Leading legionella water risk assessments in London

Legionella inspections for all businesses and rental properties in the capital

Are you looking for efficient legionella testing in London that you can rely on? The team at UK PAT provides cost-effective and high-quality legionella risk assessments, and we can carry out complete legionella water testing to manage risk and ensure compliance.

Our risk assessors provide bespoke water risk assessments according to your requirements and premises, and once the evaluation has been conducted, we will issue you with a comprehensive report.

UK PAT is a team of property compliance experts, and we have a great depth of understanding regarding our clients’ obligations to provide safe buildings or workplaces. So you can rely on us to carry out thorough assessments in a thorough and timely manner.

Much of our work comes from word-of-mouth recommendations from previous clients – please see our reviews and recommendations on Checkatrade.com.

For more information or to request a quote, please call 020 8798 2650.

What is legionella, and why are water risk assessments in London important?

UK PAT offers legionella risk assessments across London. Legionella bacteria live in natural water sources such as lakes, rivers, and ponds. They can also be found in hot and cold water systems, spas, and cooling towers.

Any of these environments could prove to be a breeding ground for legionella growth. However, the risk of growth is more prevalent in areas where water is stored or recirculated or where water droplets could be inhaled.

Legionella is known to cause Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia that can prove potentially fatal. Groups particularly at risk include people suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes and kidney disease.

Legionella bacteria requires three things to thrive:

  • Temperature: Legionella thrives between 20 to 45 degrees Celsius. At below 20 degrees, they remain dormant, and temperatures above 50 degrees will kill the bacteria.
  • Nutrients: Legionella likes areas with a ready source of nutrients, including sludge, algae or rust. This could be near railway bridges, for example.
  • Stagnation: Areas of redundant pipework or infrequently used outlets will help legionella bacteria to grow. This can be worse in older buildings.

If water is located in areas where legionella can grow, the risk of exposure is increased, so this risk must be managed effectively.

London legionella testing – Who is responsible?

Completing legionella risk assessments in London is a legal obligation under The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, ACOP L8, HSG274, and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002.

This means that in commercial environments of all descriptions, a competent individual appointed by the duty holder must ensure compliance and the safety of users from harmful bacteria. This also applies to landlords, and even though rental properties may be considered low risk, they must still carry out risk assessments.

We can advise you about the frequency of water risk assessments. For example, larger businesses are more likely to have complex water systems; in these cases, testing should be carried out more frequently.

Hiring our legionella experts for comprehensive testing provides peace of mind that you are adhering to your legal requirements and reducing any risk. Once completed, the assessment report should be kept up to date and reviewed periodically.

It is important to carry out legionella testing if there is a change in use, such as:

  • A change in the use of the building where the water system is located
  • A change in the water system
  • When a building goes from being unoccupied to occupied
  • A change of key personnel within an organisation
  • An update in relevant legislation
  • Where there has been a reported case of Legionnaires’ disease

What do legionella risk assessments in London include?

Completing a legionella inspection in London is the first step to ensuring property compliance around legionella. It includes:

  • Review of your current records and previous assessments
  • A documented system overview
  • Testing of hot and cold water at key points throughout the building
  • Water tank surveys
  • Basic training for staff – if required and at an additional cost
  • Putting measures in place to reduce the risk and ongoing recommendations

To book a water risk assessment in London, call now

To speak with our legionella risk assessment specialists, please call 07944 753 628 or 020 8798 2650 or email info@ukpat.co.uk.