AFM are able to offer a comprehensive water hygiene management package from conducting Legionella risk assessments which will define actions required for compliance with the guidelines and provide a schedule for any required ongoing monitoring. AFM are proud members of legionella Control Association and are regularly audited and assessed by them for compliance with their Code of Conduct for Service Providers and the Service Standards for those legionella control services for which we are registered.
Our membership of the Legionella Control Association, the management systems we have developed and our compliance with the Code and Service Standards means that we are well placed to assist you in controlling the legionella risk associated with your water systems.
Legionella Risk Assessment
As an employer or organisation in control of any premises, you have an absolute legal duty to undertake a legionella risk assessment. This duty is a requirement of the following legal framework:
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
More specifically, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) and:
HSE Guidance, The Approved Code of Practice: Legionnaires’ disease: The control of Legionella bacteria in water systems (ACoP)
The risk assessment doesn’t have to be complicated but will determine the right precautions that maybe required to reduce the potential risk of exposure to legionella.
From your site legionella risk assessment a site specific monitoring schedule will be set up and followed which provides compliance with current HSE guidance for legionella control.
Our site-specific schedules are designed to provide you with the peace of mind that can only come from knowing your site is following best practices for legionella control. Whilst it may be necessary for you to make certain changes to the way that your systems are maintained in order to comply with these best practices, we do not expect our clients to completely reorganise their day-to-day business activities in order to fit in with the way that we work. Rather, we seek to tailor our services to suit the specific needs of each individual customer at the same time as ensuring that any changes that may need to be made will cause a minimum of disruption.
Cleaning and disinfection services
Our cleaning and disinfection services are carried out by our in-house fully trained engineers, who follow specific method statements and procedures to ensure the work complies with the latest HSE guidance for legionella control and COSHH regulations.
We use UKAS accredited laboratories to carry out Legionella testing, Sampling can provide valuable information on the efficacy of the control scheme, of which pre-planned maintenance (PPM’s) such as temperature monitoring etc may form a part of.
Showerhead Cleaning and Disinfection
Showerheads and hoses require cleaning and descaling 4 times per year in accordance with the Health and Safety Executives guidance the ACOP in regard to legionella control.
The shower head needs to be dismantled so that all the removable parts can be cleaned and descaled. This includes the head, inserts and hoses.
Water Quality Testing
Drinking water in our workplaces is delivered in different ways, from taps to bottled dispensers, vending machines and water fountains. Maintaining that quality is important to not just the health of the workforce but the systems and processes that rely on water too. Water is also used for washing, cleaning, sanitation, heating and cooling, irrigation and a whole host of other processes. Like drinking water, it also needs to be of the right quality, whether microbiological (total viable counts (TVC), potable water testing, chemical, metal or other via a UKAS accredited laboratory.
Best practice references
States of Guernsey guidance
Local Approved Code of Practice
States of Jersey guidance
Information sheet on control of legionella bacteria in water systems
HSE Guidance Topics Legionella and Legionnaires' disease
Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Nanotechnology and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)