Regular temperature monitoring of hot & cold-water systems is a basic requirement of the HSE's ACOP L8 and is far more involved than putting a thermometer under a couple of taps. It does not matter what type of system you have or how low risk you are, failing to monitor, record and manage your water temperatures in a "Technically Competent" manner can leave people at serious risk and you liable to fines & prosecution.
In December 2018 Tendring Council was fined £27,000 plus costs and then spent £190,000 on a health & safety review after an "overestimation of those who were managing the risk and an underestimation of what was required to manage that risk". In August 2018 Enham Trust Care Homes were "slammed" by a CQC report including Legionella failures, inspectors discovered the service did not have “the right people, with the right qualifications and skills, in post to oversee this area of responsibility”.
Ensuring your water temperatures meet the requirements of the HSE's ACOP L8 is the safest and most cost-effective way to prevent and control Legionella Bacteria. Even when you feel you are competent, remembering to take water temperatures, getting to the outlets you need to inspect, recording the temperatures correctly and ensuring they are compliant with the HSE's ACOP L8 can easily go wrong.
How do you know if you are competent? The ACOP L8 does not state exact competence requirements. However, plumbers are taught the correct way to take and monitor water temperatures in City & Guilds and NVQ Level 3 plumbing qualifications, so it is reasonable to assume that is the correct required standard.
For the majority of sites temperature monitoring needs to be carried out at least monthly with additional tasks quarterly and yearly. Some higher risk sites may require more regular monitoring.
Remote Temperature Monitoring from £25.00 per month
One of the newest and most advanced products we use is the LinkThru system. The system is a remote temperature monitoring device.
The module is battery powered and works using a mobile data signal so does not need to be connected to an external power source, access any phone lines or the buildings internet service making LinkThru a truly remote system.
During a risk assessment our team will identify where and when water temperatures need to be taken & recorded. We will talk you through how the system works and how much it will cost to meet your monitoring requirements.
The unit takes water temperatures at set intervals and sends them to a data bank where we can produce temperature monitoring reports at any time allowing full compliance with the HSE's ACOP L8. Reports can be produced to show any frequency of monitoring from daily to yearly.
Proactive monitoring allows the LinkThru system to send alert messages when water temperatures drop or rise above pre-set limits. There is no need to wait for upto a month or for a report to find out that you may be at risk. Our team will regularly monitor alerts and reports informing you of issues as they arise.
The modules also work on heating systems. By monitoring boiler temperatures and activation times our team can help identify faulty or miss set heating timers, faulty thermostats and help reduce your bills.