Nursing home residents are often high risk due to underlying illness and age and as such have a far greater susceptibility to contracting illnesses such as Legionella. Nursing homes also have multiple different types of water system and some of these can be little used due to the infirm nature of residents.
Most nursing homes have showers and these pose a greater risk due to the aerosol production and often water systems in nursing homes are fed from large water storage tanks to provide continuity of supply in the event of a mains water outage. It is therefore important to implement a rigorous Legionella management regime including a Legionella risk assessment and routine monitoring of outlet temperatures. Microbiological water sampling can supplement this regime, giving confidence in its efficacy.
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulation (1994)
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014: Regulation 12
HSE Legionnaires Disease Guide for Employers
HTM 04-01 (The Control of Legionella, Hygiene, ‘Safe’ Hot Water, Cold Water and Drinking Water Systems)
ALCOP L8 (The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems)
Care Quality Commission (Registration) Regulations 2009