Phil France Plumbing and Heating can ensure that the water systems of your commercial premises are kept operationally safe, enabling you to provide your your clients with a 100% compliant hygiene safety and water supply. A comprehensive package of water hygiene services to meet your needs, ranging from temperature audits to water sampling, tank inspections, shower cleaning, pH monitoring and thermostatic mixing valve (TMV) servicing are provided. Alongside routine water hygiene tasks, they can provide advance analysis and maintenance of your closed water systems to provide protection from corrosion and microbial presence.
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Scarborough, Whitby, Filey, Bridlington. Snaiton, Malton, Helmsley,Pickering, Thirsk, Skipton, Tadcaster, Guisborough, York, Harrogate etc ...
Our legionella risk assessments focus on the identification and evaluation of all hot and cold water systems for risks associated with Legionella to ACoP L8 guidelines. We can provide clear and comprehensive reports complete with site schematics and recommendations for the risks identified.
By law, legionella risk assessments need to be reviewed every 2 years or following a system change. We can examine the validity of the current risk assessment and all site control measures. These are carried out to carried out to ACoP L8 guidelines.
We can provide tailored water hygiene monitoring and control programmes which include the recommended processes and actions required to control all the identified risks of legionella, to ensure that you are compliant with ACoP L8 and your water system remains free from harmful levels of contaminants.
We can provide a range of chemical and microbiological analysis of water systems by a UKAS accredited laboratory, predominantly testing for Legionella, Total Viable Counts, Coliform and E- coli amongst others.
We can clean and disinfect cold water storage tanks where water is stored, also providing reactive emergency legionella positive disinfection.
We can provide a complete service to address all water system requirements, from basic remedial and plumbing works to replacement of large capacity water storage tanks.
We can audit and provide corrective plumbing and improvement works to the physical structure of your water system to keep you compliant with latest regulations, including re-routing and reconfiguration of components
HSE Information and guidance on legionella & legionnaires disease
Visit this link: hse.gov.uk/legionnairesfor further information, including explanations about legionella, risk and legal requirements.
We can provide disinfection of pipework including internal hot and cold water services, external mains injections and all pre-commission services in line with local water authority guidelines.
Legionella bacteria is commonly found in water. The bacteria multiply where temperatures are between 20-45°C and nutrients are available. The bacteria however remain dormant below 20°C and do not survive above 60°C.
Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal type of pneumonia, contracted by inhaling airborne water droplets containing viable Legionella bacteria. Such droplets can be created, for example, by: hot and cold water outlets; atomisers; wet air conditioning plant; and whirlpool or hydrotherapy baths. Anyone can develop Legionnaires’ disease, but the elderly, smokers, alcoholics and those with cancer, diabetes or chronic respiratory or kidney disease are more at risk.
What you need to do
Health and social care providers should carry out a full risk assessment of their hot and cold water systems and ensure adequate measures are in place to control the risks - alternatively we can do this for you.
Using temperature control
The primary method used to control the risk from Legionella is water temperature control. Water services should be operated at temperatures that prevent Legionella growth:
We can routinely check, inspect and clean the system, in accordance with the risk assessment.
We will identify ‘sentinel’ outlets (furthest and closest to each tank or cylinder) for monthly checking of the distribution temperatures.We will also check the hot water storage cylinder temperatures every month and cold water tank temperatures at least every six months.
Stagnant water favours Legionella growth. To reduce the risk we can remove dead legs/dead ends in pipe-work, flush out infrequently used outlets (including showerheads and taps) and clean and de-scale shower heads and hoses at least quarterly.
We will also clean cold-water storage tanks and drain water from the hot water cylinders to check for debris or signs of corrosion.
We can design systems to minimise Legionella growth, by:
We can analyse water samples for Legionella periodically to demonstrate that bacteria counts are acceptable. The frequency should be determined by level of risk, in accordance with the risk assessment.
Other control methods
Other methods to control Legionella include copper and silver ionisation and biocide treatments (eg chlorine dioxide). To ensure that they remain effective their application will need suitable assessment as part of the overall water treatment programme including proper installation, maintenance and monitoring.
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