Legionella Testing and Risk AssessmentsSchools, Academies, Colleges and Universities
Control of Legionella in Education
The control of legionella in water systems is one of the health and safety issues that all Educational institutions are required to manage. Our Water Risk Assessment allows the responsible person to obtain an understanding of the issue and provides them with recommendations and guidance to resolve.
Water Risk Assessments are carried out by a senior consultants who have the relevant skills, training, experience and attitude to deliver a concise report. All reports are written in-line with the latest legislation.
“Employers have duties under health and safety law to assess risks in the workplace. Risk assessments should be carried out that address all risks that might cause harm in your workplace.” – Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) L8 “Legionnaires’ disease: The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems” (Fourth edition) (2013) was initially published in 1991 and holds special status within the Law. The ACoP L8 explains to duty holders including employers, those in control of premises and those with health and safety responsibilities for others, what they must do to comply with Health and Safety Law in relation to legionella.
The primary obligation is to ensure that a suitable and sufficient risk assessment is conducted to identify and assess the source of risk and develop a plan, for example a written scheme, from that resultant risk assessment to ensure that the identified risks are controlled by measures to ensure the health safety and welfare of those identified at risk so far as reasonably practicable.
What is Legionella?
Legionella is a disease that is caused by the bacterium Legionella Pneumophila, plus other related bacteria. The collective term used to cover the group of diseases caused by Legionella bacteria is Legionellosis. The bacterium that causes Legionnaires’ disease is widespread in nature. It mainly lives in water, for example, ponds, but in low numbers where it does not usually cause problems. It may also be found in purpose-built water systems that can be favourable to the growth of this bacteria. Outbreaks of the illness occur from exposure to high levels of legionella where water is being maintained at an optimum temperature to encourage growth. This means that any water system that has the right environmental conditions could potentially be a source for legionella bacteria growth with schools, colleges and universities likely to have water systems in place which could be at risk.
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