Legionella is a risk for almost all water systems found within buildings and must be effectively controlled in accordance with ACOP L8 (fourth edition) under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
If you manage any water system within a building you need to have a risk assessment and some good control measures in place. We can help you achieve this.
Aqua Tech Facility Management offer independent advice that you can trust. Our legionella consultants give you a helpful solution to achieve a safe environment.
We can help you with the full process starting with a risk assessment for legionella, continuing with legionella monitoring of the performance of each system
Legionella Risk Assessment
It is a legal requirement to have a legionella risk assessment of all cold and hot water systems.
ACOP L8 (fourth edition) legionella risk assessment of all types of water systems in accordance with BS8580:2010 ‘Water quality – Risk assessments for Legionella control’ and ACOP L8.
The risk assessment is usually carried out as a part of the legionella risk management programme which help to manage the risk of Legionnaires’ disease. A risk assessment will have a significant impact on reducing liability should any problems occur.
The legionella risk assessment will produce a comprehensive report to identify any risks as well as any remedial action necessary to meet current standards and legal requirements.
The report will also include a schematic drawing of the water system and a guide to comply with the Associated Code of Practice (ACOP L8)
Every building should have a suitable and sufficient risk assessment undertaken. In buildings occupied by five or more people the results should be formally recorded and reviewed or updated regularly. Stored water, drinking water, process water, closed systems and cooling towers are all covered by water quality regulations.
A Legionella risk assessment is the first step towards compliance with the Health and Safety Executives Legionella approved code of practice and guidance document, ACOP L8.
Whilst the guidelines are not law they are enforceable under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the COSHH Regulations (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health).
•The risk assessment survey will include a full asset register outlining exactly which systems on-site fall within these guidelines.
•It will outline the current condition of the water systems and whether the water storage is hygienic, and compliant with the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999.
•It will check whether water temperatures are satisfactory for the control of Legionella bacteria.
•Digital photographs of assets.
•A schematic drawings of water systems.
•The risk assessment will define any remedial actions required to achieve compliance with the guidelines.
•The risk assessment provides a schedule for on-going monitoring.
•You will be provided with a clear understanding of how the guidelines relate directly to your site and will have proof to show external agencies that you are taking the correct course of action
Water hygiene and Legionella Control
Regulations also require regular monitoring and checks on the systems to ensure that they are operating within the guideline parameters.
Legionella testing provides an additional level of legionella risk management which is in-line with industry best practices. Legionella monitoring service provided to all type of property to ensure compliance with ACOP L8 (Fourth Edition) and HSG274.
Our monitoring systems incorporate the following
•Tank Inspections and refurbishment
•Microbiological Analysis, water sampling and testing undertaken by independent UKAS accredited laboratories.
•Compliance with current water regulations and code of practice
•Recommendations as necessary
•Produce a Certificate of Compliance after each visit.
Due to the strict guidelines for the testing of Legionella and other related organisms, we do not recommend our clients take water samples themselves
We use expert UKAS accredited laboratories that can supply timely and reliable sample analysis for a wide range of tests.