Frequently Asked Questions


What is legionella?

Legionella pneumophila, is the causative organism for most cases of Legionnaires' disease... Legionnaires' disease


What is Legionnaires' disease?

Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia. It was named after an outbreak of severe pneumonia, which affected a meeting of the American Legion in 1976. It is an uncommon but serious disease.

The illness occurs more frequently in men than women.

It usually affects middle-aged or elderly people and it more commonly affects smokers or people with other chest problems.

Legionnaires' disease is uncommon in younger people and is very uncommon under the age of 20 ... Legionnaires' disease


What is Legionella pneumophila?

Legionella pneumophila, is the causative organism for most cases of Legionnaires' disease ... Legionnaires' disease


How do people get Legionnaires' disease?

The germ which causes Legionnaires’ disease is a bacterium called Legionella pneumophila.

People catch Legionnaires' disease by inhaling small droplets of water suspended in the air, which contain the Legionella bacterium.

However, most people who are exposed to Legionella do not become ill.

Legionnaires' disease does not spread from person to person ... Legionnaires' disease


Where does Legionnaires' disease come from?

The bacterium which causes Legionnaires' disease is widespread in nature.

It mainly lives in water, for example ponds, where it does not usually cause problems.

Outbreaks occur from purpose-built water systems where temperatures are warm enough to encourage growth of the bacteria, e.g. in cooling towers, evaporative condensers, spa pools and from water used for domestic purposes in buildings such as offices, hospitals, hotels.

Most community outbreaks in the United Kingdom have been linked to installations such as cooling towers or evaporative condensers, which can spread droplets of water over a wide area.

These are found as part of air-conditioning and industrial cooling systems ... Legionnaires' disease


What measures are there to control Legionnaires' disease?

To prevent the occurrence of Legionnaires' disease, companies which operate these systems must comply with safety regulations requiring them to manage, maintain and treat their systems properly.

Amongst other things, this means that the water must be treated and the system cleaned regularly ... Legionnaires' disease


What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of Legionnaires' disease are similar to the symptoms of the flu:

    • high temperature, feverishness and chills;
    • cough;
    • muscle pains;
    • headache; and leading on to
    • pneumonia, very occasionally
    • diarrhoea and signs of mental confusion.

How is Legionnaires' disease treated?

The illness is treated with an antibiotic called erythromycin or a similar antibiotic.


Is there a glossary of legionella related terms?

We provide a comprehensive glossary of Legionella terms that can be found here ... Legionella glossary


Who are Legionella Control International?

Legionella Control International are world leading legionella specialists providing wholly independent and impartial consulting advice on all matters relating to the control, management and prevention of legionella associated risks.

A trusted advisor to many of the globes most respected organisations Legionella Control International are world class legionella experts advising and supporting organisations across most commercial, industrial, healthcare, governmental and non-profit sectors.

As independent consulting specialists we offer our clients completely impartial advice on a full range of legionella risk management and other environmental safety issues ... about us


Are you members of the Legionella Control Association?

Yes, Legionella Control International are members of the United Kingdoms Legionella Control Association and are approved to perform a range of specialist legionella risk management, training and water analysis activities.

Our Legionella Control Association Code of Conduct registration certificate can be reviewed here ... registration certificate.


Are you independent?

Yes, Legionella Control International are world leading legionella specialists providing wholly independent and impartial consulting advice on all matters relating to the control, management and prevention of legionella associated risks.

As independent consulting specialists we offer our clients completely impartial advice on a full range of legionella risk management and other environmental safety issues.


What formal accreditations do you hold?

Legionella Control International are members of the United Kingdoms Legionella Control Association accredited to perform a range of specialist legionella risk management, training and water analysis activities ... LCA certificate

We are also recognised by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and are accredited with both ISO9001:2008 for our quality standards and ISO14001:2004 for our environmental management standards.

Additionally we are recognised "Investors In People", and are also members of the UK Governments Constructionline registration scheme.


Do you carry out legionella risk assessments?

Yes, Legionella Control International's teams of experienced legionella risk management specialists offer expert and impartial advice on the prevention and control of exposure to legionella bacteria in all engineered water systems including hot and cold water systems, cooling systems, cooling towers, and complex and novel water systems. ... legionella risk assessment


Do you offer legionella training and awareness courses?

Yes, Legionella Control International offer a range of accredited legionella training and awareness courses, seminars and practical skills based workshops ... legionella training


Do you carry out independent legionella compliance audits?

Yes, Legionella Control International's impartial legionella compliance audits provide an independent overview of an organisations current state of regulatory compliance identifying areas where non-compliance may place that organisation at risk.

Our expert audit services have been developed to give organisations the confidence that their existing legionella control systems, management practices and day-to-day activities are legally compliant and that they can demonstrate this to the controlling authorities without issue ... independent legionella audits


Do you provide legionella risk management services?

Yes. Although it is impossible to guarantee that pathogenic micro-organisms such as Legionella will not exist in a water system, through proactive management and effective control programs it is possible to dramatically reduce the factors that allow those responsible bacteria to proliferate ... legionella risk management


Do you offer business continuity and emergency management support?

Yes, Legionella Control International offer a comprehensive range of expert business continuity planning and practical crisis management services to organisations both in the United Kingdom and internationally.

Our expert business continuity services have been developed to ensure an organisations critical business functions will continue to operate in the aftermath of a disaster or serious incident; or that those functions can be recovered in a timely manner allowing the organisation to manage the impact of such an incident in a controlled manner ... business continuity management


Do you provide procurement management and competitive tender services?

Yes, Legionella Control International’s experienced procurement management team offer expert and impartial advice to organisations across a range of services that includes supplier selection, specification development, tender evaluation and contract management that seek to improve service delivery and quality standards, reduce costs and mitigate client contract risk ... procurement management


Do you offer expert witness and litigation support services?

Yes, Legionella Control International provides specialist legionella and Legionnaires' disease expert witness and litigation support services for lawyers, insurance companies, organisations and private individuals.

Our expert witness services encompass a range of technical, scientific, environmental and engineering subjects directly associated with Legionnaires’ disease and the control and management of legionella risks within the built environment ... expert witness


Can you create schematic drawings?

Yes, Legionella Control International's experts can create well-designed schematics in a range of electronic formats that help to create simplicity from complexity, allowing plant operators, facilities managers and engineers to gain a better understanding of their water systems, highlight areas of potential legionella risk, and so assist in the safe and efficient operation of the facility ... schematics


Do you provide legionella testing and laboratory analysis services?

Yes, Legionella Control International’s laboratory services provide specialist testing and analysis of environmental water samples for legionella bacteria and other waterborne pathogens to support the environmental risk management activities employed to support our industrial, commercial, non-profit and governmental clients around the world.

Our expert laboratory and microbiology services operate to strict quality control and laboratory accreditation standards to ensure accuracy and reliability ... legionella testing


Do you offer legionella logbooks and electronic logbook software?

Yes, Legionella Control International's LegionellaSafe is a state of the art, user-friendly legionella risk management logbook software system that delivers significant management, regulatory compliance, safety performance and cost benefits.

LegionellaSafe has been developed as a direct replacement for the traditional paper based legionella logbook and is ideal for any organisation responsible for the management and control of risks associated with legionella and other pathogenic microorganisms in engineered water systems across either single or multi-site facilities ... legionella logbook software


Do you provide water hygiene services?

Yes, Legionella Control International’s professional water hygiene services team offer a range of system disinfection and planned, preventive maintenance programmes designed to control and prevent the proliferation of pathogenic micro-organisms such as Legionella in water systems and stored supplies.


How do I contact you?

If you would like to contact us are details are as follows:

Legionella Control International
Statham House
Talbot Road
Manchester M32 0FP
United Kingdom

t: +44(0) 161 877 0586
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