Legionella Risk Assessment & Control
Eliminating the risk of Legionella bacteria in your water systems
Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia caused by a bacterium known as Legionella pneumophila, most commonly found in natural aquatic environments such as rivers, lakes, and groundwater. However, there are certain circumstances in which man-made water systems can provide the ideal breeding ground for the bacteria.
The illness usually starts with flu-like symptoms including fever, tiredness, headache, and muscle pains. This is followed by a dry cough and breathing difficulties that may progress to severe pneumonia.
Legal Requirement for Legionella Risk Assessment
As part of the law outlined in The Safety, Health, and Welfare at Work Act 2005 (S.I. No. 10 of 2005), measures are required to be in place to manage the risk of exposure to Legionella bacteria in the workplace. There are plenty of documented examples of organizations failing to comply with the relevant laws and industry regulations, which have resulted in tragic incidents that had serious financial and legal consequences.
We, at Celtic Water Solutions, have extensive knowledge and expertise of the factors that contribute to legionella risk and have carried out risk assessments for a variety of industries across Ireland. No matter the type or size of your water systems, our risk assessors can tackle the work safely and ensure compliance with HPSC’s guidelines.
Our comprehensive and compliant Legionella risk assessments include identification and evaluation of all potential sources of risk associated with Legionella within your building’s water system.
We believe a thorough legionella risk assessment should include the following:
• A documented system overview, including pipework schematics and photographic evidence
• Testing of hot and cold water throughout the building at key points
• Survey of any cold water storage tanks and hot water storage vessels
• Flow and stagnation tests
• Inspection for aerosol formation hazards
• Supply of digital thermometers, records and basic training to your staff
• Provide an overall risk score for the premises and recommended review date
Water sampling and testing involve an engineer coming to collect samples from key points around your site which are then securely delivered to an INAB accredited lab for analysis.
Following the site visit, the risk assessment is typed up and issued to you electronically and/or in hardcopy depending on your requirements. The Legionella Risk Assessment Report will identify any risks as well as any remedial actions necessary to meet current regulations.
Our qualified experts will recommend precautionary measures to reduce the overall risk of exposure to legionella bacteria. These may include management responsibility & training, improvement works, and routine inspection. Our recommendations are prioritized which means your money will be spent on high priority actions, thereby eliminating any potential risks going forward.
Why Choose Celtic Water Solutions for Legionella Risk Assessment?
Celtic Water Solutions brings together years of expertise to deliver excellent services to a variety of clients. We understand that no two businesses are the same and deliver a customized service tailored to your business needs. With nearly 2 decades of experience in the water treatment industry, we strive for excellence. Our long list of clients is a testimony to the fact that we deliver what we promise.
Our team of qualified Legionella risk assessors is fully trained in legionella control and has a background in the water systems. CWS’s Legionella Risk Assessment programme is designed in strict accordance with recommended practices and guidelines on the control of legionella from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre’s ‘National Guidelines for the Control of Legionellosis in Ireland 2009’.
Kindly contact our office to arrange a no-obligation quote for your water systems.