Legionella in spas and leisure centres
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Leisure centres and spas have a legal duty to ensure the health and safety of their customers. The Health & Safety Executive requires leisure centre and spa managers to undertake regular cleaning and maintenance of buildings, plant and equipment, as well as regular assessments that will protect staff and users against a range of hazards.
When it comes to the legionella bacteria, special care must be taken with humidity and recirculated air because of the dangers from stagnant water. While pool water and air conditioning systems are obvious concerns, shower facilities also need to be carefully monitored. In July this year, for example, a Kent leisure centre found traces of the bacteria in its showers which had to be closed for cleaning.
The Health & Safety Executive’s guidance on ‘The control of legionella and other infectious agents in spa-pool systems’ states that: “There have been a number of outbreaks, including fatalities, linked to spa-pool systems in leisure centres, hotels, holiday homes, on cruise ships and on display.”
There are two main reasons why spa pools, e.g. Jacuzzis, can be so dangerous. The first is that the ratio of bathers to water volume is very high – much higher than in swimming pools – which results in a higher concentration of organic matter. The second is that spa pools provide the ideal temperatures that allow the legionella bacteria to thrive, as well as conditions that are ideal for transmission. The water in a spa pool is usually heated to between 30 and 40oC and is animated by air jets that disperse the water in aerosol droplets. In poorly managed systems, these conditions not only allow the bacteria to grow, the droplets caused by the agitation of the water also provide the bacteria with an effective way of reaching the lungs of users.
Legionella is just one of a number of potentially dangerous pathogens that can be found in swimming pool water, including E. coli, salmonella and norovirus. Chlorine and other chemicals are therefore used as part of the water treatment programme in order to protect swimmers. Swimming pools are therefore less at risk from the Legionella bacteria than spa pools, unless there is a spray facility within the pool.
It is important to educate and regularly update all members of staff about the heightened risks from the legionella bacteria in swimming pools and spa pools.
Regular testing is a vital role in the battle to keep your water systems safe from the legionella bacteria. Contact us for more information or to arrange to test your pool and facilities.
What is included in your Legionella Risk Assessment?
You will receive a fully comprehensive Legionella Risk Assessment helping you meet compliance.
Summary of legionella risk.
A list of associated assets.
Review of management & control.
Remedial actions & risk photos.
Full system temperature record.
Site Specific Guidance
Identified duties and frequencies.
Water System Schematic
Diagram of water system.
Survey of Water System
Key survey findings.
How long will the risk assessment take?
What happens after the risk assessment?
Why do you need a legionella risk assessment?
They also need to either understand, or appoint somebody competent who knows how to identify and assess sources of risk, manage those risks, prevent or control any risks, keep records and carry out any other legal duties they may have.
How much does a legionella risk assessment cost?
Are uRisk qualified?
What is the booking & payment process?
Once we have confirmed our quotation, and you wish to proceed. Our operations manager will be in contact with you to organise a date & time that suits you.
All payments are due prior to booking completion unless agreed in writing for 30 days from date of invoice.
We will hold your booking time for 24 hours whilst we wait for payment, should you fail to make your payment within 24 hours your booking time will no longer be held.
We accept payment by BACs or online on our Make Payment page.
Do uRisk provide a nationwide service?
Do you provide water testing/sampling?
When will I receive the risk assessment?
When and how often do you need one?
- A change to the water system;
- A change to the use of the building where the system is installed;
- New information available about risks or control measures;
- The results of checks indicating that control measures are no longer effective;
- Changes to key personnel;
- A case of legionnaires disease.”
The common standard is annually for health care premises and biannually for all other premises. However, here at uRisk we recommend annual reviews to ensure correct implementation is being carried out.
Why choose uRisk for your Legionella Compliance?
25 Years Experience
Over 25 years of water hygiene and legionella control experience.
Customer Service Excellence
Friendly and simple advice by phone, email & online at your convenience.
City & Guilds Qualified
All staff are trained water hygiene consultants and engineers.
With engineers located all across the UK, we’re never too far away.
UKAS Accredited Testing
Our labs are UKAS approved providing you with quality assurance.
Full Compliance Services
Your one stop shop for legionella control, no need to go elsewhere.