Legionella Risk Assessment
It is a requirement of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Act to carry out a legionella risk assessment of your site water services. The risk assessment should examine current compliance, recommend remedial actions to comply with the requirements of HSC L8 and detail ongoing maintenance requirements.
Dakro’s effective processes make it simple for your organisation to implement a suitable hygiene and Legionella management control system.
Compliant Water Hygiene
Experienced risk assessors throughout the UK provide a complete service to aid in minimising exposure to risk by ensuring compliant water hygiene and Legionella control. This in-depth process commences with a Legionella risk assessment carried out by City and Guilds qualified, competent and experienced professionals in line with the requirements of British Standards and the Approved Code of Practice. All Risk assessments contain a certificate of competence for the assessor carrying out the assessment and each risk assessment is independently reviewed prior to issue. Competence Certificates are available for all our staff upon request.
Why Legionella Risk Assessment is Vital
Legionella are small gram negative bacteria that’s thought to have approximately over 40 individual species and most human infections are caused by Legionella pneumophila, which is the reason why it’s so important to guard against it with effective Legionella risk assessment from Dakro.
There are two different types of health effects it has on humans – Legionellosis pontiac fever and the more dangerous and severe Legionnarires’ disease. Pontiac fever is best described as flu-like, with its symptoms consisting of chills, headache, muscle pain and fever and it usually lasts for between 2 and 5 days before it subsides.
Legionella Risk Assessment helps stop Disease
The other form, the more severe Legionellosis disease has potentially fatal consequences, and with people mostly getting the disease from water, you can see why Legionella risk assessment is imperative for all commercial and domestic environments. We don’t doubt you’ve heard about such stories in the news where people have picked it up in places such as hotels, clubs, homes and even hospitals – showing you it can be picked anywhere.
If you require more information about Legionella risk assessment, please use the contact form on the website. Otherwise, call 0121 559 6431 and a representative will get back to you as soon as possible.
The ACOP L8 sets out a requirement under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 (COSHH) Act for the management and control of micro organisms such as Legionellosis. The ACOP provides the guidance through which prosecution may be made under the relevant legislative acts. Whilst failure to comply to any part of the ACOP is not in itself an offence, that failure may be used in a court of law in contravention to HSWA 1974, COSHH 2002 and MHSWA 1999.
The ACOP applies to any work undertaken and to premises used in connection with a trade. All water systems should be considered with the potential for both growth and water dissemination to the atmosphere of the Legionella Bacteria assessed. The responsibility for management and maintenance of a system should be defined with clear lines of communication and reporting imposed. A written scheme of control or prevention techniques should be applied to minimise risk areas. Records are required to be kept on site at all times for a minimum of five years.
The key element from the ACOP is for the provision for a Risk Assessment to be performed to all water services contained within the premises.
The objective of a Risk Assessment is to ensure compliance with the Approved Code of Practice, as part of which the following shall be performed :
- Identify and assess source of risk.
- Prepare a written scheme for preventing, minimising and controlling the risk.
Once completed, the Risk Assessment requires regular reviewing and in any case where there is reason to believe that the original assessment may no longer be valid.
Dakro Environmental Ltd can offer a full and complete Risk Assessment Service.