A legionella risk assessment is a process of evaluating the water systems thoroughly to eliminate all the contaminated water from the systems that can cause legionnaires diseases.
Legionnaire’s disease is a type of disease that is caused by legionella bacteria. It can cause serious health issues and proved deadly in 30% of cases, therefore, it is important to take an antibiotic treatment even before confirmation of the disease.
Every business is required to conduct a legionella risk assessment in order to reduce the bacteria level and to keep its employees, customers safe. This applies to every business regardless of its size.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 sets out the broad legal requirements for health policy for the Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems safety and welfare of employees/ tenants and others (including visitors, contractors and the general public).
Beneath the Act are a series of regulations which describe more detailed obligations, such as the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002.
Further documents include Approved Code of Practice and guidance (ACOP L8) and HSG274 (HSE Technical Guidance) which serves to interpret the regulations more specifically. In respect of this policy the Health and Safety Commission’s ACOP L8 – Legionnaires’ disease. The Control of Legionella Bacteria in water systems explains the requirements of COSHH in respect of Legionella.
The creation of your Water Management Policy is normally a one off but it needs to be done there after it is a live document which you can maintain. Here at TTL we create client and site-specific water management policies which take into account your building, its occupants and the likelihood of exposure which develops site specific procedures.
As part of your Water Management Policy you will also get your Policy Statement along with emergency procedures specific to you and you will get your written scheme for the control of legionella in your site-specific systems.
Since 2005, Fire Safety Risk Assessment providing the following legionella services
To review consumable and non-consumable water sources and frameworks and distinguish potential areas of Legionella presence, intensification, and exposure.
To address recognized and potential Legionella development regions and other basic control focus.
Detailed diagrams of the water system and noting any areas of concern
We provide water sampling services for a wide variety of water systems including domestic, commercial and industrial systems.
For clients in all parts of Legionella risk appraisal, control, and the executives, including lab technique choice, information translation, and program execution and examining.
We have 15 years of experience in this field in the following projects
Q1. If I am not storing any cold or hot water in the system, do I still need a legionella risk assessments?
Ans. Yes, because sometimes many other factors can increase the risk of exposure to legionella bacteria in your system.
Q2. How often a legionella testing should be done?
Ans. At least after every two years, you should need to do a legionella testing.
Q3. What is the purpose of legionella risk assessments?
Ans. The purpose of legionella assessment is to evaluate all the water systems where legionella bacteria could possibly grow in order to reduce the risk of human life.
Q4. Is a legionella risk assessment mandatory?
Ans. Yes, according to the health and safety act 1974 it is legally mandatory to carry out a legionella risk assessment of your property’s water systems, water heaters, water tanks and check the water temperature.
Q5. Can a plumber do a legionella risk assessment?
Ans. According to the legislation, if a person is competent, he can do so but it is suggested that should contact the professional agency that provides legionella risk assessment services.
We hope after reading the above information, you better understand why Legionella risk Assessment is mandatory for your property.
The keen passion of Fire Safety Risk Assessment is to offer professional services, delivered in a timely manner. For all businesses, commercial premises & landlords, FSRA keeps your businesses safe controlling the risk of loss from fire hazards, asbestos risks and from legionella bacteria.