Is your Legionella Risk Assessment out of date?

Is your legionella risk assessment out of date?
Is your legionella risk assessment out of date?

Is your Legionella Risk Assessment out of date?

When did you last have a Legionella Risk Assessment?

HSE Guidelines recommend Legionella Risk Assessments be carried out every two years to reduce the risks of Legionnaires’ disease, a potentially fatal form of Pneumonia caused by breathing in contaminated droplets of water. Legionella bacteria is carried through water, and if present in your workplace it can be fatal.

Is your Legionella Risk Assessment out of date?

Take Action: Stop! Think!

  • Do you know the date of your last Legionella Risk Assessment?
  • Do you know if all of your water temperature are complaint throughout your building?
  • Could your employees and visitors be at risk?

How do you know if your Legionella Risk Assessment is out of date?

If you have made any changes to your water system, such as adding or removing a tap, shower head or other water outlet, you must have a new risk assessment.

Water systems must be compliant with L8, the Approved Code of Practice and guidance on Legionnaires’ disease, issued by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

If you have any doubts at all that your water systems are not compliant, you should seek further advice from our legionella compliance service advisors.

The Legionella Risk Assessment

The Legionella Risk Assessment forms the foundation of your water safety plan. It ensures that you maintain compliance with the relevant regulations, and provides crucial information over the health of your water systems that can help to design your bespoke plan. You can expect us to do the following:

  • Identify all hot and cold water systems
  • Record water temperature
  • Provide detailed schematic drawings showing your entire water system
  • Assess all potential risk factors
  • Provide structured plan for the management of water responsibilities
  • Recommend a plan of action
  • Produce record sheets to monitor water temperatures
  • Issue a working control logbook
  • Deliver analytical reports that are available 24/7

We can help you ensure that you are L8 compliant. Call us on 0808 133 0131, or email info@legionellasafeservices.co.uk for a no obligation quote for our legionella prevention services.

Legionella risk assessment needed by GP practices

Carrying out a Legionella risk assessment is an essential requirement for GP practices to demonstrate that they are fully compliant with health and safety regulations and legislation.

This point as been made clear with the case of the Hawthorn Drive GP practice in Ipswich, which has been rated ‘inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission, the social and health care watchdog.

One of the findings detailed in the CQC’s inspection report was that the practice, which cares for more than 8,000 NHS patients, had not undertaken a Legionella risk assessment.

The Legionella bacteria can cause Legionnaire’s disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia.

Legionella risk to GP patients

There is a greater risk of elderly people and people with weakened immune systems contracting Legionnaire’s disease, so GP surgeries need to be sure they are Legionella compliant.

The report, which has been published following a planned inspection in November 2016, acknowledged that practice staff have pledged to make improvements, including to systems for Legionella control.

Carrying out a Legionella risk assessment is the first stage in a four-stage process to put in place an effective regime for the control of the Legionella bacteria.

Without carrying out a risk assessment, companies, organisations, and public bodies, such as GP surgeries, cannot demonstrate they are meeting their legal obligations in relation to the Legionella bacteria.

Once the Legionella risk assessment is completed, remedial work can be carried out, if it is needed, Legionella monitoring can be put in place, which includes an appropriate water system testing regime, and Legionella awareness and technical training can be given to staff.

Legionella data records vital

Robust recording and management of data to demonstrate Legionella compliance is also vital.

LegionellaSafe is a specialist consultancy that delivers the full range of Legionella compliance services, including risk assessments, monitoring, testing, recording and training.

It works with a range of health facilities, including GP practices, hospitals and specialist units to support their Legionella compliance strategies.

Steve Morris, Sales Director of LegionellaSafe, said: “Best practice is to have a robust Legionella compliance regime in place from the start. We work with clients to ensure this happens, and to put in a recovery plan if standards have been found to fall short.”

Need expert advice or help from LegionellaSafe? Call 0808 133 0131 or email info@legionellaSafeservices.co.uk.

Legionella control vital for dental practices

For dental practices, following Legionella control procedures to the letter, showing they have done all that is expected of them to keep their staff and patients safe is vitally important.

The safeguards to prevent an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease should be considered a chain of actions that need to be taken to minimise the risk of an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease.

A dental practice in Bolton has been criticised for failing to adopt this approach regarding its management of a Legionella risk assessment carried out at the premises in 2015.

CQC investigated Legonella control

Bolton Road Dental Centre in Farnworth, was visited by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspector in December 2016. One of the key areas its team looked at closely were procedures for Legionella control.

The CQC’s official report, published on 17 January 2017, found that recommendations in a Legionella risk assessment, carried out in January 2015, had not at the time been acted upon, namely that water temperature testing was not being carried out.

That means the CQC was concerned that actions recommended as a result of the Legionella risk assessment had been delayed by nearly two years.

Four stages of Legionella compliance

Legionella risk assessments are the first crucial stage in a four-stage process for achieving Legionella compliance that all organisations must go through.

Understanding the specific risks of a property allows a robust plan to be devised and implemented to maximise the safety of staff, customers and the wider public.

In most cases, an independent, skilled and experienced Legionella expert is commissioned to carry out the Legionella risk assessment. It is then the responsibility of the organisation to act on the findings.

LegionellaSafe has many years of experience in carrying out Legionella risk assessments. We can also then devise the follow-up plan to carry out Legionella remedial work, if required, and establish good Legionella monitoring systems to minimise the risk of an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease.

Bolton Road Dental Centre said it had worked hard to act on the findings in the CQC report and to improve its health and safety standards.

Need expert advice or help from LegionellaSafe? Call 0808 133 0131 or email info@legionellaSafeservices.co.uk.

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