Legionella & Water Safety Management
Legionella Control International is a world-leading legionella risk management company. We are recognised as experts in our specialist areas of operation and provide a comprehensive range of risk management services developed specifically for the control of Legionnaires’ disease and Legionella bacteria in ALL engineered water systems including hot and cold water systems, cooling systems (cooling towers) and other man-made systems that utilise water.
Legionella bacteria, the causative organism for Legionnaires’ disease is widespread in the natural environment and is commonly found in natural waters, for example lakes and ponds, where it does not usually cause a problem to human health.
However, problems can arise when water is used within the built-environment, specifically man-made systems where water temperatures can become warm enough to encourage the growth of Legionella bacteria (20°C to 45°C), for example in cooling towers, evaporative condensers, air-conditioning systems and spa pools, and from water used for domestic purposes (taps, showers etc.) in buildings such as offices, hotels, schools and universities.
Legionnaires’ disease is a rare, but severe form of pneumonia and is caught by breathing in small droplets of water (an aerosol) contaminated with Legionella bacteria. To learn more about this condition including how the disease is transmitted, its epidemiology, diagnosis, medical treatment and prognosis please click the following link.
Risk to Public Health
Legionnaires’ disease, although rare still presents a significant risk to public health and as such, in the United Kingdom and in many other countries around the world, the control of legionella bacteria is carefully regulated by specific health and safety law.
In the UK such Legionellosis risks to public health are regulated by a number of important Acts including the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH). Additionally, the Health & Safety Executives ACOP L8 “Legionnaires’ Disease: The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems – Approved Code of Practice (L8)”, and HSG274 Parts 1, 2 and 3 offer further, more specific information and guidance.
World-Leading Legionella Risk Management Company
We offer impartial advice on a comprehensive range of legionella prevention and control issues including risk management, regulatory compliance and other environmental safety matters. Our professional legionella risk assessment, laboratory water testing, City & Guilds accredited legionella training and other advisory services include:
A legionella risk assessment is an important management process that will help to protect you, your employees and your organisation from harm. It is a legal requirement and is specifically identified by the Health & Safety Executive in their Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L8 “Legionnaires’ disease. The control of legionella bacteria in water systems”.
We offer a range of UKAS accredited, laboratory based legionella testing and water analysis services that will analyse environmental water samples for legionella bacteria and other waterborne pathogens to support the environmental risk management activities of our clients around the world.
We offer an extensive range of City & Guilds legionella training courses, seminars and practical skills-based workshops that have been specifically developed to meet the needs of candidates at all levels of technical competence and experience.
We offer a full range of online legionella training courses that have been developed to suit a wide range of competence and compliance requirements including those of company owners and directors, senior managers, health and safety managers, property and facilities managers, engineering staff and those with specific responsibility for the control of legionella related risks including the “Duty Holder”, the “Responsible Person” and deputy positions.
The appointment of an Authorising Engineer (Water) in hospitals and other healthcare environments can deliver significant safety benefits to patients, staff and others. It is also considered best practice and allows healthcare providers to demonstrate that they have appropriate governance arrangements in place and that these are managed effectively.
A legionella compliance audit is a detailed review of an organisations risk management procedures and day-to-day activities to determine whether it is compliant with current legislation and guidance relating to the control of legionella bacteria in water systems.
A written scheme of control is a comprehensive Legionellosis risk management document that clearly identifies those measures required to control the risks from exposure to legionella bacteria, and how those measures are implemented and managed so that control over water systems is achieved and remains effective.
World-leading Pseudomonas risk assessment specialist. Expert in the delivery of pragmatic health and safety solutions to hospitals and healthcare organisations that include the control of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Legionella bacteria and other water borne pathogens that contaminate man-made water systems.
Current legislation and guidance relating to the control of Legionellosis in water systems concentrates primarily on the most common water systems, cooling systems and domestic hot and cold water systems.
We provide specialist expert witness and litigation support services in matters relating to Legionnaires’ disease and the control and management of legionella risks. We act for a wide range of clients including lawyers, insurance companies, commercial organisations, public bodies and private individuals.
The procurement of specialist building and engineering works can be challenging for any organisation, even more so when it involves complex building services installations and remedial works associated with water quality standards and the control of legionella risks in water systems.
We offer a comprehensive range of expert business continuity planning and practical crisis management services to organisations across all commercial, industrial, healthcare, governmental and non-profit sectors.
Our LegionellaSafe is a state of the art, user-friendly legionella logbook risk management software system that delivers significant management, regulatory compliance, safety performance and cost benefits.
Schematic drawings form an integral part of any prudent legionella risk management programme and are a specific requirement of the Health & Safety Executive’s procedures dealing with the control of legionella bacteria in water systems.
Our experts have developed a suite of specialist legionella test kits, meters, thermometers, rapid test kits and more… designed specifically to assist those with responsibility for the prevention and control of legionella risks in engineered water systems.