We are committed to providing our customers with an exceptional level of customer service. Over 90% of our first-time clients return to us for legionella risk assessments. They know that we only work with effective equipment, guarantee competitive prices, and focus on health and safety.
Legionella bacteria naturally occur in Scotland’s water sources such as rivers, lochs, and reservoirs. These bacteria can infiltrate manmade water systems and breed in your water tank. This is when Legionella becomes hazardous to human life.
Temperature is the most important factor concerning the spread of legionella:
Legionella is commonly transmitted by inhaling contaminated water droplets. Air conditioning cooling towers, hot and cold-water systems, humidifiers, showers and whirlpool spas are common culprits for harbouring legionella.
When you inhale contaminated droplets, you’re at risk of catching Legionnaires’ disease.
Legionnaire’s disease is a potentially fatal pneumonia. It’s frequently misdiagnosed because early symptoms resemble the flu or a cold. Legionnaires’ disease is fatal in around 10% of cases.
Groups at particular risk of Legionnaire’s disease are:
A Legionnaire’s Risk Assessment carried out by competent professionals is the best way to protect against Legionnaires’ disease.
In Scotland, any building that has a private water supply must be subject to a legionella risk assessment.
Any water system that stores and/or recirculates water is at high risk of breeding excess amounts of legionella. Below are a few water vessels that should be considered for a regular legionella risk assessment
An L8 is an approved Code of Practice & Guidance which offers practical advice on how to identify and manage the risk from exposure to Legionella bacteria in your water systems.
It states that you must understand how to:
Visit the Health and Safety Executive website for more information.
If you’re a competent landlord looking to conduct your own L8 Legionella Risk Assessment you can download the free template below. The template includes checklists for you or the health and safety responsible person in your organisation to audit for Legionella control in your premises’ water systems.
pHX are leading Legionella Risk Assessment providers in Scotland. 90% of first-time clients return to us for remedial works because they trust our expert team to keep their water safe and bacteria free.
We’ll keep you compliant with the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP L8, HSG 274) and rather than leave you with a list of problems, we combine remedial works, legionella testing and ongoing maintenance into one simple monthly repayment.
Our thorough risk assessment process means we’ve got you fully covered when it comes to Legionella and the law.
It is mandatory that landlords in Scotland risk assess their property to reduce the risk of exposure to Legionella. PHX offer full legally compliant Legionella Risk Assessments for landlords, homeowners, and commercial properties.
You are not legally obligated to review your Legionella risk assessment annually but it’s important to test your water from time to time in case anything changes.
The Legionella risk assessment can be carried out by anyone competent to do so. This could be the landlord or a specially trained water treatment company.
A Legionella risk assessment is different from water testing and water sampling. UK law requires you undertake a legionella risk assessment regularly in accordance with the Health and Safety Legislation at Work Act 1974 to show you are compliant with the HSE’s HSG 274 Legionella guidelines.
Following Legionella risk assessment, you may find that water testing or sampling is required as a precaution. Testing and sampling isn’t a legal requirement but may be necessary to ensure your water system is safe and to determine the most efficient way to manage your water system.
An L8 risk assessment and testing or sampling are best carried out together to maximise effectiveness and control.
A commercial Legionella risk assessment can vary from £250 to over £750.
Domestic Legionella risk assessments vary widely depending on the size of the property, water assets present and whether properties are multiple or single landlord.
Legionella is commonly transmitted by inhaling contaminated water droplets. Air conditioning cooling towers, hot and cold water systems, humidifiers, showers and whirlpool spas are common culprits for harbouring legionella.
Legionella bacteria naturally occurs in Scotland’s water sources such as rivers, lochs, and reservoirs. It can infiltrate manmade water systems and breed in your water tank between temperatures of 20°C and 45°C .
When you inhale contaminated droplets, you’re at risk of catching Legionnaires’ disease. Legionnaire’s disease is a potentially fatal pneumonia that’s fatal in around 10% of cases. That’s why it’s important to conduct a regular risk assessment for Legionnaire’s disease.
You cannot usually contract Legionella from drinking contaminated water. It’s more likely to become infected by inhaling tiny droplets of bacteria that contain the infection although you can get Legionnaire’s disease from taps and showers that aren’t used often and where stagnant water gathers.
Landlords in Scotland must ensure a legionella risk assessment has been carried out to determine the level of risk of any of the water in the rental property becoming contaminated with Legionella. The Legionella risk assessment can be carried out by anyone competent to do so.
Ensure you private water supply is safe for consumption and meets current regulations.
PHX Water provide water tank cleaning and disinfection services to businesses in Scotland.
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