The Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974 (HASWA) defines a legal duty for a company/employer to control the risk of harm to their employees and others.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSW) require employers to manage risks created by their own activity. The initial part of this requirement is to have in place a risk assessment.
For Legionnaires Disease, there is a specific Approved Code of Practice (ACOP L8). This document specifies what must be assessed and provides appropriate guidance. Even though not compulsory, this Code has a special legal status. If you are prosecuted for breach of health and safety law, and it is proved that you did not follow the relevant provisions of the Code, you will need to show that you have complied with the law in some other way or a Court will find you at fault. ACOP L8 requires there to be a current and representative risk assessment by a competent person.
You can find practical advice and guidance for the control of legionella in Health and Safety Guidance 274 (HSG274). This is not legally required but is good practical advice on control of legionella and illustrates good practice.
BS 8580-1:2019 was launched early 2019 and is a recognized industry standard for Risk assessments for Legionella control.
To comply, Sayvol can provide specialist assessors who are fully trained in the above Guidance and Code and we ensure that our reports are in-line with that set out by BS8580-1:2019.
Through detailed site surveys we ensure our customers and their water systems comply with all current legislation by the submission of the risk assessments. This includes the sampling of
waters for specific analysis, highlighting the risks and including a
full remedial action plan.