Do I Need A Legionella Risk Assessment?
Are you an employer (even of self-employed people) or a person/company in charge of premises of any size (landlord or facilities management company)?
Do you have premises of any size where any member of staff has any exposure to water?
The HSC Approved Code of Practice L8 deems premises to mean “any undertaking involving a work activity and to premises controlled in connection with a trade, business or other undertaking.”
If you answered yes to the above questions, by law you must arrange:
- A detailed Legionella risk assessment to identify and assess sources of risk
- A written scheme to prevent/control the risk of Legionella
- To implement and manage the written scheme and appoint a person to be managerially responsible for the written scheme
- Keeping a log book with detailed records
Many people are completely unaware of the need for a Legionella Risk Assessment, but it could just save your company’s reputation and help you to avoid prosecution, should the bacteria begin to develop in your water system.
While failure to follow the ACoP L8 provisions is not actually an offence, failure to prove that you have properly worked to assess, minimise and control the risk is likely result in prosecution, should a case of Legionnaires’ disease arise from any systems within your premises.
Our Risk Assessments cover all aspects required by the law, but have been developed to be user friendly, as we believe it is important that our customers understand the risks as much as possible.
After the risk assessment, we offer FREE TRAINING AND CONSULTATION for you or your staff, to ensure you understand the risks, your responsibilities and how you are expected to monitor and control the risk
Alternatively, we are able to provide technicians to monitor and, if necessary, treat your water systems for you, to ensure risks are minimised and controlled.
According to ACoP L8, your risk assessment will be valid for 2 years, unless there is a reason to suspect it is no longer valid, where:
- where there have been changes to plant, the water system or its use;
- where there have been changes to the use of the building;
- where new information about risk or control measures has become available;
- where monitoring indicates that control measures are no longer effective.
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