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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.
Legionella risk assessment specialists

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.

Alcumus provides Legionella risk assessment services for a wide range of industrial and commercial clients of all sizes. We support you in legionnaires’ disease prevention, and help ensure you are following the HSE approved code of practice and guidance (ACoP L8 and HSG274 Parts 1-3), and remain compliant. Alcumus HSE is also a member of the Legionella Control Association (LCA).  We are advocates for its Recommended Code of Conduct which aims to raise standards in the control of legionella bacteria in water systems.LCA-Logo-(3).png

The Alcumus Legionella team is made up of expert water consultants who work with you to identify the risks and put procedures in place to eliminate any current issues and prevent future contamination. We take the burden off you or the responsible person in your business. Trust in our Legionella expertise to help keep your workplace staff safe and your business compliant.
 

Boost your knowledge


For more information on Legionella, how to prevent it and what your legal obligations are, download our free whitepaper which covers:
 
  • What is Legionella, and why it's a risk to humans
  • The ideal Legionella environment for the bacteria to grow and thrive
  • Common mistakes made by businesses
  • The sectors who are particularly at risk, and finally
  • What you can do to mitigate the Legionella risks.
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