This page provides all the essential information about legionella bacteria which landlords, employers and bodies in control of premises may need to know. Further guidance on detecting legionella and minimizing the risks from exposure to bacteria can be found at the bottom of the page. If you cannot find answers to your query on our website, do not hesitate to contact our office on 01225 462598 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Legionella bacteria are found in warm water (between 20-45°C) both in natural environments and manmade aquatic systems. Examples of their habitat include hot tubs, hot water tanks, plumbing systems, cooling towers, decorative fountains, spa facilities and other systems which store or re-circulate water and contain nutrients for the bacteria: microorganisms, rust, sludge or scale.
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If you are an employer, or a person in control of the premises (a landlord, a house owner, etc.), you need to understand risks associated with legionella. Health and safety regulations require landlords to carry out risk assessments for Legionella bacteria to identify, assess and, if needed, eradicate sources of risk. High water temperatures make it hard to maintain the disinfectant and pH levels needed to kill Legionella in manmade water systems, so it is crucial to know that you are not at risk. BPM engineers will be happy to help with carrying out the assessment and making sure that your property is safe from bacteria.
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Legionella is a pathogenic family of bacteria which can induce several diseases merged under the name of Legionellosis. These include the Pontiac fever with mild flu like symptoms and the Legionnaires’ disease which resembles pneumonia and may be fatal. The bacteria enter the organism when a person breathes in small droplets of infected water. It takes 2-14 days for the symptoms to begin, depending on the type of disease. However, most people exposed to the bacteria do not get infected, and cases of Legionellosis in the UK in recent years have been fairly rare. The disease in not contagious and cannot be passed from one person to another, thus a person diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease or the Pontiac fever in the workplace is not a threat to others who share office space or other areas with him or her.