The HSE’s ACOP L8 confirms that both the Legionella risk assessments and control measures should be conducted by competent persons. It defines competence as a person who is suitably informed, instructed and trained and who will have been suitably assessed. The HSE go on to say the Legionella Risk Assessor should be properly trained to a standard which ensure the Legionella assessments are conducted in a safe and technically competent manner.
Regular legionella risk assessments refresher training should be evident and all such records should be maintained.
ACOP L8 also confirms that although training is an essential part of competence, it is not the only factor. Competence is a product of sufficient training, experience, knowledge and other personal qualities which are needed to undertake a task safely. It is dependent on the needs of the situation and the nature of the risk involved.
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