SNIPEF operates a Legionella Risk Assessment and Disinfection Scheme which demonstrates compliance with the Health and Safety Executive’s Approved Code of Practice for Legionnaires’ Disease: The Control of Legionella bacteria in Water Systems (L8).
The scheme ensures that property owners can meet their legal obligations by using a reputable plumbing company which understands the risks associated with legionella, which can then implement a risk assessment and carry out remedial action where necessary.
The Health and Safety Executive recently revised its Approved Code of Practice for the control of legionella bacteria - generally referred to as L8. The Code applies to all hot and cold-water systems within every property that has either commercial or public use. The Code is significant for plumbers as it specifies that a risk assessment for legionella should be carried out by a competent person. Anyone involved in the design or installation of water treatment measures or maintaining water systems must be properly trained to an appropriate standard.
This scheme allows property owners and management companies to meet their obligations by enabling them to quickly and confidently identify qualified plumbing professionals.
The scheme covers the inspection and/or undertaking of remedial work in connection with hot and cold-water systems in residential accommodation as defined in the Health and Safety Executive Approved Code of Practice; Legionnaires’ Disease: The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems (L8).
Businesses which wish to join the scheme will be required amongst other things to:
Operatives must hold:
Application forms for the Legionella Risk Assessment and Disinfection Scheme (Approved Business and Approved Operative) can be downloaded below.
Approved Businesses will pay an annual fee of £109 (plus VAT) if they are a SNIPEF member (£435 plus VAT if a non-member).
SNIPEF currently provides grants to member firms whose operatives complete the BPEC Disinfection and Risk Assessment of Domestic Hot Water Storage Systems (or equivalent) and/or the BPEC Risk Assessment of Water Systems qualification (or equivalent). A grant of £50 is available for each course up to a maximum of £100 per operative. To access this grant, the operative must have undertaken the course(s) within 12 months from the date membership of the scheme was approved. There are 100 grants currently available.
For more information or assistance, call our Schemes Department on 0131 524 1233.
Download Approved Business application form
Download Approved Operative application form
Download Scheme Guide Legionella Assessment
Download a list of training centres offering the Legionella courses in Scotland
Download a list of training centres offering the Legionella courses in Northern Ireland