Legionella Control - Risk Assessment, Monitoring and Record Keeping
The first identified Legionnaires' disease outbreak occurred in 1976 at an American Legion Convention in Philadelphia. Legionnaires' disease is contracted by the inhalation of water droplets or nuclei contaminated with Legionella bacteria. Anything that produces a water spray can potentially be a source of Legionnaires' disease, for example cooling towers, evaporative condensers, showers, spray taps, spa pools, car washes, fountains, even conventional taps.
Legionnaires' disease is potentially fatal with a 12% mortality rate, which rises in high risk population groups.
In 2001 the Health & Safety Commission (HSC) published ACoP L8 'Legionnaires' disease: the control of Legionella bacteria in water systems'.
ACoP L8 states that to comply with their legal duties employers and those with responsibilities for the control of premises should:
- identify and assess sources of risk...
- prepare a written scheme for preventing or controlling the risk;
- implement, manage and monitor precautions...
- keep records of the precautions, and
- appoint a competent person to help take measures needed to comply with the law.
These form the backbone of our service.
Furthermore we do not sell chemicals, cleaning services or any other form of remedial work. Therefore, you can be sure of receiving unbiased, independent advice.
Our Risk Assessments focus on highlighting all water systems at the building and surveying comprehensively those considered to present a significant risk.
A detailed report is then prepared which includes prioritised remedial works recommendations and details of an appropriate programme of regular monitoring of the water systems in the building. These two documents comprise the formal 'Written Scheme' for controlling the risk which is a requirement of ACOP L8.
We also provide a full consultancy service backed by our extensive knowledge and long-term experience in the legionella industry.