Allan Mazey

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Saturday 19th September 2015


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Allan Mazey

20:42 PM, 16th November 2015, About 6 years ago

DIY Legionella Risk Assessment Reports for Just £9

Reply to the comment left by "safetylady silver" at "16/11/2015 - 19:43":

How you spend your money is up to you.
However

L8 states Duty Holder or person in control of a building, I guess someone must be in control of your property ?

Yes you can have proportional risk management of low risk systems.

The revised ACOP is guidance and you will not be prosecuted for not following the guidance.

However the prosecution will come under the COSHH regulations (which are law) and consideration will be given as to whether the ACOP L8 has been followed.

Time for a glass of vino I think.... Read More

Allan Mazey

17:10 PM, 16th November 2015, About 6 years ago

DIY Legionella Risk Assessment Reports for Just £9

Reply to the comment left by "safetylady silver" at "16/11/2015 - 14:46":

RA Valid two years (unless any significant changes)
circa £90.00 per ra
£45.00 per annum

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Allan Mazey

12:59 PM, 16th November 2015, About 6 years ago

DIY Legionella Risk Assessment Reports for Just £9

Reply to the comment left by "Mike Wright" at "16/11/2015 - 11:41":

You are exactly right with both comments Mike.
The comment “It is so low (in standard domestic single let property) as to be effectively dismissed, along with many other tiny risks. is certainly an interesting statement !
A quality risk assessment by a competent person, will accurately determine the risk (whether it be tiny or large)and also give the landlord a document to rely on and refer to as an ongoing control mechanism.
Not bad value for circa £45.00 per annum.... Read More

Allan Mazey

12:36 PM, 21st October 2015, About 6 years ago

Legionella Risk Assessment - I wasn't aware!

Jireh,
You are absolutely about competency. There are variables in even the simplest of systems that may go noticed. For instance how many private landlords will know that flexible hoses to taps are considered a serious risk even if all the other controls are in place. Scalding issues are part of the L8 and Water pipes running close together without insulation will produce heat transfer which could proliferate growth. I could go on ( but wont bore everyone).
A pro forma used by a non competent person will never be suitable to cover all the bases.
According to HSE ACoP L8 The assessment should be reviewed every 2 years or if there is reason to suspect that is no longer valid, for example:

Where there have been changes to plant, the water system or its use;
Where there have been changes to the use of the building;
Where new information about risk or control measures has become available;
Where monitoring indicates that control measures are no longer effective.
All the best.
Allan M... Read More

Allan Mazey

10:19 AM, 10th October 2015, About 6 years ago

DIY Legionella Risk Assessment Reports for Just £9

Reply to the comment left by "Neil Radford" at "10/10/2015 - 09:33":

Absolutely correct Neil.
And the statistics unfortunately are the tip of the iceberg. Legionella is an infection caused by a bacterium that naturally lives in water and thrives in warm water. It’s no surprise then that the legionella bacteria can take root in warm, moist lungs to cause pneumonia. and the most at risk are the vunerable people in our society. (Older, Younger, Smokers, Immune suppressed systems etc. Think how many people have passed away in hospital over the years from pneumonia !.
It could be argued that some of the tenants in rented accommodation fit into the above category of people most at risk and that is why the health focus is now on water hygiene.
At the risk of repeating myself ;- the ra is only part of a water hygiene control system

As detailed in the APPROVED CODE OF PRACTICE (L8rev) the site is required to;

• Identify and assess sources of risk of legionellosis and scalding from hot water.
• Prepare a scheme for preventing or controlling the risk.
• Implement and manage precautions.
• Keep records (for at least 5 years) of the precautions implemented.

Sorry but a £9.00 self performed ra doesn't do the job for me. In reality taking into account a landlords time to perform the ra, the cost of circa £80.00 for a professional ra with a competent independant product at the end of it is more than competitive.
And you will sleep better at night.... Read More