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Legionella Risk Assessment Services
We don’t just offer a domestic legionnaires service to the likes of Landlords, Housing Associations and property owners. We specialise in offering an unrivalled Legionella Risk Assessment to an array of commercial sectors including: Schools, Universities, Collages, Education Centres, Hairdressing Salons, Dental Practices, Care Homes, Leisure Pools (Hydro Pools, Swimming Pools) and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is legionella?
- Do I need a legionella risk assessment?
- How does legionella affect me or my business?
- I need water samples taken
- I need my tanks cleaned & chlorinated
- Why choose AMES for your Legionella Risk Control?
Our aim when carrying out a Legionella Risk Assessment is to ensure you understand your systems and the risks posed to staff. Upon completion a review meeting will be carried out to discuss in detail both the findings of the assessment and the best course of action required to move forward and become a safe and legal business. You may find it easier to create a Legionella risk assessment checklist.
Cost Effective Legionella Risk Assessments by Ames Group Ltd
Legionella assessment is of paramount importance to any business or public sector premises which makes use of water in ways that can lead to a fine spray or ‘aerosol’ effect. Regular Legionella risk assessments and a Legionella control regime should be put in place to prevent outbreaks occurring, so ensure you keep tabs on the frequency of your Legionella risk assessments.
This extends to dentists surgeries, offices and leisure facility premises with showers, spa pools, hairdressing and beauty salons, doctors surgeries and commercial, industrial and health-related sites with cooling towers and other water heating and storage facilities. This list is far from exhaustive, so if you think you may require a Legionella assessment, please get in touch with us.
The two biggest areas we carry out assessments are:
- Legionella risk assessments in commercial properties
- Legionella risk assessments in domestic property
Councils, landlords, commercial property agents and housing associations can also benefit from our Legionella risk assessment consultancy.
We are able to provide appropriate Legionella risk assessments for a range of businesses and public sector buildings. These include school risk assessments, dental practices and hairdressing and beauty salon risk assessments. We are also able to advise housing associations on domestic hot and cold systems. Cooling towers have in a number of cases been found to be responsible for legionella outbreaks.
How Much Does a Legionella Risk Assessment Cost?
Each Legionella risk assessment is priced differently depending on a variety of factors. Your Legionella risk assessment cost will be discussed once we have analysed and addressed your property’s requirements.
How Long Does a Legionella Risk Assessment Last?
In most cases, your Legionella risk assessment will take anywhere between 48 and 72 hours. Again, this may vary slightly depending on various factors that will be addressed and discuss before a final price is issued.
How Often Should a Legionella Risk Assessment be Reviewed?
It’s strongly advised that you should undertake a Legionella risk assessment at least once every two years. If you have recently changed your water systems or there has been a change in personnel, then it’s advised you have you water system checked for any potential Legionella growth.
To make an enquiry or find out more, Please contact AMES Legionella Control using the details below.
- All employers with 5 or more employees must commission a Legionella risk assessment on their water systems every 2 years
- Failure to comply with the legal requirements surrounding Legionella can result in prosecution.
- Legionella causes Legionnaires’ Disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia. Failure to properly manage your water systems may risk your life or that of your staff or clients.
Is a Legionella Risk Assessment a Legal Requirement?
If the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 applies to your business premises, then you are required by law to commission a legionella risk assessment on its hot and cold water systems. All Legionella risk assessment companies would advise to request another test at least once every two years.
Our qualified risk assessors will carry out a detailed assessment of your premises, which will ensure compliance with the Approved Code of Practice ACOP L8.
The risk assessment will provide:
- Identification and assessment of the source of any risk of Legionella
- A written scheme (course of action) to prevent, minimise and control the risk
Our aim when carrying out a Legionella risk assessment is to ensure you understand your water systems and the risks posed to staff and the public. Upon completion, we will provide advice on the best course of action to ensure the risk of Legionella proliferation is prevented or minimised.
Risk assessments are valid for 2 years, but may need to be reviewed sooner if there are changes to the building, the water system or its use, signs that the current control measures are no longer adequate, or a case of Legionella/Legionellosis is associated with the system.
Whilst failure to comply to any part of the ACoP is not in itself an offence, that failure may be used in criminal proceedings in a court of law in contravention to HSWA 1974, COSHH 2002 and MHSWA 1999.
All of our staff work to strict health and safety standards, to maintain staff and client health as well as providing the very best service level. Please click here to read the Legionella Control Association’s Recommended Code Of Conduct for Service Providers. A code we adhere to, or exceed, at every attendance.
For more information, please look here: Why Choose AMES for your Legionella control?
Why You Need A Legionella Risk Assessment
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 there is a legal requirement to carry out a legionella risk assessment of your premises where the risk of exposure to legionella bacteria from work activities or water systems is present.
AMES consultants will carry out a detailed assessment of your premises working closely with you whilst on site to ensure all systems are covered and that any control measures in place comply with the regulations and are effective.
In order to help you fulfil your legal obligations, our Legionella Risk Assessment will thoroughly investigate your domestic hot and cold water systems and will include a programme to control Legionella that includes inspection, water sampling, cleaning and disinfection and auditing, as necessary.
Our services are tailored to your needs, and we will discuss this with you before putting pen to paper.
A building-specific prevention and control regime will be generated from the Legionella Risk Assessment. We can either explain this to the person nominated to carry out the control measures within your company, or our own engineers can carry this out for you on a monthly basis.
For more information on your legal obligations surrounding your hot and cold water, the following pieces of legislation combine to outline what is required:
In a time where we are all trying to tighten our financial belts, a Legionella Risk Assessment may seem an unnecessary expense and many companies do not follow the law. They may feel that an outbreak will never happen to them or that their company/premises are too small to warrant a Risk Assessment. However, a Legionella Risk Assessment is the only way of protecting yourself from the dangers of a Legionella outbreak and it must not be ignored. Please take a look at a recent example of such a situation, where a Risk Assessment was commissioned but ignored, in the following link:
Water systems which create and disseminate breathable water droplets or aerosol present the highest risk of contracting Legionellosis. The degree of risk is affected by general cleanliness of shower heads, water temperature control and design flaws such as dead legs or long runs of pipework. Quarterly clean and disinfectants of spray heads and hoses can help prevent and control this risk.
While spray and fine droplets will always be present as water hits the sink, however, this risk is escalated by the use of spray nozzles which increase the risk of Legionella proliferation.
Indeed, any fog/mist/spray of water droplets are classed as a Legionella risk. The following news report summarises a well-publicised outbreak at The Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, which was caused by a fog/mist machine used at a party.
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If you have had cause for concern (such as a person reporting illness linked to your premises) then we can advise you on the correct course of action.
How Does Legionella Affect Me and My Business?
If you are an employer, or someone in control of premises (e.g. landlord), you have a duty to understand and manage legionella risks. All systems require a risk assessment but not all systems will require an elaborate Water management control regime.
A simple risk assessment may show that the risks are low and being properly managed to comply with the law. If such cases, your assessment may be complete and you may not need to take any further action, but it is important to review your assessment regularly in case anything changes in your system.
Confidence in Compliance
If you feel there is no real cause for concern but need the reassurance of a water system assessment, we can arrange a site visit.
Once we have assessed your premises we will provide a consultation on the findings. If your water-system presents no risk to employees or members of the public then we can provide you with details of how to keep it clean and reduce the risk of contamination occurring. Additionally, if the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 applies to your business premises, then a Legionella risk assessment is mandatory.
If any issues are detected, we can help you to decide on the remedial action required to remove foreign bodies from your supply. By maintaining your water-system properly, future contamination is made much less likely.
A most valuable asset
I have used AMES Legionella Control for over 9 years and in that time they have always given me a first class service.
Kevin Scott, Depot Logistics Manager, Cool Services Air Conditioning Ltd
Why Choose AMES?
If we haven’t worked with you before, you may be thinking “Why Choose AMES?”
Please watch our video with Alan Read, explaining why we feel AMES Legionella Control is the right choice for your company.
Thorough And Efficient Legionella Control
AMES is a well established business, having provided environmental services to UK businesses and domestic clients for over 10 years.
Centrally located in Birmingham, West Midlands, we provide legionella risk assessments and control regimes throughout the UK.
AMES offer a broad range of services which can be designed and tailored to meet your requirements, our expert service engineers work alongside you to ensure your systems operate efficiently and that your legal obligations as set out by the HSE and Acop L8 are met.
AMES Legionella Control is passionate about providing our customers with the highest standard of service. We deliver this through effective staff management, training, research and development. Our team monitor how we perform as a business and strive to continually improve all aspects of our operations and service.
A testament to the high standard of service and expert guidance we have consistently delivered to our clients is shown by the following list of business sectors we have delivered services to:
- NHS Hospitals
- Dental Practices
- Specialist Care Homes
- Industrial And Manufacturing
- City & County Councils
- Facilities Management Agents
- Residential And Commercial Property
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