Domestic Legionella reports

Legionella bacteria are widespread in natural water systems, e.g. rivers and ponds.

What is it?
Legionellosis is a collective term for diseases caused by legionella bacteria including the most serious Legionnaires’ disease, as well as the similar but less serious conditions of Pontiac fever and Lochgoilhead fever.

Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and everyone is susceptible to infection. The risk increases with age, but some people are at higher risk including:
  • People over 45 years of age
  • Smokers and heavy drinkers
  • People suffering from chronic respiratory or kidney disease
  • Diabetes, lung and heart disease
  • Anyone with an impaired immune system

How do people get it?
People contract Legionnaires' disease by inhaling small droplets of water (aerosols) suspended in the air containing the bacteria.

The bacterium Legionella pneumophila and related bacteria are common in natural water sources such as rivers, lakes and reservoirs, but usually in low numbers. They may also be found in purpose built water systems such as domestic hot and cold water systems, spa pools etc. If conditions are suitable, the bacteria may grow increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease and it is therefore important to control the risks by introducing appropriate measures such as a flushing regimes.

The Health and Safety Executive published guidance on legionnaires disease which advise those ‘in control of premises’ including landlords of residential property have a legal duty to ensure that the risk posed by legionella bacteria is properly assessed and controlled.

We have an in-house risk assessment officer, who if instructed, will:

  • Identify and assess any risks
  • Advise on prevention measures
  • Advise on a flushing regime
  • Inform you of our findings
  • Review the risks as required

Contact us to book an assessment