Legionella Risk Assessment

Fully Compliant Legionella Risk Assessments in the UK

Compliant Legionella Risk Assessment

DOES MY BUSINESS NEED A RISK ASSESSMENT FOR LEGIONELLA?

In compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP L8, & guidance document HSG 274), if you own business premises (or rented accommodation) which has a hot and cold water system, then you have a legal requirement to have a legionella risk assessment carried out to determine the risk and likelihood of your staff, visitors, or service/building users being exposed to legionella and other harmful waterborne bacteria.

The Acop (approved code of practice) L8(4th edition) is the legislative document covering the control of legionella in the UK, and is health & safety law. This document is supported by the HSG274 guidance document, you can read more about this here.

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Why Choose Acquiesce Environmental Compliance Ltd?

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.

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At Acquiesce Environmental Compliance Ltd, we have over 50 years combined experience providing fully compliant Legionella risk assessments for companies large and small throughout the UK. Our friendly staff are always on call to help you with any enquiry you may have. Unlike other legionella risk assessment companies, Acquiesce Environmental Compliance Ltd can also 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 Acop L8 legislation and HSG274 guidance.

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, HSG274, BS8580-1 2019 & HTM04-01 for Healthcare buildings.

Experienced in delivering assessments in all types of buildings & sectors including:

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

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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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OUR PROCESS

1 Agree The Scope of Assessment

After you enquire we’ll be in touch to discuss your full requirements and agree the scope of the assessment, this will much depend on the size and system installed within your site(s). Some buildings have many types of cold water storage tank, water heaters, calorifiers etc. Buildings can also have water features which must be assessed and controlled, and industrial premises often have process water system which are complex, but provide real risk in terms of bacterial growth and amplification, so will need to be included within the assessment.

Agree the Scope of Legionella Risk Assessment

2 Onsite Inspection & Testing

Qualified and experienced assessor(s) will visit you and your premises in person to carry out a detailed inspection of your water system including water sampling if requested/agreed. Firstly, any legionella logbooks will need to be inspected if present. Any legionella training qualifications or records will need to be viewed, as will monitoring, inspection and cleaning records you have. These records need to be kept for 5 years, so as many records as possible should be made available.

The assessor will then inspect the water system themselves. This includes assessing each system individually (i.e mains cold water, cold water tanks, calorifiers, water heaters, water features etc). Temperatures will be taken from taps, showers and other outlets, photographic evidence taken of risk & general observations. Our assessor(s) will need to check as much pipework as possible, so risers, roof spaces and cupboards may also be checked.

Legionella Risk Assessment on site testing

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, to confirm control measures currently used to control the risk. They will also need to check the 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, which will confirm the risk of exposure.

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, including how water droplets can form aerosol.

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.

3 Sampling/ Reporting

If samples are taken, these will be dropped off directly at our UKAS accredited laboratory and the Assessor will return to our office where they will compile a full report. The time this report will take to be processed will be dependant on the size of the building & systems to be inspected.

Any sample results are delivered digitally to you swiftly upon being received from the laboratory (10 days for legionella samples) however we can receive interim resorts of any samples that appear to be positive before the final result is issued, meaning you have early warning of potential problems within your water system.

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 then can provide detailed guidance and assistance after the assessment to ensure the document is fully understood, and you are on the path to being compliant. We can also assist with any remedial actions recommended within the assessment, as well as training and equipment.

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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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Nationwide Legionella Risk Assessments

Legionella Risk Assessments Across the UK

With head offices in Bromsgrove in Worcestershire, Acquiesce Environmental Compliance Ltd has full coverage across the UK and have carried out Legionella Risk Assessments in:
  • London
  • Birmingham
  • Manchester
  • Bristol
  • West Midlands
  • Shropshire
  • Oxfordshire
  • Worcestershire
  • Herefordshire
  • Cheshire
  • North East
  • North West
  • East Anglia
  • Wales
  • Leicestershire
  • Lancashire
  • Yorkshire
TESTIMONIALS

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
Ad Hales
Ad Hales
2020-02-18
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
5 star rating Legionella Assessment

“I would just like to say how happy we are with the service we get – they Monitor our water system on a monthly basis they do the risk assessment when needed, always punctual polite and if ever I need them they are at the end of the phone. Nothing is too much of a problem to sort out for us”

Jane
St James’ Catholic Primary School

5 star rating Legionella Assessment

“Callum and the rest of the team have been a great company to deal with – not always the case with health and safety matters! They were communicative, punctual & courteous.We will be using them again – 5 stars”

Charlie Taylor
Hadsham Wedding Venue

5 star rating Legionella Assessment

“We have been using Acquiesce Environmental Compliance to carry out our Legionella Risk Assessments, install Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Smoke Alarms to our rental properties. They have been brilliant, contacting the tenants and liaising with them to carry out the appointments (often at unsociable hours).”

Sara Roche
Manager – Rowley Roche & Associates