How Often Should My Legionella Risk Assessment Be Reviewed?
Continuing on our Legionella Risk Assessment series. Last time we took a ‘deep dive’ into the competence which should be expected of a risk assessor as well as proportionality in assessing large portfolios of similar building stock. In this article we will be taking a look at the guidance around completing Legionella risk assessment reviews. In our experience it’s not uncommon for ‘end users’ to ask the question- When should I review an existing Legionella risk assessment? Its not uncommon to hear very different opinions on this matter but fortunately there are a number of excellent information sources which can be consulted on when a risk assessment should be reviewed.
Competence Of A Legionella Risk Assessor And Proportionality
Last time we looked at agreeing the scope of the assessment and the independence of the risk assessor, next we will be reviewing the competence of the assessor which is a topic that is becoming more widely discussed. So, let’s start with a simple question – What experience and specialist knowledge should a Legionella risk assessor demonstrate? Well both BS8580-1:2019 and the LCA’s Risk Assessment standard for service delivery outline the expectations of knowledge and understanding required by risk assessors, these include but are not limited to:-
Why an understanding of the BS8580:2019 Standard is vital to ensuring a compliant Legionella Risk
A compliant Legionella control scheme must be based on a compliant risk assessment, but what does that really mean? What do you need to do to comply with the British standard?
Many Legionella service providers claim that their risk assessments are conducted and produced in line with the British standard for Legionella risk assessments, BS8580-1: 2019, but what does that really mean? What do you need to do to comply with the British standard?
Welcome back! In the final edition of our three-part series clean and disinfections for Legionella management, ‘what does a ‘good’ clean and disinfection look like’ we will take a detailed look at ‘post’ disinfection verification sampling and answer the question what is a ‘compliant’ clean and disinfection.
In this article we will:
- Discuss the importance of post-disinfection verification sampling.
- Explain the different types of sampling methods that can be used.
- Discuss when and where to take post clean and disinfection sampling.
Legionella Management: What is a Clean and Disinfection?
Nick Barsby is a man who needs no introduction. As the Chair of the Legionella Control Association, it’s Nick’s job to oversee the single most influential organisation in the industry. Nick has been in the role since 2021, having been Vice Chair since 2017 and has enjoyed every challenging moment of it. We caught up with him at a recent LCA event to learn more about what makes his role so exciting.
Meet Ian Bufton, Managing Director of LeafOne, the software company behind SampleTrack. Ian has been in the software industry for over 25 years! He’s working hard to grow the scope of SampleTrack. LeafOne want to help even more customers solve their sampling problems with software.
We caught up with Ian to learn more about his software design philosophy, and about the exiting things LeafOne has in store for SampleTrack.Continue reading “Meet Ian Bufton, Managing Director of LeafOne”
A health centre has had to relocate to a temporary building after dangerous levels of legionella bacteria was found in its water supply. The health centre, which is located in Amersham, Buckinghamshire has been evacuated and will operate from its new accommodation for between eight and twelve weeks while remedial actions are undertaken.Continue reading “Health Centre Closure Highlights Legionella Risks”
Legionella is a bacterial disease that causes severe pneumonia, especially in the elderly. Any building that regularly has visitors is at risk of hosting Legionella, and builders and contractors are responsible for maintaining this bacteria within acceptable limits. How do you know what your control standards are? The British Standards Institute has released an updated version of the standard it originally drew up in 1992: BS7592:2008; BS7592:2022
Let’s take a look at the some of the key updates to this standard surrounding sampling for the presence of legionella bacteria.Continue reading “BS7592:2022: A New Legionella Sampling Standard:”