Legionella Risk Assessment
Environmental Inspection Ltd can undertake your Legionella Risk Assessment on a Hot and Cold Water System within residential and small / medium sized commercial premises.
Environmental Inspection will undertake a detailed inspection of the system will endeavour to identify ambient conditions and high risk locations where it is possible that Legionella bacteria can multiply within a hot and cold water system.
As part of the Legionella Risk Assessment Environmental Inspection will inspect for the following:
- Storage tanks and condition
- Pipe work to identify dead legs.
- Identify Temperature Mixing Valves and assess on effectiveness.
- Check cleanliness of shower heads and taps.
- Temperature monitoring of all system outlets.
- Identify any other items that may pose a risk.
The findings of the Legionella Risk Assessment will be presented within a written Legionella Risk Assessment Report document clearly presenting the findings and any recommendations that are required. All of Environmental Inspections Legionella Risk Assessments are undertaken in line with current HSG274 Part 2 The control of Legionella bacteria in hot and cold water systems.
Is a Legionella Risk Assessment Really Required on a simple hot and cold water system?
The law is quite clear with regards to legionella Risk Assessments and what circumstances they must be applied. There is no need to take actual water samples from a standard hot and cold water system unless an incident has occurred. The first step however to being compliant is to have a Legionella Risk Assessment undertaken which will identify any potential high risk areas on your water system.
L8 Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) was revised and republished in November 2013 and retained the guidance on the requirements of Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and COSHH for employers and those with responsibilities for the control of premises including landlords (L8 ACOP, paragraphs 1 and 2). It applies to the control of Legionella bacteria in any undertaking involving a work activity AND applies to premises controlled in connection with a trade, business or other undertaking where water is used or stored and there is a reasonably foreseeable risk of exposure to Legionella bacteria (L8 ACOP, paragraph 22).