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With so much information available, it can be hard to understand your responsibility around compliance, so it’s time to explain it in steps we all understand.
Legionella bacteria are common in nature and can easily colonise in man-made environments such as hot and cold water distribution systems. Once bacteria has grown in the water system, inhalation of water vapour can lead to Legionnaires Disease. With an estimated 250 cases in the UK each year, and approximately 18% of these resulting in fatalities, our water hygiene team will provide you with the assurance that you are statutory compliant and that water hygiene risks are minimised.
If achieving compliance internally or using a third party to ensure compliance once setup correctly, the process is simple and should integrate into the general running of the building with minimum disruption.
Our experience shows us that some third party companies can make the process over complicated and training internal staff can pull your stretched resources away from your primary focus, costing more over the longer term.
Our advice to all our customers would always be research. For assurance we always point anyone who asks to the HSE website, it describes the law quickly and simply, as below in leaflet INDG458, published 04/12
Under general health and safety law, as an employer or person in control of a premises (e.g. a landlord), you have health and safety duties and need to take suitable precautions to prevent or control the risk of exposure to legionella. Carrying out a risk assessment is your responsibility and will help you to establish any potential risks and implement measures to either eliminate or control risks. You may be competent to carry out the assessment yourself but, if not, you should ask someone with the necessary skills to conduct a risk assessment.
Part of the NPS Group (who are wholly owned by the public sector), NPS Infinity is a provider of high quality property, design and construction consultancy services. Employing over 1200 staff across 26 UK offices, NPS has a wealth of experience in helping our clients understand their property assets and ensuring their property portfolio is performing, as it should.
Complete Compliance Solution
NPS Infinity has the capability to provide comprehensive water quality management services throughout the UK. Building on the support and expertise of our holding company, NPS Group, we provide extensive, reliable personalised services to both local government, public sector clients and private business customers alike and have vast ranging experience in meeting water safety compliance through risk assessments, modifications, installations and renovations.
NPS Infinity is passionate and committed to keeping our customers water-safe and compliant and informed throughout every step of our delivery process, enabling you to be fully aware of your own duties for water systems under health and safety law and legislation.
As well as Water Hygiene, NPS Infinity offer a full range of compliance requirements. Feedback from our current client base is that they want to focus on delivering their own client needs and know that a professional consultant is taking care of the building needs.
Risk Assessment and Monitoring
A fundamental part of the HSE Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) L8 requirement is the need for a business to undertake regular monitoring and checks of water systems to ensure everything is compliant within guideline parameters. Our experienced team of water hygiene engineers can provide you with a reliable and cost effective water system management service, ensuring your water systems remain free from the spread by Legionella bacteria. We not only have the vast experience and knowledge to provide a high quality, efficient service, but we also have the values and ethos to understand how invaluable it is to ensure you as a client are confident in understanding the measures you can take to proactively ensure the tailor-made service we provide.
We ensure our service is unique, flexible and client focused through thorough planning and undertaking of comprehensive Legionella risk assessments, identifying all potential sources of risk associated with Legionella within your building’s water system.
Our engineers undertake an initial survey of the water systems on your site, determining what needs to be included within the scope of a comprehensive, concise and quantifiable risk assessment.
Our risk assessments are clear, tangible, easy to interpret and are fully adherent with the HSE Approved Code of Practice for the control of Legionella in water systems, ACoP L8 and the guidance found in the latest British Standard, BS 8580:2010.
Once the Legionella risk assessment has been completed, our qualified water experts will make recommendations for any modifications and renovations needed to the water services, which may be necessary in order to ensure regulatory compliance with the current legislation.
Keeping up-to-date records is just as important as having the checks carried out. NPS Infinity use the latest version and best in its class to ensure your records are kept online in your own web portal. Working without the need for paper ensures both you and the consultant has instant access to the latest information all the time.
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Support to our customers doesn’t stop at the Risk Assessment or monitoring. Using our highly experienced engineers, we can offer the full package, which includes the option to complete the remedial works highlighted in the Risk Assessment. Again, this removes the need for you to place separate orders and managing separate contractors.
Our vast experience in the public sector shows that some of our clients worry about engaging consultants due to concerns about spiralling costs. Similar to our work ethic and quality we want to separate ourselves from our competitors by offering fixed and transparent prices. This gives cost certainty and best value to the customer. Compliance could be from as little as £350.
For further information, contact Kelly Dew.
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