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Legionella Risk Assessment for Nursing Homes

Direct365 offer thorough Legionella risk assessments to ensure that your Nursing Home follows the regulations and stays safe. Once Legionella contaminates water systems, everyone in the vicinity is susceptible; so business owners are legally responsible to maintain control measures. Don’t worry, if you need emergency testing then we can have an assessor to you within 48 hours.

Nursing Homes are a high risk area due to the environment and residents. It’s vital to have reviews of water systems to protect care home residents, as they are especially vulnerable; the risk of Legionnaires’ disease increases with age, becoming particularly dangerous to over 45s and people with low immune systems. Make sure you conduct best practice for the health and safety of staff and residents so your Nursing Home is ready for when the Care Quality Commission come knocking.

We’ll help you follow your legal duties and ensure all Nursing Home appliances – air conditioners, water tanks, plumbing systems and more – are checked by our LCA certified engineers. You’ll get a written review of your building, which will document your compliance to the L8 Approved Code of Practice.

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  • Preventative safety
    Don’t leave it too late – stop the problem before it becomes a problem
  • Full risk assessment
    A full schematic drawing, action plan and written risk assessment is provided with all our tests
  • Legally compliant
    Our assessments follow the government framework to keep your business safe
  • Assessment within 48 hours
    We’ll get an assessor to you within two days so you don’t fail CQC rechecks
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Legionella Control: 5 Steps to Risk Assessment

Determine if you need Legionella testing

Anyone who has access to water is susceptible to Legionella. All water systems should be risk assessed, including hot tubs, air-conditioning units, decorative fountains, nebulisers, humidifiers and more. Legionella risk assessment is a necessary service; the following business types are just a few examples of the many kinds of buildings that require testing:

·         Care Homes & Nurseries

·         General Practices, Dental Practices, Clinics & Medical Centres

·         Tattoo Studios

·         Offices

·         Beauty Salons & Spas

·         Stores, Shopping Centres & Garden Centres

·         Pubs, Restaurants & Social Clubs

·         Factories & Warehouses

·         Hotels, Leisure Centres & Gyms

·         Schools & Community Centres

·         Estate Agents & Landlords

Conduct a detailed risk assessment

The CQC (England), HIS (Scotland) and HIW (Wales) recommend we service your water systems and air-conditioning units every two years in-line with the HSE Approved Code of Practice. We strongly recommend having interim health checks annually, especially if your building faces any changes. When it comes to Legionnaires disease, you can never be too careful.

Our risk assessment includes:

·         Full top-to-bottom building assessment

·         Written reports with photographic evidence

·         Full review and breakdown of your needs

·         Documented action plan

Thorough water testing

The HSE states: "Hot water should be stored at temperatures above 50°C and no more than 60°C, whereas cold water should be stored at well below 20°C at all times." Specific requirements like these are important to avoid the risk of fatalities, which is why we offer a professional, government-approved safety service for your business.

Just ten bacterium per millilitre can be enough to cause a dangerous infection in a matter of weeks. Our experts will perform comprehensive microbiological and chemical analysis on your water systems to identify even the smallest amounts of bacteria in your water supply.

This testing is vital and will give you peace of mind year after year. Ensure your building’s water is clean and potentially save a life by getting a free quote today.

Monitoring your water systems

It is essential for every business to closely monitor all water systems to prevent Legionella from infecting the water supply. Legionella can quickly spread even after treatment. That’s why we offer a plan of action with steps to ensure that your water is kept free from harmful bacteria all year, every year.

Our expert service will perform the following steps to keep your water supply safe:

·         Follow the L8 recommendation of a monthly monitoring service, including regular tests to maintain clean and healthy water systems

·         Employ the best practices discretely to avoid unnecessary disruption for your business

·         Accurate and comprehensive testing with state-of-the-art equipment

·         Implement appropriate measures to maintain a minimal chance of Legionella bacteria occurring

·         Work to industry quality standards so that your safety is guaranteed

Remember, at least one person will get seriously ill every day from unmonitored water. Call us for an instant quote so you can be a part of the solution, not the problem.

Interim health checks

Keeping on top of water monitoring allows your business to run smoothly, so we advise interim health checks to keep you cautious, compliant and content. We know your business is important, so we’ll arrange each check around your routine to be as non-intrusive as possible.

Avoid the health and safety stress with our interim monitoring, which includes:

·         Temperature checks

·         Water sampling

·         Visual checks and maintenance program

·         Remedial work completed

·         Documentation checks on log book, schematic, written scheme and training logs

Now you know about our risk assessment services, it’s time to get a free quote – fill in a query form online or call us with any questions you may have.

With so many regulations in place to enforce preventative monitoring, it’s hard to believe that Legionella still slips through the cracks. The truth is, some establishments just don’t follow the rules strictly enough, causing severe risks to residents and staff.

In 2012, Reading Borough Council were fined £100,000 after a resident of their care facility, The Willows, died from pneumonia related to Legionella. The prosecution confirmed that RBC’s Legionella monitoring wasn’t robust enough: staff had insufficient Legionella awareness, temperature checks were inadequate and showers were not descaled and disinfected quarterly. With Direct365’s assessment service, these problems could have been avoided.

Broadways Nursing Home in Larne managed to avoid fatalities from Legionella due to routine checks. In 2017, a strain of Legionella bacteria was found in the plumbing system, allowing work to be done to prevent an outbreak of infection. Had regular checks not been conducted, Legionnaire’s disease could have caused serious illnesses in the Nursing Home. Be like Broadways – stop the problem before it becomes a problem by calling Direct365 today.