With the increasing number of Academies in England more and more schools are becoming responsible for their own Health & Safety policies including Legionella Risk Assessments, UKAS Accredited Legionella Testing and Prevention & Control measures.
The risk of legionella is by its very nature increased in schools. This is due to the fact that the key occupants will normally be children whom may have a lower immune system or whose lungs are still developing. Both age and lowered immune systems substantially increase the risk of contracting the disease.
Ofsted are becoming more and more aware of the issues with Legionella in schools and highlighting failings regarding Legionella in their reports. Failures could result in or contribute to Ofsted issuing an Improvement Notice or putting the school in Special Measures.
What Action Do We Need to Take? - Ofsted will expect that the minimum requirements of the ACOP L8 are in place which includes a valid Legionella Risk Assessment (carried out within the last two years). They will also expect to see the results of annual Legionella Testing carried out by a UKAS Accredited Laboratory and the records of any recommended Legionella Prevention & Control measures.
It is important to note that what may satisify a Ofsted inspection may not meet all your legal health & safety obligations.
How We Can Help - Our WaterTech Engineers carry out a range of services including Legionella Risk Assessments, UKAS Accredited Legionella Testing, Legionella Control & Prevention and Legionella Awareness Training.
As a Duty Holder or person in charge of premises is it your responsibility to ensure anyone who undertakes work in your property is competent to do so. Our WaterTech engineers are City & Guilds and NVQ qualified, members of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering, Water Industry Approved and Water Safe Registered. As Water Industry Approved Plumbers our engineers are recognised by DEFRA and the Secretary of State as Approved Contractors. Our engineers have also been trained by Legionella Control International and hold City & Guilds accreditation in Legionella Risk Assessment, Management & Control.
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