Are you aware of the HSE Approved Code of Practice – Legionnaires’ Disease: The control of Legionella bacteria in water systems – ACOP L8 (4th Edition) and HSG274? You should be. They are important documents and have huge implications on the measures that need to be taken by employers to avoid Legionella and comply with their duties under Health and Safety legislation.
The formal system of legionella control in the UK now comprises the HSE’s ACOP L8 (4th edition) and HSG274 which is split into three parts:
Part 1 – cooling water systems
Part 2 – hot and cold water systems
Part 3 – other risk systems
Duty holders (building owners, landlords and employers) have a responsibility to evaluate potential risk situations and take whatever steps are necessary prevent or minimise the risk from exposure to legionella. Management driven and supported with detailed paperwork to be kept for at least five years.
A Legionella Risk Assessment is a legal requirement.
For all the latest information on Legionella Risk Assessments call now on 0844 499 7574
Legionella Risk Assessment - All You Need To Know
What is Legionnaires’ Disease?
Legionella pneumophila bacterium is the most common cause of Legionnaires’ Disease, a type of pneumonia which can be fatal particularly to vulnerable people, often middle-aged and elderly people who smoke, have chest problems or a weakened immune system.
Although Legionella is common in nature, it mainly lives in water, and outbreaks occur from water systems in buildings such as cooling towers, evaporative condensers, hot and cold water storage systems, as well as shower heads and whirl pool spas, etc. The bacteria can multiply where water temperature in some or all of the system is between 20 & 46 °C, where water is re-circulated or stored, and where there is rust, sludge, organic matter, biofilms or other sources of nutrients. The greatest risk to humans then comes when there is the possibility of water droplets being produced and dispersed over a wide area, which can be inhaled.
Duty holders have the responsibility to ensure that the risk of exposure to Legionella from work activities and water systems is identified and assessed. They are required by law to use a competent person to carry out regular water system risk assessments.
Our qualified and experienced surveyors provide Legionella Risk Assessments throughout the UK. Contact Green Zone Surveys on 0844 499 7574 or email firstname.lastname@example.org a quote or more information.
Legionella Risk Assessment
At Green Zone Surveys we provide the highest possible level of Legionnaires’ Disease ACOP L8 (4th Edition) & HSG274 assessment and compliance.
Our risk assessment includes;
- Management responsibilities, including the name of the competent person
- A survey and description of your hot and cold water
- Competence and training of key
- Any identified potential sources of
- Means of preventing or controlling the
- Monitoring, inspection and maintenance
- Records of the monitoring results and inspections and checks carried
- Arrangements to review the risk assessments regularly
The Absolute Importance of Proper Legionella Risk Assessment
Contracting Legionella is a serious business. And so too are the business, financial and reputational consequences.
It’s your responsibility to make sure that your property and the people who live, work and visit it are properly protected. Don’t take chances with Legionella compliance and assessment. Do call Green Zone Surveys.
Call 08444997574 for further information.