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Commercial Legionella Risk Assessments In Exeter & Devon

Every UK business is required to carry out Legionella risk assessments to ensure that their premises are safe for employees and customers. This law also applies to landlords. Legionella is a bacteria that can cause serious illness, but it is easy to prevent.

What Is Legionella?

Legionella is a bacteria that can lead to Legionnaires’ disease if it’s inhaled. It can be fatal, so it is very important to reduce the risk as much as possible.

It lives in water and is commonly found in small amounts in lakes and reservoirs. However, in water systems like boilers and water tanks it can breed and multiply. When Legionella is allowed to multiply, it poses a significant health risk. If the infected water becomes vapour, breathing in the droplets will spread the bacteria and cause a pneumonia-like illness.

Legionella Risk Assessments For Businesses

Commercial premises tend to be larger and have more complex water systems than domestic homes. This means that there could be more risk of Legionella in the water. Therefore, regular checks must be carried out.

In particular, schools and healthcare organisations must not forget this vital inspection. Care homes that look after the elderly are a particular risk factor. If Legionnaires’ disease spreads among this vulnerable age group, the consequences could be fatal.

Managing the risk of Legionella in your business is easiest with professional help. You should only allow someone who is competent to be responsible for your assessment. By choosing GASLEC to carry out this inspection, your commercial Legionella risk assessment is in good hands. We can also educate a nominated individual in your company to give them to skills to manage the risk in between your inspections.

How Often Should You Get Commercial Legionella Risk Assessments?

The nature of your business will dictate how often you should carry out inspections. High risk premises like schools, hospitals and care homes should be checked and monitored frequently. The same applies for places that have hot tubs and spas, where Legionella is more likely to be a risk.

The size of your building will also play a part. Larger premises will have more complex systems that require more frequent checks. Hotels and offices should be checked every two years. Even if your site doesn’t have a water system or supply, you’re still legally required to get a commercial Legionella risk assessment. It’s likely that you won’t have to carry out any further maintenance, but the check must be done.

Any changes to water systems must be followed by a Legionella risk assessment. This applies to businesses of all sizes across all industries.

Legionella Risk Reduction Services

Our team can clean your water storage cisterns and service your thermostatic mixing valves (TMVs) to keep the risk of Legionella at bay. It’s recommended that you carry out maintenance annually for these devices.

Water tanks and cisterns must be cleared regularly. If you forget to do this, you’ll find that your tank fills up with sludge, dirt and grime. This provides the perfect breeding ground for Legionella, which can multiply quickly. You’ll also want to inspect the tank regularly to ensure that the lid closes properly and bugs can’t get in.

TMVs should be serviced once per year to ensure that they’re working correctly. These devices ensure that the flow of water has a controlled temperature, in order to prevent scalding. If your thermostatic mixing valve isn’t working, the water could be dangerously hot. It could also reduce the temperature of the water in your system to a dangerous level, allowing Legionella to grow.

For Commercial Legionella Risk Assessments In Exeter & Devon, Choose GASLEC

Our team of experts will carry out your commercial Legionella risk assessment and ensure that your premises are safe. Call us today to find out more about our services and book your inspection today.

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