Legionella Management & Monitoring

An integral part of the ACOP’s requirements for the control of legionella bacteria is the need to undertake regular monitoring and checks on the systems to ensure that they are operating within the guideline parameters. Regular and routine checks such weekly flushing of infrequently used outlets, sentinel temperature monitoring, shower head descale and disinfection, maintenance and serving of thermostatic mixing valves and system inspections are required to ensure compliance with current regulations and guidelines.

By using the information gained during the legionella risk assessment process, Coral can design a bespoke monitoring and testing regime based upon the guideline parameters laid out in ACOP L8. The frequency of inspection and maintenance will depend on the system and the risks it presents. All the inspections and measurements should be recorded.

A site-specific water hygiene log book can then be instigated which can be used to record and collate all of the information relating to water hygiene. The upkeep of this log book will ensure your total compliance with current legislation and guidance. We have a bespoke online job management system which allows our clients 24/7 real time access to their records for inspection, recording and auditing purposes.

What am I required to do?

To prevent exposure to the legionella bacteria, you as a duty holder must comply with legislation that requires you to manage, maintain and treat water systems in your premises properly. This will include, but not be limited to, appropriate water treatment and monitoring regimes.

If you are responsible for any of the water systems described in HSE’s Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) and Guidance ‘Legionnaires‘ disease: The control of Legionella bacteria in water systems” (L8) you will need to assess the risk of employees and others in the workplace contracting Legionnaires’ disease.

How can Coral help?

Coral Environmental with over 20 years’ experience provide real, common sense and cost-effective solutions to our client’s needs and statutory requirements in today’s ever-changing working environment.


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