LEGIONELLA
RISK ASSESSMENT SCOTLAND

PHX Water is a leading Legionella Risk Assessor
in Scotland

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.

What is Legionella?

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:

  • Below 20°C – Legionella bacteria is dormant
  • Above 60°C – Legionella bacteria cannot survive
  • Between 20°C and 45°C – Legionella bacteria breeds rapidly

 

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.

Image of Legionella Bacteria

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:

  • People over 45 years old
  • Those with chronic respiratory or kidney disease
  • Heavy smokers and drinkers
  • People with lung disease, heart disease and diabetes
  • Individuals with compromised immune systems

 

A Legionnaire’s Risk Assessment carried out by competent professionals is the best way to protect against Legionnaires’ disease.

What is Legionnaires’ Disease?

L8 Legionella Risk Assessments and Landlords’ responsibilities

All employers, landlords and people in charge of premises are responsible for health and safety and must take every precaution to reduce the risks of exposure to Legionella.

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.

Landlords are legally bound to protect the health and safety of tenants by carrying out a Legionella Risk Assessment process on rental properties. Failure to comply with the law around legionella can result in heavy fines and sometimes prosecution.

You should also keep your tenants informed of any Legionella control measures in place. While it’s not a legal requirement, maintaining records of the risk assessments in place and any remedial works required is advisable.

How to conduct an L8 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:

  • identify and assess sources of risk
  • manage any risks
  • prevent or control any risks
  • keep and maintain the correct records
  • carry out any other duties you may have

 

Visit the Health and Safety Executive website for more information.

L8 Risk Assessment Template

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.

A Legionella Risk Assessment is about more than clean water.

It’s peace of mind that you’re legally compliant and not risking lives.

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 Legionella Risk Assessment Process

Our thorough risk assessment process means we’ve got you fully covered when it comes to Legionella and the law.

Complete our contact form or call 01738 472149 to receive a quotation

Booking

One of our friendly team will confirm a date and estimated time of arrival for your appointment.

Your Appointment

An engineer will be with you on your scheduled date, with a curtesy call to confirm they’re on route.

Risk Assessment

An engineer will risk assess your water system as outlined above.

Report & Support

You’ll be provided an easy to understand report and digital logbook to manage your ongoing water treatment needs.

L8 Risk Assessment FAQs

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.

Areas We Cover

Private Water Supply

Ensure you private water supply is safe for consumption and meets current regulations.

Water Tank Cleaning

PHX Water provide water tank cleaning and disinfection services to businesses in Scotland.

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