Are you adequately protecting your building users from Legionella?
One of the major compliance issues facing the owners and operators of public buildings is the legislation surrounding Legionella control.
With high profile prosecutions for failures in Legionella control now frequent events, it has never been more important to protect your building users and business by ensuring a comprehensive compliance regime is in place.
We provide a complete water hygiene service to ensure our clients remain compliant with all the legislation surrounding water systems. Our experienced staff and operatives provide a reliable and cost effective solution to water hygiene and Legionella protection requirements.
Do I need a risk assessment?
- 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
A suitable Legionella risk assessment is required in any commercial premises with hot/cold water services. This includes rented housing stock, offices, care homes, nurseries, dentists, hairdressers, sports clubs, hospitals, schools and factories. Any facility where staff, customers or members of the public can come into contact with Legionella, is potentially at risk.
Whilst failure to follow the ACoP L8 provisions is not actually an offence, failure to prove that you have adequately assessed, minimised and controlled the risk is likely to result in a prosecution, should a case of Legionnaires' disease arise from any systems within your premises.
The four main steps of Water Hygiene and Legionella control are -
- Identification & assessment of the legionella risk
- Prevention or minimisation of risk from exposure to Legionella
- Systems for the management and selection, training and competence of personnel
- Record keeping of maintenance, cleaning and disinfection
Many people are completely unaware of the need for a Legionella Risk Assessment or feel an outbreak will never happen to them....but it might....and undertaking the appropriate risk control process could just save your and your company’s reputation and help you to avoid prosecution, should someone fall ill.