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If you own or manage premises for your Care Home, you must adhere to CQC regulations and the Approved Code of Practice (L8) to protect your residents against the spread of Legionnaires’ disease, which is an illness that can be especially fatal to the elderly, or those with existing medical conditions. You have a legal duty to identify water based appliances at risk from Legionella bacteria to implement sufficient control measures.
Here are 5 simple steps you should follow to ensure the safety of your residents and the security of your business reputation:
• Keep all your records up to date. A Legionella risk assessment is recommended every two years and your log book must detail your plan of action. • Legionella bacteria thrive and multiply within the temperature range of 20-50°C. Ensure that all your hot water temperatures at outlet are above 50°C, and your cold water temperatures at outlet remain below 20°C. • Maintain high standards of cleanliness to protect your appliances and regularly de-scale your shower heads, as Legionella bacteria thrive on sources of nutrition such as lime scale. • Appoint a Responsible Person and Deputy to prepare an appropriate written scheme to tackle Legionella. • As part of ongoing maintenance, flush infrequently used appliances weekly and remove all dead leg pipework. These tips provide a useful starting point, although Legionella risk assessments need to be conducted by a suitably qualified risk assessor and it is often useful to seek advice from a specialist company. For more information on simple solutions to managing Legionella in your Care Home, visit www.euroenvironmental.co.uk.