Legionella In Care Homes
As with all businesses, care homes and nursing homes have a duty of care with regard to the health and safety of their residents, staff and visitors. Particular attention must be given to residents of care homes and nursing homes, who are more likely to have reduced immune systems, making them far more vulnerable to any infection. So greater care must be taken to protect them from exposure to the legionella bacteria.
Health and Safety in Care Homes
In cases where fatalities occur as a result of legionella outbreak, privately run care homes could be fined millions of pounds if they fail to follow risk assessment compliance. Every month there are reports in the press about the consequences of legionella outbreaks in care homes in terms of both client health and business health.
Health and Safety Risk Assessment Care Home
Risk assessments need to be undertaken regularly or as soon as any changes have been made to the water system. Evidence must be made available for inspections by the Care Quality Commission, the HSE or the local authority, so records must be kept of all activities.
Hot Water Temperatures in Nursing Homes
Our DBS-checked assessors will carry out the risk assessment which will involve a survey of the premises. We will check the conditions of your hot and cold water systems, ensure your fittings are WRAS approved, etc., before producing a comprehensive report outlining the risk factors in your water system. This will include any actions you will need to take in order to minimise risks and meet the HSE’s HSG 274 guidelines.
Risk Assessment for Elderly Care Home
There are no rules about how often you need a risk assessment, but legionella is something that needs to be managed on an ongoing basis. We, therefore, recommend that care homes always play it safe and undertake a legionella risk assessment annually, or any time there is a concern.
Water Testing & Water Temperature Checks in Care Homes
It is not a legal requirement to conduct water testing, but it is certainly advisable, especially in premises housing vulnerable people. Samples should be taken in aid of your risk assessment to better understand the water quality and control and management measures in place.
Risk Assessment in a Care Home
We are qualified to help with all aspects of your legionella management to ensure the safety of your residents, staff and visitors, including remedial work, water tank cleaning and disinfection, monitoring, and awareness training for you and your staff.