushing out water systems prior to removing filthy or stagnant water.
- Removal of useless pipes or any water-related accessories.
Well, you can carry out many of these measures by yourself. However, if you don’t feel like you should be doing it, or have no proper knowledge about water systems. Then it’d be better if you consult a professional because doing so will keep you safe from any unnecessary troubles.
Moreover, once the assessment and fixation is done, make sure you advise your tenants to follow the precautionary measures and do essential maintenance such as cleaning the showerheads regularly and to not do temperature adjustments by themselves
Reviewing on regular bases is necessary in order to keep everything in control. Look for any changes in the property that can affect the risk assessment and then take the required steps to overcome it. The review should be carried out after every passing year.
Here is some of the information you should consider collecting after each review
- Changes to the water system or its way of use.
- Any changes in the building that can affect the water installments.
- Any changes to the use of buildings that is directly or indirectly related to water use.
Here are some advantages of reviewing the system:
- New information about risks and control measures comes available.
- Indication of effective or non-effectiveness of control measures.
- Getting knowledge about things that are needed to be repaired.
Keep the records
Last but not least, keeping the records is absolutely important. Not only will it help you legally if anyone gets affected with legionnaires' disease even after the assessment is done, but it will also help you keep a check on the things that you’ve already repaired or have left to be repaired later. The record of Legionella risk assessment should be kept at least two to five years until a fresh Legionella risk assessment is done.
What will it cost?
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