Do you really need to carry out a legionella risk assessment at your premises or place of work and how often do you need one? Well, an important question to answer first is does your business operate any type of water system? This can include a simple hot and cold water system serving taps and toilets, a shower or something a little more specialised such as a cooling tower for example.
If your business does operate any kind of water system then it is very important to understand and recognise the potential that exists for Legionella bacteria to multiply and spread through such a system to create a risk to people.
Business owners, company directors and landlords
As a business owner, company director or landlord, under the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act you have a legal duty to make sure any engineered water system that is part of your business is safe from legionella at all times.
Additionally, if you employ five or more people in your business then you will need to formally record details of any risk assessments and precautionary measures you take.
The first step required to be completed according to various parts of health and safety legislation is to perform a legionella risk assessment.
This assessment must be done by someone who is competent to perform the task who will identify any risks that may be present and recommend what should be done about them.
Does legionella affect you and your business?
If your business includes any type of engineered water system, even if it is merely in place to service a small office, rented or not, this legislation does affect you.
As the business owner, director or landlord you are likely to be responsible for ensuring a legionella assessment takes place – and that it is done in accordance with the law.
If you ignore the law, or fail to carry out a suitable risk assessment, you could find yourself in court if an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease is traced back to your place of work, or if you have failed to manage the risks at your premises correctly.
Let Water Treatment Services handle your legionella risk assessment
While it is possible for someone in any business to become fully-trained and competent in conducting these risk assessments, it takes time and money to reach this stage.
Furthermore, there is the opportunity for mistakes to be made during the learning process – mistakes which could potentially lead to Legionella bacteria spreading and causing serious illness in the process.
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Adhering to current health and safety legislation
According to the Health & Safety Executives ACOP L8 that is currently in place in the UK dealing with risk assessments for Legionella bacteria, the person performing the assessment “must be competent to do so”.
Could you be 100% sure the person you choose from within your business would fulfil this requirement?
When you hire Water Treatment Services you don’t need to concern yourself with this element.
We can provide expert risk assessments for legionella whenever and wherever it is required.
Contact us today to discuss the risk assessment your business may need and how often you may need one. With our expert assistance and advice, you can be sure your business will be safe and stay within the confines of the law on this matter… contact us →
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