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Happy New Year 2022

Updated: Jan 5, 2022

A positive start to the New Year is vital! Let's begin by getting Legionella Compliance right!

Making a fresh start on compliance can be a good way of relieving the headache that Health and Safety obligations can bring. Legionella compliance can be one of those laborious tasks that will be put on the 'back burner' for the next few months until it needs to be done urgently.

We have a view that Legionella compliance shouldn't be complicated. Making compliance simple is our goal by taking the stress and hassle out of the process.

Making Compliance Simple

First and foremost to becoming compliant is to ensure you have a Legionella Risk Assessment and the assessment is fit for purpose. This means that the following does not apply:

  • there has been a change to the use of the building where the system is installed;

  • there is new information available about risks or control measures;

  • the results of checks indicating that control measures are no longer effective;

  • they're has been a change to key personnel;

  • a case of legionnaires’ disease/legionellosis associated with the system.

If the answer to any of the above is yes then a review of the current Legionella Risk Assessment should be completed.

If the Legionella Risk Assessment is up to date then an audit of your logbook and control measures would be the next step.

  • are all 'little used' outlets frequently flushed i.e. at least weekly?

  • the temperature checks up to date and compliant?

  • are showerheads and hoses cleaned at least every 3 months?

  • what's the condition of the cold water storage tank?

  • when was the last set of water sample taken and what were the results?

By doing an audit of the logbook and control measures it allows you to check that all aspects are covered and that they are being done in accordance with what your Legionella Risk Assessments says.

Auditing your current service provider

As many companies will outsource their Legionella compliance contract it is the responsibility of the duty holder to ensure that those tasks are being carried out as necessary. The company will have a level of responsibility however it is important that as a company, you are checking their work.

Completing an audit of those works may include:

  • reviewing the temperature records and completing a sample of temperature checks in-house.

  • inspecting all records to ensure they are up to date and in order.

  • inspecting the cleanliness of the shower heads and hoses.

  • reviewing that the information within the risk assessment is accurate including the schematic drawing.

  • inspecting the cold water storage tank

Carrying out these checks will show that you have not just relied on paperwork or someones word that these tasks have been carried out, but you can back it up with proof that it is or isn't correct.

We have an excellent understanding of Legionella compliance but more importantly and as the name suggests; a bespoke approach. What this means is that we've identified that each business and premises is different and a 'one-size' fits all approach to Legionella compliance isn't sufficient. We treat each client individually. This means that we consider the realistic approach to Legionella control and what should be done, what needs to be done and what can be done. This allows us to sensibly work out the best course of action to your Legionella compliance needs and considering budget but not compromising of safety or compliance.

We offer a free audit of your Legionella compliance procedures to give you peace of mind that you have everything in place that you need. We can discuss how to improve this in-house or what changes can be made to your current contract.

Let talk!

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