At Severn Trent Water Hygiene, we are proud to say that we are a member of the Legionella Control Association, but what does this mean?
The Legionella Control Association (LCA) is a nationally recognised and highly respected voluntary membership organisation, comprised of companies and service providers involved in legionella control. The primary aim of the organisation is to provide reassurance for end users that contractors utilised meet certain minimum standards, thus minimising the probability of harm caused by poorly maintained water systems. It should be noted however, that this does not negate the legal obligation of the end user to have their own mechanism of identifying the competence and capability of their chosen contractor.
The LCA achieve this aim by maintaining a code of conduct and a set of service delivery standards, binding members to certain quality standards. The code of conduct and service standards are refenced in ACoP L8 (Fourth Edition). Annual external audits by the LCA give assurance to buyers that members offer a high-quality service in line with the code and service standards, in an effort to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of the users and inhabitants of facilities.
Severn Trent Water Hygiene innovate beyond the LCA’s exacting standards to deliver a service over and above expectations. For example, we have implemented systems and mechanisms for capturing calibration records, as well as conducting employee competency assessments and escalations to the relevant authorities prior to these actions being requirements of the code of conduct. We continue to look for other avenues of improvement and innovation within the industry. If you’re serious about compliance, ensure that your service provider of choice is a member of the LCA and certified for the category of work you require. Also remember as an ‘end user’ you have a responsibility to assess the competence of your service provider, so ensure that you ask regularly for employee competence assessments, in addition to any training certificates. If you want to stay ahead of the curve, work with us.