Legionella Control Monitoring and Inspection Programmes: ACOP L8.
Are you Compliant?
Are your water systems compliant? If you were to have laboratory samples taken today what would the results be?
If you are responsible for a water system it is recommended that you have a legionella control monitoring and inspection programme in place.
The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems
A key component of ACoP L8 – The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems, is that after a Legionella risk assessment is completed a written monitoring plan to control the identified risks of Legionella is prepared.
A water monitoring plan will identify the chosen control measure and how this will be actioned and implemented. It will also evaluate how often the system should be managed and monitored. A detailed record of all precautions and recommendations should be contained in a dedicated site logbook. Read more about the steps Water Hygiene Services follow below:
Health & Safety Commission HSE Approved Code of Practice (ACOP L8 )
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How Water Hygiene Services Monitor Water Systems
Water Hygiene Services Ltd provide a system log book which is used to store the records of legionella control monitoring tasks carried out, this includes;
- Weekly flushing of little-used outlets
- Monthly temperature test results of representative outlets
- Quarterly descaling of shower heads and spray taps
- Annual inspection of calorifiers
- Annual water storage tank inspection
- 24 monthly legionella risk assessment review
- A Water Hygiene Surveyor will visit the site at regular intervals to ensure that risks are kept in
- Temperatures and conditions will be compared with parameters detailed in ACOP L8.
Water Monitoring Plan
A water monitoring plan will identify the chosen control measure e.g. avoiding water temperatures between 20ºC and 45ºC and how it will be achieved.
A Monitoring Plan should be closely adhered to and actions should be implemented, regularly managed and monitored.
System Log Book
A detailed record of all precautions should then be kept in a site log book. This is necessary evidence for all health and safety inspections.
Recommendations & Remedial Action:
If conditions are identified which could possibly lead to the growth of legionella bacteria then recommendations will be made to minimise the risk.
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