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Legionella Testing

Proactive Legionella testing and monitoring is vital for commercial properties with water systems. Carrying out regular Legionella water testing and risk assessments ensures your business stays safe and legally compliant. 

Robinsons Facilities Services offers professional Legionella testing across Yorkshire and the UK. Our Legionella monitoring programme will keep you compliant with UK legislation so you can focus on your core business.

Call us today at 01423 226578 or send us an enquiry for a free, no-obligation quote.

For more information on Legionella testing and our approach, continue reading below.

What Are the Risks of Legionella?

Breathing in water droplets that contain Legionella bacteria can cause Legionnaire’s disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia. It is quite easy to become infected by these airborne particles and other contaminants. 

Legionella bacteria grows in water systems where the temperature is between 20°C to 45°C, and the optimum range is between 35°C and 40°C. Completely eradicating the bacteria from man-made water systems is extremely difficult. As such, regular Legionella testing and monitoring is of utmost importance.

What Does Legionella Testing Involve?

First of all, you need to appoint a competent person who is qualified and able to carry out Legionella monitoring and control of your water hygiene. The Legionella testing and monitoring process involves:

  • Implementing and managing control measures, including Legionella temperature testing, sampling, dosing, and cleaning systems in line with HSE’s Legionella guidance.
  • Taking samples that are then lab-tested to identify any potentially harmful bacteria.
  • Maintaining records, such as a Legionella monitoring log book, where any work, risks, and checks are recorded for future inspection. These records also serve as proof of your compliance with health and safety regulations.
  • Repeating this programme on a routine basis. Our team can create a Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) programme, visiting your business as required to ensure continual compliance.

Our team of experienced professionals can also help with:

  • Carrying out a water safety risk assessment.
  • Preparing control measures to prevent bacteria growth.
  • Training your employees to help keep your water system safe between maintenance visits.

We provide bespoke Legionella risk assessments and tests based on your needs. For instance, a closed system water treatment may have different requirements from other systems. Read our article on how to test for legionella for further information. 

What Is ACoP L8?

The Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) L8 Legionella code of practice provides guidance on how to comply with the requirements of the Legionella regulations. The HSE recommends that you should have a water safety system and documentation in place to help you manage Legionella risks. 

When it comes to hazardous substances, you can’t afford to be complacent. You have legal obligations to comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations and a duty of care to your workforce and customers.

Speak to our team for support and advice on setting up a water safety system →

Controlling the Risk of Legionella

Your risk assessment will help you establish the necessary steps to control the risk of Legionella, including weekly and monthly actions you can take. These include:

  • Flushing out systems that are not used regularly.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting shower heads, taps, and other outlets.
  • Monitoring the temperature in your water system.

Legionella Testing with Robinsons Facilities Services

At Robinsons Facilities Services, we can act as your competent professional to carry out all your site monitoring and testing. Our decades of experience testing for Legionella means we can quickly and efficiently identify risks in your system, implement controls, and monitor how the controls work.

We’ll design a custom monitoring programme that suits your organisation, leaving you fully compliant and with sufficient ongoing controls in place. 

Get In Touch

Need Legionella testing Yorkshire? Our accredited engineers are stationed throughout Yorkshire and the UK. We’re proud to be one of the best providers of Legionella testing in the region.

Contact us today for Legionella testing or to create a Legionella monitoring programme that suits you.

Call our Yorkshire head office on 01423 226578 or send us an enquiry for more information.

Why Choose Robinsons Facilities Services?

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Legionella Testing FAQs

Legionella is a bacteria that can grow in water systems. It causes Legionnaires’ disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia.

A professional takes a water sample before sending it to a laboratory to determine whether Legionella bacteria is present, as well as the strain. The laboratory should be UKAS-accredited to ensure reliable results.

Legionella testing by a professional doesn’t take long, just enough time to gather water samples. However, the testing process can take 14 days as the bacteria must be cultivated and meet the UKAS testing requirements and conditions.

This depends on the water system you have on your property. For example, if you have an open system, such as a cooling tower or a spa pool, then you will need to test at least every three months. Your Legionella risk assessment should outline this.

The law states that a “competent person” should carry out Legionella testing. As Legionnaire’s disease is a potentially life-threatening illness, we highly recommend hiring a professional to carry out Legionella testing on your commercial property. 

If a test comes back positive, you’ll need to take immediate steps to eradicate the bacteria from your water system. This includes disinfection, temperature control, and a full inspection of your entire water system by a professional. 

The cost of Legionella testing depends greatly on the size and type of building. Small commercial buildings can expect to pay around £300 while larger enterprises can pay upwards of £1000. Contact us for a free quote

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