Water Risk Assessment

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What is Legionella?

 

The water-borne legionella bacterium is found in natural environments including ponds, rivers and lakes. However, if conditions are ‘right’, legionella can also establish itself in the mains water supply, where it can be distributed in the form of airborne droplets (aerosols), putting people at risk. The danger to humans is that if the legionella bacteria is inhaled, it can develop into the potentially fatal Legionnaires’ disease.

Risks from the legionella bacteria, therefore, need to be closely managed, and if you are in control of premises, you must be aware of the risks that it poses. There are a number of conditions that allow for the growth of the bacteria, including:

  • Water temperatures between 20°C and 50°C
  • Available nutrients (including sediment, biofilm, algae, scale, rust, material, etc.)
  • Presence of biofilm on surfaces of water
  • Poor or inadequate management or maintenance caused by lack of training and awareness

water risk assessment will reduce the likelihood of the legionella bacteria spreading.

 

Legionnaires disease

 

Legionnaires’ disease, which is also known as legionellosis, is a type of pneumonia. For those in the main risk groups, it can potentially be fatal – those most at risk are the elderly, people with suppressed immune systems, people over the age of 55, smokers, heavy drinkers or those suffering from diabetes, as well as those with chronic respiratory, heart or kidney disease.

The legionella bacteria can also cause other, less harmful illnesses such as Pontiac fever and Lochgoilhead fever, which can affect anyone.

Water Risk Assessment Service Provider

 

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and in compliance with the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP L8, HSG 274), duty holders, including employers and those in control of premises, must ensure the health and safety of their employees or others who may be using their facilities or visiting their premises, including protecting them from the risk of legionella with regular legionella risk assessments.

As a water hygiene service and water risk assessment provider, uRisk carries out a full range of control measures and risk systems services including:

We are your one-stop shop for cold water systems legionella safety.

Your water risk assessment will be carried out by one of our qualified and DBS-checked assessors. We will undertake a complete survey of the premises as a part of our water risk assessments process. For factors such as non-WRAS approved fittings and poor cold-water tank or hot-water cylinder conditions, as well as temperature profiling and accessibility to all areas that require legionella risk assessment monitoring and maintenance by law.

Contact us to book your water risk assessment today.

Legionella and Landlords

 

The Legionella control association states that if you are a landlord and rent out a property you own, or a room within the home, then you have legal responsibilities to protect your tenants and keep them safe from water systems health hazards. Do not take this responsibility lightly. Failing to comply with the law around water risk assessments and legionella can result in fines and, in some extreme cases, prosecution if convicted of a health and safety offence.

Tenants should be informed by their estate agents or the landlord directly of any measures that are in place at the property and anything that needs to be maintained while at the property. Legionella risk assessment record-keeping is not a legal requirement for landlords, but it is certainly advisable to maintain and keep records of any legionella risk assessments and advisories or any ongoing remedial works at your properties to show that you are doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of your tenants.

To help prevent Legionnaires’ disease, uRisk provides a water systems Legionella Risk Assessment for single property landlords, multiple property landlords, estate agents, letting agents and property management companies. 

Get In Touch Today for your own risk assessment quote!

What’s included in the water risk assessment?

You will receive a fully comprehensive assessment helping you meet compliance.

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Executive Summary

Risk ratings

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Control and Management

Control measures checked

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Survey

Key findings

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Introduction to Legionella

Learn about legionella

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Site Description

Site information

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Water Logbook Records

Records are checked

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FAQ

Frequently asked questions

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Supporting Links

Helpful websites

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Management

Management structure

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Water System Overview

Water system description

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HSE Guidelines

HSE references

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Site Photos

Asset photos

Additional fees apply for water systems legionella samples, water logbooks and schematics. If you have had a previous risk assessment you may not need any of these. But the only way for us to tell if they are needed and how many are is by carrying out an initial legionella risk assessment.

Service process

Get a Quote

To get a quote you can phone, email or complete our contact form to receive a quotation typically within 24 hours.

Booking

Once you are happy with our quote we will confirm a suitable date and estimated time of arrival for your appointment.

Your Appointment

An engineer will be with you on your scheduled date, and will provide a curtesy call to confirm they’re on route.

Report & Support

Your report is then Quality Checked and emailed to you in PDF format, typically with Next Day Delivery but you should allow for 5 working days.

All payments are due prior to booking completion unless agreed in writing for 30 days from the date of invoice. We will hold your booking time for 24 hours whilst we await payment.

Water Risk Assessment FAQs

When and how often do I need a water risk assessment?

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and in compliance with the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP L8, HSG 274), duty holders, including employers and those in control of premises, must ensure the health and safety of their employees or others who may be affected by their undertaking, this includes the risk of legionella with a risk assessment. Having a regular and sufficient risk assessment applies if you are a private Landlord and have rental properties which are occupied.

How much does a water risk assessment cost?

So how much does it cost? Across the industry, prices vary enormously often depending on the size of the company you use and their processes, the speed of works and professionalism. There are two types of assessments, the first is commercial and the second domestic, also referred to as residential rental properties or landlord risk assessments.

Commercial risk assessments normally start from £250 to in excess of £750, however, our prices start from £99 depending on the size of the cold water system and location.

How long will the water risk assessment take?

On average, the time our qualified assessor spends on site is 1 hour for every 10 outlets (sinks, showers, baths, etc). So an assessment can take anywhere between 30 minutes to 6 or 7 hours. It entirely depends on the size of your cold water system and the number of water assets you have such as cold water storage tanks, cylinders or combination boilers.

Our engineers will work closely with you to ensure minimal disruption to your business is caused. Clear and easy access to rooms and buildings will play a part in the time spent on-site at your premises.

When will I receive your findings?

Your report is Quality Checked and emailed to you in PDF format, typically with Next Day Delivery but you should allow for 5 working days.

Are uRisk qualified?

Yes, all of our assessors are fully qualified and accredited by City & Guilds and can help assist you in meeting compliance today for HSE (ACoP L8). We are also Safe Contractor and Construction Online approved so you can rest assured that you are working with a trusted water hygiene service provider who put health and safety first.

All our engineers are DBS Checked to ensure suitable people are entering your premises and to safeguard vulnerable people. We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of health regulations and reducing your water risk.

Do uRisk service my area?

Yes, our services are nationwide. Whether you have one or multiple cold water systems and one or multiple sites, we provide services across the country, with qualified engineers scattered throughout the UK and offices based in Hertfordshire which is a 30-minute train journey to London King’s Cross.

Your dedicated water hygiene team

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Customer Service Executive

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Support Executive

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Business Manager

Why choose uRisk?

25 Years Experience

Over 25 years of water hygiene and legionella control experience.

Customer Service Excellence

Friendly and simple advice by phone, email & online at your convenience.

City & Guilds Qualified

All staff are trained water hygiene consultants and engineers.

Nationwide Coverage

With engineers located all across the UK, we’re never too far away.

UKAS Accredited Testing

Our labs are UKAS approved providing you with quality assurance.

Full Compliance Services

Your one stop shop for Legionella control, no need to go elsewhere.

A fabulous company, excellent customer service, they try to accommodate appoitments, and do there utmost in emergencies, been with them a few years now,  honestly cant fault them. Coming out of Covid 19, having our building urgently disanitised,  big thank-you to Luke and Lee for staying so late to get the job done!! Thank you Devon, for juggling the diary to fit us in so soon. A Team 🙂
Jo Maskell
Jo Maskell
18:02 15 Jun 20
Extremely happy with our legionella risk assessment carried out by uRisk, easy to understand and great customer service. Thanks again
Nickayla Robertson
Nickayla Robertson
21:22 15 Jan 19
Brilliant service! Thanks a lot for the hard graft
Leon Macauley
Leon Macauley
21:12 15 Jan 19
Brilliant Service, efficient, professional, punctual and friendly.
Alex Windsor
Alex Windsor
18:21 15 Jan 19
uRisk have been helping us with our Legionella Control for a number of years now. We've recently had a CQC audit and they were very impressed with our legionella compliance! Thank you for all your help.
Mike Port
Mike Port
20:41 07 Aug 18
Fantastic training courses and we've found the legionella risk assessment very easy to read and far more detailed than any we have previously had. 5 star service!
Gemma Pond
Gemma Pond
20:37 07 Aug 18
Incredibly detailed and professional team. Have been beyond helpful with with our CQC legionella compliance for our Safety. They’ve found solutions to fit around how we work and our budgets. We are always advised with reference to HSE which has been brilliant.
Amy Thorne
Amy Thorne
20:29 07 Aug 18
We're a small GP practice and started using uRisk for legionella risk assessments. We opted to use their remedial and monitoring services and they've been absolutely great. We cannot recommend them enough! Thank you so much!
Amanda Pates
Amanda Pates
18:30 07 Aug 18
Brilliant company, customer service was great! And engineers were fantastic. Thanks again uRisk! Will definitely be using them for all future work.
Nikesh Gohil
Nikesh Gohil
12:49 12 Mar 18

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