Legionella is a real risk to your people at work and to your operation in the healthcare sector. Legionella bacteria can multiply massively if water is allowed to stand and if there are insufficient controls on the chemistry or the temperature of the water in a system.
People contract legionnaires' disease by inhaling tiny water droplets, known as aerosols.
You are legally required to use a competent person to carry out legionella risk assessments on workplace buildings and ensure that they are kept up to date and reviewed regularly. When did you last do one?
Safety Desk Consulting Legionella Testing – Key Features
We only use qualified assessors and we work to the following standards:
I. Approved Code of Practice (ACoP L8) and Health & Safety Guidelines.
2. HSE's Legionella Technical Guidance HS274 2013
3. Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
4. The Management of Health and Safety Regulation 1999.
5. Control of Substances Hazardous to Health COSHH Regulations 2002
We offer nationwide service, with professional assessors of a consistently high standard wherever you are and no matter how many sites you have. They have experience of all operations of different estates in the healthcare.
Our risk assessments give you clear reports with photos and schematic diagrams that help to create a certified dossier of your water systems. The dossier gives clear information on the current situation, shows where risks exist and recommends any necessary actions.
Safety Desk Consulting will carry out the required ongoing assessments, as regularly as is required for your system. We will also arrange laboratory testing of water samples.
Recommendations will be given about cleaning and disinfection work that is required to bring systems up to required levels, avoid hazards and meet the requirements.
We can quote for these and any other works to be carried out by approved specialists.
Preventative measures can include the installation of Chlorine Dioxide water treatment units. These can effectively solve the problems of contamination by Legionella and other pathogens.
Legionella: Dentists and Healthcare Premises
In the UK, all dental premises are required to have a written scheme and a Legionella risk assessment for controlling any identified risks in accordance with the Health & Safety Executives Approved Code of Practice and Guidance document (also known as L8).
This is further supported by the Department of Health’s guidance documents:
Health Technical Memorandum 01-05: Decontamination in Primary Care Dental Practices (HTM01-05)
Health Technical Memorandum 04-01: The control of Legionella, hygiene, “safe” hot water, cold water and drinking water systems (HTM04-01).
Compliance with HTM01-05 and HTM04-01 will satisfy the requirements of L8.
A Legionella risk assessment is also part of the 'CQC's Essential Standards (Section 10H) in healthcare.
Our Risk Assessors can assist you with the works and provide the necessary report to make your practice fully compliant.