UK-Wide Legionella Risk Assessment Services
We don’t just offer a domestic Legionnaires service to the likes of landlords, housing associations and property owners.
We specialise in offering an unrivalled Legionella risk assessment to an array of commercial sectors including: schools, universities, colleges, education centres, hairdressers, dental practices, care homes, leisure pools (hydro/swimming) and more.
How Legionella Affects Your Business
- All employers with five or more employees must commission a Legionella risk assessment on their water systems every two years
- Failure to comply with the legal requirements surrounding Legionella can result in prosecution.
- Legionella causes Legionnaires’ Disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia. Failure to properly manage your water systems may risks your life or that of your staff or clients.
If the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 applies to your business premises, then you are required by law to commission a Legionella risk assessment on its hot and cold-water systems.
Legionella Risk Assessments
Our qualified risk assessors will carry out a detailed assessment of your premises, which will ensure compliance with the approved code of practice ACOP L8.
The risk assessment will provide:
Identification and assessment of the source of any risk of Legionella
A written scheme (course of action), to prevent, minimise and control the risk
Our aim when carrying out a Legionella risk assessment is to ensure you understand your water systems and the risks posed to staff and the public. Upon completion, we will provide advice on the best course of action to ensure the risk of Legionella proliferation is prevented or minimised.
Risk assessments are valid for twoyears but may need to be reviewed sooner if there are changes to the building, the water system or its use, signs that the current control measures are no longer adequate, or a case of Legionella/Legionellosis is associated with the system.
Whilst failure to comply to any part of the ACoP is not in itself an offence, that failure may be used in criminal proceedings in a court of law in contravention to HSWA 1974, COSHH 2002 and MHSWA 1999.
Health And Safety & Code Of Conduct
All of our staff work to strict health and safety standards, to maintain staff and client health as well as providing the very best service level. Please click here to read the Legionella Control Association’s recommended Code Of Conduct for service providers – a code we adhere to, or exceed, at every attendance.
Why You Need A Legionella Risk Assessment
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 there is a legal requirement to carry out a Legionella risk assessment of your premises where the risk of exposure to Legionella bacteria from work activities or water systems is present.
AMES consultants will carry out a detailed assessment of your premises working closely with you whilst on-site to ensure all systems are covered and that any control measures in place comply with the regulations and are effective.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Legionella?
- Do I need a Legionella risk assessment?
- I’d like to arrange a Legionella risk assessment
- How does Legionella affect me or my business?
- I need water samples taken
- I need my tanks cleaned & chlorinated
- Why choose AMES for your Legionella Risk Control?
Our aim when carrying out a Legionella risk assessment is to ensure you understand your systems and the risks posed to staff. Upon completion a review meeting will be carried out to discuss in detail both the findings of the assessment and the best course of action required to move forward and become a safe and legal business.
Your Legal Obligations
In order to help you fulfil your legal obligations, our Legionella risk assessment will thoroughly investigate your domestic hot and cold-water systems and will include a programme to control Legionella that includes inspection, water sampling, cleaning and disinfection and auditing, as necessary.
Our services are tailored to your needs, and we will discuss this with you before putting pen to paper.
A building-specific prevention and control regime will be generated from the Legionella risk assessment. We can either explain this to the person nominated to carry out the control measures within your company, or our own engineers can carry this out for you on a monthly basis.
Legislation Regarding Legionella Control Requirements
For more information on your legal obligations surrounding your hot and cold-water, the following pieces of legislation combine to outline what is required:
The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002
HSC Approved Code of Practice L8 (ACoP L8) – Legionnaires’ Disease: The Control of Legionella bacteria in water systems
In a time where we are all trying to tighten our financial belts, a Legionella risk assessment may seem an unnecessary expense and many companies do not follow the law. They may feel that an outbreak will never happen to them or that their company/premises are too small to warrant a risk assessment.
Aerosols Create Highest Risk For Legionella Bacteria
Water systems which create and disseminate breathable water droplets or aerosol present the highest risk of contracting Legionellosis. The degree of risk is affected by general cleanliness of shower heads, water temperature control and design flaws such as dead legs or long runs of pipework. Quarterly clean and disinfectants of spray heads and hoses can help prevent and control this risk.
While spray and fine droplets will always be present as water hits the sink; this risk is escalated by the use of spray nozzles which increase the risk of Legionella proliferation.
Indeed, any fog/mist/spray of water droplets are classed as a Legionella risk. The following news report summarises a well-publicised outbreak at The Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, which was caused by a fog/mist machine used at a party.
Cost-Effective Legionella Risk Assessments by AMES Group
For a fast, online Legionella risk assessment quote please click here and just answer a few quick online questions.
Legionella assessment is of paramount importance to any business or public sector premises which makes use of water in ways that can lead to a fine spray or ‘aerosol’ effect.
Regular Legionella risk assessments and a Legionella control regime should be put in place to prevent outbreaks occurring.
This extends to dentist surgeries, offices and leisure facility premises with showers, spa pools, hairdressing and beauty salons, doctors’ surgeries and commercial, industrial and health-related sites with cooling towers and other water heating and storage facilities.
This list is far from exhaustive, so if you think you may require a Legionella assessment, please get in touch with us.
Councils, landlords, commercial property agents and housing associations can also benefit from our Legionella risk assessment consultancy.
We are able to provide appropriate Legionella risk assessments for a range of businesses and public sector buildings. These include: school risk assessments, dental practices and hairdressers. We are also able to advise housing associations on domestic hot and cold systems. Cooling towers have been found to be responsible for Legionella outbreaks in a number of cases
To make an enquiry or find out more, Please contact AMES Legionella Control using the details below.