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LEGIONELLA

Legionella is a naturally occurring bacteria which can be found in all water sources such as lakes, rivers and reservoirs. Legionnaires disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumoniacontracted by beathing in contaminated aerosols (tiny water droplets) with high levels of Legionella bacteria. Symptoms are flu like progressing to pneumonia and include fever, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting and mental confusion can be common. The fatality rate is roughly 12%.

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Incorrectly managed or installed water systems and pipework can provide the necessary growth conditions for Legionella and other bacteria. The first step in a sound water hygiene program is a Legionella Risk Assessment which will assess the system and advise remedial actions to correct any issues found. A Control Scheme will then be put in place to manage and record the required monitoring and sampling programs.

For more information …

Link to Legionella Risk Assessment page on H&H website

It is the responsibility of the duty holders / building owners / facility managers to provide a safe environment for staff, visitors, contractors and the general public within their own facility but also consider their impact on nearby buildings.

Halpin and Hayward Ltd offer a full range of Water treatment services from Legionella Risk Assessment through to implementation of a control scheme to assist our clients in discharging their duties under current legislation such as Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, associated Irish Guidance and industry best practice. The prevailing guidance in Ireland is the HPSC (Health Protection Surveillance Centre) National Guidelines for the Control of Legionellosis in Ireland : 2009.

https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/legionellosis/guidance/nationalguidelinesforthecontroloflegionellosisinireland/

https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg274.htm

Call us today to discuss managing your Legionella obligations.