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 Legionella in Schools & Academies

 

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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.  Failures to meet the requirements of the ACOP L8 can lead to substantial fines, prosecution and even imprisonment.

 

Abbey College in Malvern in Worcestershire rated “Inadequate”

partly due to Legionella failings – Nov 2017

 

Legionella is potentially fatal, and one of the most susceptible groups of people are those that you would generally find in the school environment.  As a governor, site manager, head teacher or employer you have a legal obligation to your pupils, employees and anyone else effected by your undertaking which includes visitors.  Paragraph 17 of Ofsted's Common Inspection Framework (CIF) says that inspectors will "take prompt and appropriate action on any safeguarding or health and safety issues".  Paragraph 18 notes that providers must "ensure the good health and safety of inspectors while on their premises".

 

The Governance Handbook states that the health and safety of pupils is a statutory duty of governors.  The handbook also states that children’s health, safety and wellbeing are greatly enhanced by the vigilant and consistent implementation of robust policies and procedures.

 

Mason Moor Primary School in Southampton closed

after legionella bacteria discovered – Jan 2014

What Do I Need To Do?

 

The first step is to have a Legionella Risk Assessment be 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 caried 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 tasks and that includes the hiring of specialist contractors.  If the risk assessment and resulting control and prevention tasks are not carried out competely you may put lives at risk.  Carrying out the wrong control & prevention tasks can also be costly.  We often come across schools that are paying substantial sums of money to contractors for work which is not required and is often not effective, the most common of which is the cleaning and disinfection of cold water storage tanks.  Water tanks DO NOT require cleaning & disinfection unless there is a reason to do so.

 

Schools, Academies & Colleges also find our LinkThru system very beneficial.  The LinkThru system carries out remote temperature monitoring.  For the education environment the benefits of this are significant;

  •  No need for non DBS Checked engineers to come on to the site to take water temperatures
  • Regular water temperature data even during school holidays or when maintenance staff are ill
  • LinkThru is often cheaper than other temperature monitoring options
  • Regular reports & proactive monitoring keep you fully ACOP L8 compliant
  • The online Water Wise Customer Desktop allows you to access your reports anytime you want

Why Choose Water Wise Services

Trust Mark Certified Specialists

 

Water Wise Services LTD is proud to be one of only a few businesses in the UK to have achieved the Government Endorsed TrustMark for our Legionella Services.  The scheme ensures it's members are fully vetted to ensure Technical Competence, Good Customer Service & Good Trading Practices.  Our team are also City & Guilds Accredited, Stroma Certified and members of the Water Management Society.

Enhanced DBS Checked Engineers

 

At Water Wise Services LTD our service team are also Enhanced DBS Checked to work in environments with children and vulnerable adults.

Water Safe Registered & Water Industry Approved

 

NHS Estates recommends that GP Practices, Doctor & Dental Surgeries use (where possible) Water Safe & Water Industry Approved Engineers to ensure work is carries out to the correct standard.

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