Water hygiene services
Did you know that you are required by law to regularly monitor and record your legionella risk assessment and carry out water hygiene tests?
That’s where we step in. AshfordFM offers a range of comprehensive water hygiene services specifically tailored to meet all UK regulatory obligations. We’ll ensure you comply with the HSE Approved Code of Practice ACOP (L8) for the Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems, the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA), and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH).
It’s simple - if you don’t want to fall afoul of the law, you need professional water hygiene services.
AshfordFM provides a range of services for organisations large and small:
- ACOP L8 risk assessment - Legionella Risk Assessments
- Legionella monitoring & control services
- UKAS-accredited microbial sampling
- Cooling tower maintenance and management services
- Clean and disinfection services
- Showerhead hygiene
- Calorifier inspections
- Thermostatic mixing valve maintenance
AshfordFM is one of the UK’s leading water treatment service providers. We use the latest innovative techniques, offering water hygiene services to customers across the country. Working hand in hand with Ashford Environmental Services, we provide high-value professional water hygiene services and water treatment solutions.
What is Legionella?
If you manage a commercial property, school, or institution, you need to conduct a legionella risk assessment. This dangerous bacterium goes on to cause Legionnaires’ Disease, a lung infection that causes breathing problems, chest pain, cough, and flu-like symptoms. Most people recover completely, but legionella can cause lasting health effects or even death.
Legionnaires’ Disease is caused by inhaling water contaminated with legionella bacteria, of which there are forty variants. Low numbers of these bacteria are usually found in bodies of natural water, such as lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. However, if left unchecked, the legionella infection risk multiplies in standing water units.
This is where building managers need to take heed – legionella risk increases in hot and cold water systems, cooling towers, spa pools, and evaporative condensers. It can infect both drinking and bathing water, and so you need to remain vigilant.
How to Prevent Legionella
As the manager or owner of a commercial property or institution, it’s your responsibility to prevent the spread of legionella on your premises. It is also a legal obligation, according to the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 1.
Your legal responsibilities include completing a legionella risk assessment, preparing a plan to control and prevent the risk, regularly implementing precautions, keeping records of said precautions, and appointing a specific safety manager on-site.
The AshfordFM team provides expert water hygiene services, regularly testing your hot and cold water and keeping it free from these harmful bacteria. We ensure you satisfy all legal requirements, and always provide a written and digital record of legionella testing.