Legionella Water Testing & Risk Assessments

Legionella risk assessments

Here at Croston Plumbing & Heating, we offer a range of Legionella risk assessments and control services to our domestic and commercial customers across the North West.

We operate in a number of different sectors and our existing clients include: residential premises, hotels, schools, nurseries, health centres, restaurants, leisure centres, care homes, dental surgeries, office complexes, factories, warehouse/distribution centres and private residential properties.

What is Legionnaires disease?

Legionnaires’ disease is caused by legionella bacteria. It is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and everyone is susceptible to infection. Outbreaks of the illness occur from exposure to legionella bacteria growing in purpose-built systems where water is maintained at a temperature high enough to encourage growth.

What are legal obligations?

Under the HSE guidelines, if you are an employer, self-employed or a person/company in charge of premises, you are responsible for ensuring that the risk of exposure to legionella in those premises is properly assessed and controlled. This requires all properties to have a Legionella risk assessment carried out to identify potential risks and outline ways to control that risk.

How to reduce the risk of Legionella

Identify and assess the potential risk

The first step towards ensuring your property is safe from Legionnaire’s disease is to identify and assess the risk of Legionella. It is a legal duty for Landlords to assess the risk of Legionella exposure in their properties, and also to control this risk.

Respond and manage the risk

Once the risk of Legionella in your property has been identified and assessed, the second step in the process is to begin the process of managing the risk. This will involve implementing the recommendations from the risk assessment, selecting contractors to maintain the system and arranging for routine monitoring as required.

Prevention & control

It is important to note that the spread of Legionnaire’s disease is very much preventable. The best way to prevent Legionella is to reduce the amount of stored water. Where the risk cannot be prevented through elimination it must be adequately controlled. One of the main ways to do this is to control the temperature.

Record your activity

If you have had a risk assessment completed you must keep a record of it so that you can evidence the actions taken to eliminate or reduce the risk. Maintaining a water log book for the building can be a useful way of recording water temperatures and other checks to demonstrate that you are managing risks appropriately.

Our services

Legionella risk assessments: Industry leading commercial and landlord Legionella Risk Assessments to ACOP L8, HSG274 and BS8580 Standard. Our assessments are fully compliant with HSE and CQC guidance.

Legionella sampling: Microbiological samples taken and sent for analysis at an independent UKAS accredited laboratory.

Legionella control: Routine water temperature monitoring, servicing, inspections and disinfections in accordance with ACOP L8 and HSG 274.

Cleaning and disinfection: Cold Water Storage Tank and Water Heater cleaning and disinfection.

Remedial Services: Redundant pipe work removal, Tank replacement or removal and many other services.

Our Pricing

We are happy to discuss your requirements in detail and our pricing starts from as a little as £180.00 (+ vat).

Contact us on 01257 452 879 if you would like further information.