What is Legionella?
Legionella, or Legionella Pneumophila, is a natural bacterium commonly found in rivers and ponds, however, it can contaminate any water source if the environment is right. Legionella thrives in temperatures between 20°C - 45°C and growth is supported by rust, sludge, scale, algae and other biological material.
This is why it can often be found in wet or damp environments such as; air conditioning units, showers, taps, toilets, spa pools, and saunas.
The importance of prevention
Legionella can be fatal. Currently, every year there are an average 341 cases of Legionella reported in the UK, and between 2014 - 2016 there were 57 deaths as a result.
Many of these deaths are preventable. Often cases of Legionella occur due to an oversight of certain environments that Legionella thrive in, and this can purely be down to a lack of expertise of the responsible person in that particular area of health and safety.
Robust Legionella risk management is essential to protect you, your colleagues and others from harm. All landlords, property owners and property managers have a legal requirement to assess and maintain an assessment of the risks of Legionella in the workplace.