Updated: Apr 1, 2022
Whether you're unsure if your company has covered all of the bases for legionella compliance, this fast checklist will help you understand your present situation and the following measures to ensure your company is safe and compliant.
First and foremost
1. Do your building(s) have a current Legionella Risk Assessment?
A Legionella Risk Assessment entails inspecting your water system for circumstances that promote the growth of legionella bacteria. This includes standing water, fittings that emit spray or aerosol that people may breathe, water containing rust, organic debris, or biofilm, and water held at temperatures ranging from 20 to 45°C.
Businesses are required by law to have a legionella risk assessment performed on their site. If you do not have confirmation of a risk assessment conducted by a professional assessor, it is critical that you obtain one as soon as possible.
2. Is your risk assessment current?
Legionella risk assessments must be precise and up to date to be legal. We would, however, always propose an annual evaluation to ensure that your water system does not endanger any building users.
3. Has your water system undergone any alterations since your previous risk assessment?
If you've made modifications to your system, you'll need to do a risk assessment review. This is to confirm that the adjustments you've made do not raise the danger of legionella in your system and that your company continues in compliance with the appropriate health and safety regulations (Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) or Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations) (1994).
Following your risk evaluation
4. Have the necessary corrective actions been taken?
Your risk assessment may uncover locations in your water system that need to be modified to reduce legionella risk. Qualified experts should apply these adjustments as quickly as feasible. Once these adjustments have been implemented, it is critical to schedule a risk assessment review to confirm that the work has resolved the highlighted risks.
5. Are your staff aware of the legionella management protocols employees must follow?
Your risk assessment should also highlight management methods that staff must keep up to date. This may involve ensuring that outlets such as showers and taps are utilised regularly to limit the danger of germs growing in stagnant water. Personnel awareness training is essential to guarantee that any possible risks are identified and that your staff adheres to these protocols.
6. Do you keep up with compliance throughout the year?
To guarantee that your company is in compliance with regulations and that your building users are protected from the danger of legionella, complete records of your legionella management methods must be maintained, as well as frequent repair of your water system.
Risk assessments must be performed on all water systems and regularly evaluated to ensure that any changes are recorded and those management mechanisms remain effective.
Metro-PAT 24/7 Ltd engineers are trained and experienced in legionella testing and risk assessments.
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