ACOP L8 Compliant Legionella Services for Schools & Academies

The 2019 Governance Handbook and supporting guidance issued by the Department of Education identifies that that health & safety of staff, pupils and visitors is the responsibility of the employer or, in the case of independent schools the proprietor.  The day to day running of the school is usually delegated to the headteacher and the school's management team.  In most cases, they are responsible for ensuring that risks are managed effectively.  This includes health & safety matters.  The handbook identifies that the health & safety at schools is governed by the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, COSHH 2002 and the Management of Health Safety at Work Regulations 1999.  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.  The ACOP L8 gives guidance on how to comply with the law in relation to Legionella.

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.


Simply not having a risk assessment or failing to have one carried out competently could be seen by the courts as a breach of health & safety law.  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 built-in review log and document control clearly stating the assessment date, when the assessment expires and how long the assessment needs to be retained for to meet the requirements of the ACOP L8.  Based on the recommendations of the risk assessment control and prevention measures then need to be implemented.

Why choose Water Wise to carry out your Legionella Services?


As well as being Trust Mark certified our risk assessors are also City & Guilds qualified and certified by Stroma.  Stroma is a Government approved provider of certification and training services for assessors and one of the UK's foremost certification bodies.


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.


Our risk assessments are designed to be straight forward and easy to understand.  We don't just give you an overall risk score for the site, we assess each item individually so you can see where any risk is coming from.  Unlike many of our competitors we recommend site specific control & prevention measures as required by section 28 of the ACOP L8 and do not just include a general table of measures and frequencies.  We can also carry out the required control and prevention measures and record keeping.

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