Keeping your standards high and your risks low

How confident are you that your water risk assessment is ‘suitable and sufficient? 

There is a requirement under COSHH, HSE Approved Code of Practice (L8) (2013), HSE Guidance (HSG274) (2014), HTM 04-01 (2016) and BS8580 (2019) to ensure that a ‘suitable and sufficient’ assessment of Legionella and water related risk is prepared for your organisation.

The scale and scope of the assessment will be dictated in part by the complexity of the site and its water services, and the nature of the susceptibility of the occupants (in particular healthcare related vs. non-healthcare). 

As such, it is vital to ensure that a robust, detailed and clear specification for the risk assessment is developed to avoid misunderstanding from those returning tenders or quotes, which could vary widely in price due to a lack of clarity on what is entailed in the exercise.

How confident are you that you know the required risk assessment standard, and that your specifications are clear and unambiguous? 

In addition, in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act (1974), the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999), and above guidance the risk assessment is to be reviewed whenever a significant change occurs (such as change of occupancy, change of water quality, incident, high counts, new guidance etc.). 

The impact that Covid-19 has had on water could be such a change.  The LCA (Legionella Control Association) and ESGLI (Escmid Study Group for Legionella Infections) issued guidance on the potential impact that Covid-19 could have on water services on 9th April 2020.  The guidance effectively recommends that the Legionella risk assessment and scheme of control should be reviewed to establish if there is a significant impact of Covid-19, primarily by reduced usage resulting in stagnation and warm water conditions. 

Did you know at Eastwood Park Training, our Legionella Risk Assessment course covers these issues? We’ll provide you with the tools to ensure that you have a much better grasp on these all-important requirements. Read more about our courses here, or get in touch by calling  +44 (0)1454 262777 or drop us an email – training@eastwoodpark.co.uk.