Legionella Risk Assessments & Audits

What is Legionella?

Much has been learnt and written about Legionnaires’ disease and about the control of Legionellosis, yet outbreaks still occur.

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia. It is an uncommon but serious disease.
The bacterium which causes Legionnaires’ disease is widespread in nature. It mainly lives in water e.g. 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, whirlpool spas and from water used for domestic purposes in buildings such as hotels.

NIFES Services

Our experience and expertise means we can provide the following services:

  • Training
  • Policy, Procedure and a Written Scheme
  • PPM Planning and Log Books
  • Annual Audits
  • Risk Assessments
  • Emergency Response Planning
  • Advice and Support
  • Plant Upgrade Implementation and Project Management
  • Outbreak Investigation & Support
  • Water Hygiene Assessment
  • Water Consumption Analysis
  • Effluent Treatment Feasibility Studies
  • Conditions Surveys
  • Assistance Meeting the Legal Requirements

What is involved:

If you’re responsible for the control, there is detailed site work which is necessary to determine water system conditions and to identify risks.

Our objectives are simple; to review and assess the risk in order to meet with the L8
code of practice and guidance. The results of this site work are produced in risk assessments, costed recommendations and up-dated drawings.

As part of our detailed outputs, we will provide a schematic drawing and photos (as is reasonably practicable).

NIFES provide a strategic and practical approach to health and safety management, covering both short and long term objectives. We analyse information from physical surveys and existing data to produce health and safety audits, risk assessment reviews, training needs analyses and compliance gap analyses.

Legionella bacteria require a supply of nutrients to multiply. Sources include algae, amoebae and other bacteria. The presence of sediment, sludge, scale and other material within water systems, together with biofilms, are also thought to play an important role in harboring and providing favorable conditions in which the legionella bacteria may grow.

For more information, please contact:

Adrian Carter

Tel: 0161 969 4901

Mob: 07786 277497

E-mail: adrian.carter@nifes.co.uk