If you manage, run or own a Bed & Breakfast, Guesthouse, Hotel, Hostel or any similar type of property then you have a legal obligation under health & safety law to have an upto date Legionella risk assessment in place as well as carrying out control & prevention measures. The very nature of the industry means that you are opening your doors to people of all ages and health conditions which in turn increases the risk of one of your guests being affected by Legionella. Legionella is potentially fatal, and you have health & safety obligations to your guests, employees and anyone else effected by your undertaking. In support of these legal requirements the HSE have issued an Approved Code of Practice for the Control of Legionella Bacteria commonly called ACOP L8 which gives guidance on how to comply with the law in relation to Legionella. Failing to meet the requirements can lead to substantial fines, prosecution and even imprisonment.
The Victoria at Holkham LTD fined £50,000 after exposing guests to scalding temperatures in an attempt to control & prevent Legionella bacteria - May 2018.
Wolverhampton Council has closed the Ramada Park Hall Hotel & Spa until further notice after legionella bacteria was found in water samples - August 2018.
The Feathers Hotel goes into administration after several cases of Legionnaires Disease, periods of closure & PHE investigations - August 2018.
Rose & Crown Hotel in Colchester fined over £36,000 for health & safety failures including Legionella by Colchester Magistrates Court - June 2018.
A Legionella Risk Assessment is the first step to ensuring compliance with the HSE's ACOP L8 and is a legal requirement under health & safety law. Risk assessments need to be carried out by someone who is competent to determine the possible risk from Legionella bacteria. Our risk assessors are certified by Trust Mark who work with Trading Standards. Trust Mark is the only Government Endorsed Competent Person Scheme in the UK and operates under Government Licence from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
A risk assessment is only valid for up to 2 years which is the maximum allowed by the ACOP L8, after 2 years a new assessment needs to be carried out. During the 2 year period the assessment needs to be regularly reviewed along with the control & prevention measures to ensure the assessment is still up to date and the measures are being effective. For that reason, our risk assessments come with a
As well as being Trust Mark certified our risk assessors are also City & Guilds qualified and certified by Stroma.
Our service team also includes City & Guilds and NVQ Level 2 & 3 qualified plumbers who hold accreditation or membership with the CIPHE, Water Management Society, Engineering Council, Water Safe Registered (a requirement of NHS Estates) and are Water Industry Approved holding "Approved Contractor" status under the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999.
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