You are required to have a legionella risk assessment by law – but it DOESN’T have to be a lengthy or complicated process.
The Simple Guide to Legionella Risk Assessments and Primary Water Services
What the law says you MUST do to protect your business
Having a legionella risk assessment is a legal requirement, and receiving one undertaken by us is your first step towards compliance with The Approved Code of Practice L8. (ACoP L8). It is the responsibility of the employer or person in control of the premises to ensure that it is carried out with closed system testing.
The importance of the risk assessment is very high because it identifies the growth of Legionella in hot and cold water systems which can cause cases of legionnaires disease. Therefore by identifying and reporting cases as soon as possible allows us to control Legionella in your water supply. These control measures through Legionella water sampling can be the difference between an admin issue that needs addressing in your day-to-day business, to a life or death scenario.
In 2018, The Royal United Hospital in Bath was fined £300,000 for health and safety breaches after a patient died from Legionnaires disease. Bristol Crown Court found that the hospital had been warned to update its water distribution system to reduce the risk of the disease but sadly had not been carried out.
Risk assessments should highlight any potential for harm to health from exposure to Legionella bacteria. They should always be carried out by a qualified and experienced water hygiene specialist. Our water hygiene consultants are fully qualified, compliant in accordance with the HSE and HSC guidelines and have 45 years’ combined experience in providing risk assessments, water hygiene control and water monitoring services. Once assessed, aspects of water treatment contaminated with legionella can be controlled with chlorine dioxide to control the bacteria.
It is our aim to ensure you leave the process with a clear understanding of the risks present in your building or business together with a practical and understandable plan for you to overcome, manage and control them.
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To find out more about Legionella Risk Assessment in Bristol please call us on 08450 522711