Meeting HTM 01-05 requirements- The Legionella risk assessment

July 07, 2011

A Legionella risk assessment could be vital if your practice is to meet the essential requirements of HTM 01-05.

Brodex Water treatments have developed a package for General practitioners offering an efficient, low cost solution to make sure Legionella does not become a stumbling block for your business.

Whatever your view on the issue following the publication of HTM 01-05 the risk of Legionella bacteria in General practice water systems has to be tackled to be sure of compliance.

First issued in 1991 and updated in 2000, the Approved Code of Practice and Guidance for the control of Legionella bacteria, known as L8, places a responsibility on all owners of public premises to carry out this work.

Brodex UK Ltd is a market leader in the field of water hygiene management, maintaining water systems for some of the country’s most prominent companies and organisations. Until recently the company’s Legionella risk assessments were largely confined to larger establishments such as schools, hospitals and hotels where the risk has been traditionally concentrated. However, the publication of HTM 01-05 produced a flurry of enquiries from concerned dental professionals keen to ensure their practices fulfilled all the required standards, including a Legionella risk assessment.

“We understand that for most General Practitioners this is another regulatory issue that simply needs to be dealt with,” says Julie Goodwin, Senior Water Treatment Consultant at Brodex. “It’s obviously important that we carry out a thorough and professional assessment, however we try very hard to keep the process as efficient as possible and to minimise any disruption to the practice” Over the last five months Brodex has carried out over 400 assessments at Denplan practices nationwide and the vast majority have required no further action to be taken. “A very small number (less than 1%) have returned low but positive readings for Legionella,” says Julie.

“Because our engineers are also trained in water treatment and remedial work we have been able to remedy the situation swiftly and discreetly with sterilising and chlorination procedures.”

During the assessment a drawing is made of the water routes in the premises (schematic), the tanks and taps are inspected and water samples taken. The engineer will test the temperature of each hot tap before demonstrating to one of the practice team how to repeat this exercise each month themselves and log the results. Following the assessment a report is produced which includes a detailed action plan should any work be required. Brodex provides its own quotation for this, however clients are welcome to contact local plumbers and other providers so they can choose who to assign the work to.

The Legionella risk assessment fulfils the relevant requirements of both HTM 01-05and the L8 Approved Code of Practice. The certificate is valid for two years unless changes are subsequently made to your practice’s water services, for example to install a local decontamination unit or to increase the number of surgeries.

Water sample testing is recommended at least once a year and practice staff must continue to carry out monthly temperature monitoring.

Brodex are happy to advise any practice further

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