If you manage, run or own a Bed & Breakfast, Guesthouse, Hotel, Hostel or any similar type of property then you have a legal obligation to have an up to date Legionella risk assessment in place as well as other control & prevention measures. The very nature of the hospitality 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.
The Health & Safety Executive have issued an Approved Code of Practice for the Control of Legionella Bacteria commonly called ACOP L8, this is in effect a legal document. The ACOP L8 gives guidance on how to comply with the law in relation to Legionella. Failing to meet the requirements of the ACOP L8 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.
What Do I Need To Do?
The first step is to have a Legionella risk assessment carried out. The ACOP L8 explains in some detail that those who carry out risk assessments need to be "Technically Competent". If your risk assessment is not carried out correctly you can put lives at risk as well as waste money. The risk assessment defines what Legionella testing, control & prevention work may be required. If the risk assessment is not carried out correctly then it is reasonable to assume that the work the assessment recommends may also be incorrect and ineffective.
It is for the Duty Holder to assess and decide who is competent to carry out the tasks and that includes the hiring of specialist contractors. If the risk assessment and resulting control and prevention tasks are not carried out completely you may put lives at risk. Carrying out the wrong control & prevention tasks can also be costly. Our Water Wise team are City & Guilds qualified for Legionella and are certified by Trust Mark as meeting the government endorsed competence standard. Our engineers also include City & Guilds and NVQ level 3 qualified plumbers who are Water Industry Approved, Water Safe Registered, members of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering, the Water Management Society and the Engineering Council. So, you can be assured that our team are competent in the work we carry out.