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Legionella Testing for Care Homes

What is Legionnaire’s Disease?

A potentially fatal form of bacterial pneumonia that is common in natural water sources


Who is at risk?

  • Everyone is susceptible to infection

the risk increases with age but some people are at higher risk including:

  • People over 45 years of age
  • Smokers and heavy drinkers
  • People suffering from chronic respiratory or kidney disease
  • Anyone with an impaired immune system


Your responsibilities

You have a responsibility to ensure Care Quality Commission (CQC*) compliance (*Care Inspectorate in Scotland, CSSIW in Wales.).


Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance states that if you are an employer or someone in control of premises you must understand the health risks associated with Legionella and control any risks.  You must understand how to:


  • Identify and assess sources of risk
  • Manage any risks
  • Prevent or control any risks
  • Keep and maintain appropriate records
  • Carry out any other duties of care including regular water testing

Risk assessment  - Specific guidance for Nursing and Care Homes

All of the people in your care are likely to fall into the high-risk category. What is more, the risk of mortality from Legionnaire’s disease increases with age. Regularly reviewing your risk assessment and water testing (especially if there have been changes to the water system) will ensure that you can take the necessary action if required.


Inspectors are becoming increasingly aware of the potential dangers of Legionella bacteria and are actively looking for evidence of regular testing within care and nursing homes.


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A Smart Solution


By regularly testing your hot water system using a testing kit from Smartwater Testing you can ensure that you are following the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Approved Code of Practice (ACOP).


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