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LEGIONELLA RISK ASSESSMENTS & LEGIONELLA REMEDIAL WORKS FOR FACILITIES MANAGERS

A guide to Legionella risk assessments and Legionella remedial works for facilities managers 

Has your Legionella risk assessment has identified that your building requires Legionella remedial works? This handy guide to Legionella for facilities managers will provide you with the answers to the most common Legionella questions facilities managers ask.

Why do we have Legionella risk assessments?

As a facilities manager, you will likely already understand the dangers and implications of Legionella and other waterborne bacteria in a water system. However, understanding the following basics is imperative when discussing Legionella control in facilities management.

Legionella is a waterborne bacterium that can cause a serious form of pneumonia called Legionnaires disease. It can also cause less serious diseases; Pontiac fever and Lochgoilhead fever. Humans usually contract the Legionella bacteria when a person inhales it.  The bacteria cannot be passed from person to person. Legionella control is regarded a priority health and safety concern in facilities management. This is because the bacterium thrives in the water systems that fall under your care. Water systems such as; water tanks and cold water systems, cooling towers, pools, spas and evaporative condensers. As a facilities manager, you should understand the requirements for these water systems in your building; or work with a Legionella control specialist who does.

What happens during a Legionella risk assessment?

There are many serious implications for not having the correct procedure in place to deal with Legionella risk assessment and Legionella prevention in your building. The process for prevention (which can be found under the Legionella control code of conduct) usually begins with a Legionella risk assessment. The risk assessment can be carried out by a number of specialist companies throughout the country.

During your Legionella risk assessment, your building will be assessed to determine whether or not the water systems meet a strict set of criteria. These criteria include water storage and temperature. Your Legionella management and control processes will also be assessed.

What happens after a Legionella risk assessment?

After your risk assessment, you may be provided with a list of control measures that need to be actioned to ensure your building is Legionella compliant. One of the most common actions is Legionella remedial works. Legionella remedial works is an umbrella term for many different mechanical services. The services could include any number of works, from water tank relining to reconfiguring pipe work in your cold-water distribution systems. You can find a list of what Legionella remedial works can include at Titan Mechanical Services.

As Legionella remedial works can include quite a wide variety of services, the cost and time taken to complete can vary greatly. However, a reputable specialist should always provide you with more information about exactly what to expect.

Who can carry out Legionella remedial works for my facilities?

A mechanical service provider who specialises in Legionella control and water treatment should carry out Legionella remedial works. Titan Mechanical Services engineers work with facilities around the country providing water treatment and Legionella compliance services.

Many Legionella remedial works require a license to carry out, such as reduced pressure zone (RPZ) valves, also known as RPZ testing or RPZ valve installation. It is important that you find a service provider who is properly accredited. The HSE say you should also look for a company who is a member of the Legionella Control Association.

What happens after Legionella remedial works?

After the control measures outlined on the risk assessment have been completed, you are usually required by law to carry out your next risk assessment after two years (unless your building or water system changes). You will not require the same remedial works to be carried out again. However, your risk assessment may outline new concerns.

Legionella control is an ongoing task, but working with a strong team of engineers will make the process smoother and less time consuming for a busy facilities manager.

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Tank Reline are certified members of the LCA, which means our management systems are specially designed to assist our clients in controlling their Legionella risk. We are also accredited to the highest standards for Health & Safety, Quality & Environment. See below for a selection of the organisations with whom our company and staff are certified.

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