A legionella risk assessment is an important safety management process that will help to protect you, your employees and others from harm. In the United Kingdom this type of specialist risk assessment is required by law and is specifically identified by the Health & Safety Executive in their Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L8 "Legionnaires' disease. The control of legionella bacteria in water systems".
What is a Legionella Risk Assessment?
A legionella risk assessment survey, also referred to as a legionella hazard analysis involves a systematic examination of the potential risks presented by engineered water systems, and seeks to identify and assess the risks of exposure to legionella bacteria from work activities and water systems.
Although it is impossible to guarantee that pathogenic micro-organisms such as legionella bacteria will not exist in engineered water systems, through proactive management and control procedures it is possible to significantly reduce the factors that allow such bacteria to proliferate in man-made water systems.
A legionella risk assessment is an essential risk management process and comprises a detailed examination of the risks presented by man-made water systems, and seeks to identify and assess the risks associated with Legionnaires' disease through exposure to legionella bacteria.
Identification & Assessment of the Legionellosis Risk
The UK's Health & Safety Executive (HSE) in their Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L8, "Legionnaires' disease. The control of legionella bacteria in water systems" state that:
"A suitable and sufficient [risk] assessment must be carried out to identify and assess the risk of exposure to legionella bacteria from work activities and water systems on the premises and any precautionary measures needed ..."
Paragraph 28. HSE ACOP L8.
Expert & Impartial Advice
From our offices located in London, Manchester and Glasgow, our teams of experienced risk assessors offer expert legionella hazard analysis services and impartial advice on the prevention and control of exposure to legionella bacteria in all engineered water systems including hot and cold water systems (taps, showers etc.), cooling systems, cooling towers, and complex and novel water systems.
" ... the person who carries out the risk assessment and provides advice on the prevention and control of exposure must be competent to do so."
Paragraph 29. HSE ACOP L8.
In the United Kingdom we are members of the Legionella Control Association (LCA) and are accredited by them to perform legionella risk assessments of all types of water system... LCA registration certificate
Additionally, all our risk assessment surveys are performed strictly in accordance with our ISO 9001 accredited quality management systems.
Offices in London, Manchester & Glasgow
From our offices in London, Manchester and Glasgow our expert risk assessors serve clients across all regions of the United Kingdom, Europe and internationally delivering professional legionella risk assessments, hazard analysis and other environmental risk management services.
Relevant Legislation, Codes of Practice & Guidance
In the United Kingdom the legal requirement for conducting such Legionellosis risk assessments is defined under the following legislation:
- The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999 (COSHH)
Our expert risk assessments and compliance surveys are performed in accordance with the above legislation and the following specific codes of practice and guidance documents (where applicable):
- Health & Safety Executive: Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L8 "Legionnaires' disease. The control of legionella bacteria in water systems"
- Health & Safety Executive: HSG274: Technical guidance Part 1: Evaporative cooling systems
- Health & Safety Executive: HSG274: Technical guidance Part 2: Hot and cold water systems
- Health & Safety Executive: HSG274: Technical guidance Part 3: Other risk systems
- Department of Health: Health Technical Memorandum (HTM) 04-01: Part A: Design, installation and testing
- Department of Health: Health Technical Memorandum (HTM) 04-01: Part B: Operational management
- Department of Health: Health Technical Memorandum (HTM) 01-05: Decontamination in primary care dental practices
- BS 7592:2008 "Sampling for Legionella bacteria in water systems. Code of practice"
- BS 8580:2010 "Water quality - Guide to risk assessments for Legionella control"
- ISO 9001:2008 Quality management systems. British Standards Institution registration certificate number: FS 535847
- Legionella Control Association: Service Standards (Various)
- Legionella Control Association: Recommended Code of Conduct for Service Providers
More about Legionnaires' disease
For more information about this condition including how it is transmitted, its epidemiology, diagnosis, medical treatment and prognosis please review the following... Legionnaires' disease
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