It is a legal duty for employers and persons who manage or operate a building to assess and control the risks of exposure to Legionella.
In the UK, guidance on undertaking a Water Hygiene Risk Assessment is provided by the Approved Code of Practice. “Legionnaires’ disease: The control of legionella bacteria in water systems” (L8 Fourth edition). In effect this guidance identifies a Health and Safety Executive approved approach to comply with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 sections 2, 3, 4, and 6 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulation 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12. L8 (Fourth edition) also gives guidance on compliance with relevant parts of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR). Technical guidance in how to comply is provided by HSG274. HSG274 is split into 3 parts covering evaporative cooling systems, hot and cold water, and other risk systems.
Failure to comply with the requirements of L8 (Fourth edition) is not an offence in itself. However, deviations from its guidance have been used to prove a person has contravened a legal requirement. In this situation a person will have to demonstrate they have fulfilled the legal requirement in some other way.
A risk assessment is a legal requirement to ensure that your building or workplace is examined systematically to reduce the risk of contracting Legionellosis. Whether it's for a Commercial Office, Shopping Centre, School, Residential Care Home or HMO, either with cooling towers or without, we can provide the Water Risk Assessment that you need.
If you have been advised by a qualified water hygiene consultant to sample water or inspect certain parts of your water system on a regular basis, RM can help. With our team of competent technicians on the road every day, we are the perfect partner to keep you informed and up-to-date with your written scheme.
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Sylwia has a demonstrated history of working in high paced consultancy services. Skilled in team management and staff development, she has successfully managed and trained a team of Legionella consultants working for companies such as BNP Paribas. She has over 10 years’ experience in conducting Legionella Risk Assessments on hot and cold water systems, cooling towers and process systems. Her advanced knowledge and experience in health and safety regulations means she can provide clients with site-specific policy and written support. As a C&G approved trainer, she delivers our Legionella training courses for clients and staff.
Steve joined us in 2009. He was previously a Royal Marine commando where he learned many key skills that he’s brought to RM Risk Management. His disciplined approach to detail and due diligence has meant he manages many special tasks which require a keen eye and detailed methodical approach. Steve has undertaken many internal and external courses over the years and is a valued member of the team always offering a calm influence and delivering projects in a timely manner for clients.
Matt Joined RM in 2011 as an apprentice. At the time, we wanted to have staff who understood our client’s needs and specifically the property management sector, so we decided to take on and train up our own consultant to support the senior consultants. Since then Matt has become a very popular member of the team who knows our business inside out. He undertakes multi-disciplined audits and visits client sites on a regular basis. Currently he is a Graduate at IOSH and working towards his Chartered status having recently completed his final formal qualifications.
Noel spent 12 years with the RAF in an engineering career on Tornado front line squadrons. After leaving in 1998, he entered into research and development and worked in assisting a Safe Care Legionella Risk Assessment Division. By 2014, he was the Senior Legionella Risk Consultant for his former employer. Today Noel can be found either conducting training or surveying water systems.
As a Health & Safety Assessor and Technician, Gary joined the team in 2011. He is experienced in site safety and occupational risk management. In addition to his field based services, in 2017 Gary took on the role of Scheduling Manager for RM. He is a big Aston Villa fan and a keen and talented footballer himself.