Water Statutory Testing & Inspection

Legionnaires’ Disease is a water borne disease which causes a form of pneumonia. According to the HSE there are around 200-250 cases in the UK every year and 12% of them are fatal.

About half the cases are associated with foreign travel while many cases originating in the UK cannot be traced to their source. However, some outbreaks have been associated with cooling tower systems and hot and cold water systems in factories, hotels, hospitals and other establishments. Risk is increased by the presence of sludge or fouling.

Failure to comply may result inВ fines but in cases of serious neglect, prosecutions for involuntary manslaughter have been sought.

Site Inspections and Monitoring

To meet your obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations and ACOP L8, the HSE recommends that your precautionary measures of control are inspected and tested periodically by a competent person.

The HSE insist that regular monitoring of the system is essential for it to be effective and that the responsibility for this lies with the employer;

“Employers are…required to maintain, examine and test control measures and, at suitable intervals review and, if necessary, revise those measures. They must also keep suitable records of examinations, tests and repairs of control measures.”

According to the HSE, Inspections should involve;

(a) В checking the performance and operation of the system and its component parts;

(b) В inspecting the accessible parts of the system for damage and signs of contamination;

(c) В monitoring to ensure that the treatment regime continues to control to the required standard.

 

Statutory Testing and Inspection Ltd comprehensive Water Risk, Test & Inspection service

 

Our water safety inspectors are Feedwater trained guaranteeing that our work is of the highest standard and performed by experienced professionals.

Our comprehensive compliance and reporting packs are designed to document the work carried out and the results, including a Water Risk Assessment and full asset register indicating remedial repairs where appropriate. A visible pass or fail label is affixed to each appliance detailing the inspection date, next test due and the inspector’s signature. This information is readily accessible online to our clients within hours of tests being completed, and can be viewed via secure login accounts, or supplied in a range of formats to suit individual requirements.

Where necessary we can offer the following services;

Pipework Installation

Unvented Hot Water Storage Heaters Installation and Servicing

Water Tank Chlorination

TMV Maintenance

Dead Leg Removal

 

Common Site Inspections and Monitoring FAQ's

  • What is Water ST&I?
    • Your Water Risk Assessment will have identified sources of risk, a system of control measures to manage the risk (which will be detailed in your written scheme) and a programme of routine inspections to assess the effectiveness of the control system.

  • Water ST&I - Which aspects of the system require testing?
    • All devices and components which are part of the precautionary Water Control System. This will include physical treatment programmes e.g. temperature control for hot & cold water water systems, chemical treatment programmes, cleaning and disinfection procedures and any emergency procedures in place.

       

  • Water ST&I - Who should do the work?
    • Testing & Inspection must be conducted by a ‘competent person’ which can be an employee so long as they are “competent, trained and aware of their responsibilities”. In the absence of such knowledge and experience, you should appoint a qualified consultant. For your own peace of mind, evidence of their qualifications and experience in this type of work should be asked for.

       

  • How often are Water ST&I s required?
    • This will depend on the outcome of your risk assessment e.g. if you have any ‘at risk’ groups on the premises but generally open systems (cooling towers, evaporative condensers and spa pools etc) are more hazardous than closed ones (hot & cold water systems) and should be inspected ‘at least quarterly’ according to the HSE

  • What happens if an item fails Water ST&I?
    • Any remedial works must be carried out as a matter of urgency; we offer our customers a remedial solution to repair any defects found during the test and inspection process. We will provide a no obligation quotation to repair any defects to the standard required by BS5839??? and issue the required certification once the fault has been rectified. We do not charge for the replacement of small items – only for the parts themselves.

  • What are my duties as a landlord?
    • Organisations or individuals providing residential accommodation have the same responsibilities as employers. According to the HSE;

      “(Landlords) have a duty to assess the risk from exposure to legionella to their staff, residents, guests, tenants and customers by implementing appropriate control measures. This is especially important in residential buildings, where vulnerable people may be at risk, such as retirement flats, or where the accommodation is provided specifically for a group who may be susceptible to legionelloses.”

       

  • Water ST&I- Is the testing disruptive?
    • In general it is not possible to conduct any testing without some disruption; the level of disruption will depend upon the type of system and its environment. Our staff are trained to keep such disruption to a minimum. If necessary we could carry out the testing outside work hours (after 5pm Mon-Fri or all day Saturday).

  • Water ST&I - What evidence do we get that the testing has been completed?
    • Upon completion of the test and inspection you should receive a report that provides the following information;

      Schedule of items tested and inspected

      A list of defects or deviations from the British Standard (these will require attention)

      A Certificate?

      We are happy to discuss with you any of the technical aspects of the report.

      Please check above list

  • Water ST&I - How much will it cost?
    • There are many factors that can affect the cost of FAsT Testing such as type of installation, location, access and availability. It is always good practice to establish a cost per test quote as this will cover both parties.

      For a quote please phone 0151 559 1944

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