Legionella Risk Assessment Birmingham

Risk Assessments for Legionella In Birmingham and the West Midlands – all you need to know

From why you need a legionella risk assessment to how to get a free no obligation quote, here we look at all the questions you may have about Water Hygiene Assessments, Legionella Control and Health & Safety Law in Birmingham. If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate in giving us a call on 0330 094 5466, our staff are always happy to help. 

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What is a Legionella Risk Assessment?

A Legionella Risk Assessment is a legally required procedure where your business’ water systems and management protocols are inspected to identify any risk which could lead to legionella bacteria growing in your water systems and people being exposed to this potentially lethal bacteria.

Do I need a Legionella Risk Assessment?

If you own business premises (or rented accommodation) in Birmingham which has a hot and cold water system, you have a legal requirement to have a legionella risk assessment carried out to determine the risk and likelihood of your staff and building users exposure to the potentially fatal legionella bacteria.

The Approved code of practice L8 (4th edition) – “Legionnaires’ disease. The control of legionella bacteria in water systems” is the legislative document covering the legionella control in the UK.

This document is supported by the HSG274 Health and Safety Executive guidance document.

Legionella Risk Assessments in Birmingham

Who can carry out a legionella risk assessment?

As an employer, landlord or a person in charge of premises, you have the responsibility to ensure that you conform to health and safety duties, legal requirements to control the risk of Legionella Risk Assessment.

Acquiesce Compliance is an accredited legionella control & water treatment company, member of the Legionella Control Association. This accreditation demonstrates our commitment to delivering the highest standards of legionella control services.

With years of experience providing risk assessments and a fully compliant water hygiene service across Birmingham and the West Midlands for various sectors and types of buildings, we will make sure you are in compliance with legionella regulations in the UK.

At Acquiesce Environmental Compliance, we strive to be the best. That’s why we are constantly working to provide you with a fully compliant service read more about our accreditations and certifications here:

LEGIONELLA CONTROL ASSOCIATION
SAFE CONTRACTOR/CHAS
ISO9001
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Why choose Acquiesce Environmental Compliance?

Acquiesce Environmental Compliance Ltd has a team of experienced, City & Guilds qualified legionella risk assessors. Highly experienced in assessing the risk for Legionella, including full colour CAD drawn schematic diagrams, in line with the requirements of Acop L8(4th edition) , HSG274, BS8580-1 2019 & HTM04-01 for Healthcare buildings.

With over 7 years of happy customers and over 50 years of experience in the control of legionella across our team, we pride ourselves on being communicative, professional & reliable. We’re always just a phone call away and no question is ever too small, click here to contact us.

We provide fully compliant Legionella control services for companies large and small throughout the UK. Unlike other legionella risk assessment companies, Acquiesce Environmental Compliance Ltd can provide you with monitoring programmes, training, remedial works and cleaning & disinfection services as well as ongoing support and self delivery packages, allowing you to monitor your water system and keep in control of substances hazardous to health to stay compliant with Health and Safety Law.

Experienced in delivering Legionella Risk Assessments in all types of buildings & sectors including:

  • Leisure & Retail
  • Social/Sheltered Housing
  • Care Homes
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Offices Hospitality
  • Educational
  • Residential.

How long does a Legionella Risk Assessment take?

Legionella Risk Assessments can take anywhere between 2 hours & 1 week to complete depending on the size of the buildings and systems installed. It is important as much information is gathered during the scope & quoting stage to ensure that we capture all systems on site. Generally, average sized buildings can be assessed within one day.

How much does a Legionella Risk Assessment cost?

This will depend on the size of the buildings and systems installed. It is important as much information is gathered during the scope & quoting stage to ensure that we capture all systems on site. Get in touch today for a free no obligation quote.

What is involved in a Legionella Risk Assessment?

Step 1 Agree the Scope of the assessment

Once the scope of the assessment has been agreed, we will send qualified and experienced legionella risk assessors to your business premises. The assessor will need to meet with the building manager or responsible person and will need to inspect any previous legionella risk assessment you may have, and any legionella monitoring log book. They will also need to check competency of staff which will involve inspecting training records they have. Our assessor will also need to find out about the types of people using the building such as general ages of staff, and building users in order to identify if susceptible people are present, and also to provide a risk rating for the report.

Agree the scope of the legionella testing

Step 2 Water System Inspection

Once this is complete, then the assessor will need to inspect all of the water system(s) in full. This will involve inspection and testing of mains cold water supplies, cold water tanks, water heaters, water features, heating systems and all pipework feeding your taps, baths, sinks, showers and outlets. Temperatures will need to be tested from as many outlets as possible, photographs taken of general observations, and anything considered to be a risk. We commonly identify risks such as dirt and debris In the system (sediment in cold water tanks, scaled taps/showers) infrequently used outlets, temperatures out of range (temperatures between 20-45c favour growth of legionella bacteria) and anything which can contribute to the growth of legionella bacteria.

On site legionella testing

Step 3 Assessment and reporting

Our assessor will need access to as many areas of the building and system as possible, which will help with the schematic diagram we will produce for your system(s) as part of the report.

When the risk assessment is carried out and the and the information gathered, our assessor will then return to the office where he/she will then begin compiling you a full report. Our reports are compliant with the requirements of the Acop L8, HSG274, COSHH & BS8580(2010). Once completed, we will then electronically send you the report and can also post out a hard copy of the assessment in a presentation folder.

We can then help you further with monitoring programmes, training, remedial works and cleaning & disinfection services. Acquiesce Environmental Compliance Ltd is a specialist legionella & water hygiene service company based in the Midlands with nationwide coverage.

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Staying Compliant with Legionella Control

How often do you need a Legionella Risk Assessment?

Risk assessments for legionella need to be reviewed regularly (on average every 2 years), or if conditions change, such as:

  • Changes to building use
  • Significant changes to the water system
  • Availability of new guidance

Legionella Risk Assessments Frequently Asked Questions

Legionella is a harmful bacteria which causes legionnaires disease. It is found in many common environments including man made water systems. If your business has a hot and cold water system, it is your legal duty to keep your water systems properly maintained to prevent an outbreak of Legionnaires Disease.

Risks and conditions which can cause people to exposed to legionella bacteria include:

  • Temperature between 20c-45c
  • Dirt & debris in your system(s) or other sources of nutrients (such as rust, scale, algae, sediment)
  • Areas of infrequent use or stagnation
  • Aerosol production (showers, spray outlets)
  • Lack of management practices for good legionella control

Legionnaires’ disease is a form of pneumonia. Symptoms of Legionnaires disease include coughing, fever, shortness of breath, vomiting & diarrhoea, headaches and muscular pain. In most cases, hospitalisation is required. The fatality rate is approximately 25% for people with underlying medical conditions and around 10% for people with good health.

A Legionella Risk Assessment is a procedure where your water systems and management protocols are inspected to identify any risk which could lead to legionella bacteria growing in your water systems, and people being exposed to this bacteria

If you own business premises (or rented accommodation) in the UK which has a hot and cold water system, with more than 5 employees, then you have a legal requirement to have a legionella risk assessment carried out, and to control the risk on an ongoing basis, from a recommended control scheme.

A qualified and experienced assessor will visit you and your premises in person to carry out a detailed inspection of your water system and management protocols. Any logbooks, training records need to be inspected initially (if present) then the assessor(s) will need to inspect all accessible areas of the water system. We can also take samples and this will be agreed in the quoting stage.

If legionella is detected in the system, then our trained & experienced consultants can provide detailed and site specific guidance on next steps. Much depends on the control measures the building & systems had when samples we taken, and the type of systems installed, as well as the susceptibility of the persons using the building.

The onsite element of a system can take anywhere from one hour to a week to complete, depending on the size of the building(s), sites and systems installed. A typical Legionella Risk Assessment can be around 1 – 2 weeks from visit date to the day the assessment is sent electronically. This depends a lot on the size of premises and type of water system and potential issues found.

This will depend on the size of the buildings and systems installed. It is important as much information is gathered during the scope & quoting stage to ensure that we capture all systems on site.

Risk assessments for legionella need to be reviewed regularly (on average every 2 years), or if conditions change, such as:

  • Changes to building use
  • Significant changes to the water system
  • Availability of new guidance

Give us a call today on 0330 094 5466 or email info@acquiescecompliance.com, One of our experienced, friendly staff will gather the information for the scope of the assessment, and once agreed, be able to book you a time to suit your needs. Alternatively, fill in our contact form here and we will get back to you as soon as we can to book your Legionella Risk Assessment.

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What do our clients say?

Jason
Jason
2021-09-22
I recently noticed a strange smell coming from the water in my bathroom sink. When I investigated further, to my horror I discovered a dead animal in my cold water tank. I called Acquiesce who provided a reasonable quote to do the job. The engineer they sent (Mark) did an extremely thorough job and was helpful, friendly and informative throughout, giving me great confidence that the job would be done to the highest of standards. I hope never to have such an issue again, but if I did, I wouldn't hesitate to contact Acquiesce. They were excellent to deal with.
Anand Verma
Anand Verma
2021-05-20
Speedy, detailed and the best valued company that I could find. Clear and rapid communication. Arrived when they said they would. I can recommend Acquiesce.
CW Taylor
CW Taylor
2021-05-20
Great company to deal with - was recommended by a friend and they were everything he said they would be - communicative, punctual, courteous and wrote a 5* water risk assessment for our wedding venue as well as told us the practical solutions to our issues. Always available to answer technical queries on the phone - even from a layman! We will be using them again - 5 stars.
James Bayliss
James Bayliss
2020-09-23
Acquiesce carried out a legionella risk assessment for us at short notice. The quality of the report was excellent and they turned this around quickly for us. They then completed the remedial works required to ensure we were compliant/ Great service and very reasonable costs.
Rob Weeks
Rob Weeks
2020-09-23
Excellent service as always from Acquiesce. Have used them regularly on our sites. Risk assessments are always accurate, staff are always polite and punctual. I haven't been shy in recommending them to others when they need their work done.
ian thorn
ian thorn
2020-02-26
Completed a legionella risk assessment for us at short notice, then rectified the issues they found within 24 hours. Cannot recommend enough. Took some water samples for us when our water was discoloured. Found the problem straight away and sorted this out for us. Price much cheaper than we had expected. Staff friendly and made us feel at ease in our building. Always on the end of phone for advice
Louise Dooley
Louise Dooley
2019-01-21
Professional company! So happy with the service and the price. Would use them again.
Paul Hardy
Paul Hardy
2018-09-01
Excellent service. An assessor was sent to our site and made us feel very at ease with our water supply. The report they delivered was excellent and very easy to understand

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