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Legionella risk assessments

Do I need a Legionella risk assessment? 

Legionella risk assessments are required by law and are a statutory requirement under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

A Legionella risk assessment is a major step in protecting your residents, employees and the general public from exposure to Legionella Bacteria with the potential to contract Legionnaires’ disease.

A Legionella risk assessment should be inline with the requirements of the HSE’s ACoP L8 or HTM 04-01 for healthcare settings. Making reference to guidance set out in BS8580:2022, BSRIA BG57/2015 along with additional guidance in HSG274.

HSE ACoP L8 states under paragraph 32 ‘You need to review the assessment regularly and specifically when there is reason to believe that the original assessment may no longer be valid’.

Sweetbriar Ltd offer professional and reliable services in the water management sector, each of them tailored to suit your specific circumstances as each case is taken as being bespoke.

In most cases several comprehensive site visits and meetings are required to establish the best way to manage your site. Not all sites require a bombardment of tasks and duties but in order to establish this a Legionella risk assessment should be carried out.  Paragraph 25 of HSE ACoP L8 states “All systems require a risk assessment, however not all systems will require elaborate control measures”  

Once the assessment is complete there maybe no reason to take further action, however if there are several issues we are able to assist further at the request of the client. “A simple risk assessment may show that the risks are low and being properly managed to comply with the law. In such cases, you may not need to take further action, but it is important to review your assessment regularly in case of any changes in your system, and specifically if there is reason to suspect it is no longer valid.”

Statutory requirements: assisting clients with their statutory responsibilitles

A person that is considered responsible for a water systems has certain duties under Health and Safety law. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASWA), Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999 (COSHH 2002) and Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSWR) all refer to the HSE’s Approved Code of Practice L8 as the recommended guidedance for the management of the risk to exposure from Legionella bacteria​.

Once the risk assessment is carried out and certain areas are highlighted a Written scheme of control may then need to be put in place. Generally speaking the scheme of control will follow the guidance of bespoke site maintenance tasks outlined in HSG 274 and all tasks carried out throughout the process will require recording and monitoring. 

Sweetbriar Ltd can provide the customer with full support from the initial setting up of the management system including the Legionella Risk Assessment to the implimentaion and running of the written scheme along with logging and recording requirements.

“A suitable and sufficient 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. The dutyholder is responsible for ensuring the risk assessment is carried out.”

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