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LEGIONELLA TESTING – CARE HOMES

Legionella test kits for Care homes

Danger Areas

A significant proportion of Care Homes have undergone a ‘change of use’ from small hotels, large mansion houses or combining several adjacent houses into a larger property. In these situations the water systems have been substantially changed leaving redundant pipework and live deadlegs hidden below floorboards.

Many Care Homes also extend to add additional bedrooms putting a strain on the existing hot water systems. Consequently the water systems in many Care Homes are classed as ‘Medium or High Risk’.

The business of most Care Homes is to look after the elderly, many with ailments which make them most susceptible to contract and die from Legionnaires’ disease. For these reasons, the CQC insist on viewing legionella testing certificates during their inspections.

LAW

  • Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999
  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010

RELEVANT DOCUMENTS

HSG274 Legionnaires’ disease: Technical guidance:-

  • Part 2: The control of legionella bacteria in hot & cold water systems

Health Technical Memorandum 04-01: The control of Legionella, hygiene, “safe” hot water, cold water and drinking water systems.

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