What is the Legionella Control Association?
The Legionella Control Association was established at the request of HSE in 1999 as the Code of Conduct Association to raise the standards amongst companies providing legionella control services. As a leading service provider Feedwater have been involved literally from day 1 and have been an LCA Registered Company throughout the organisation’s history.
How does the Legionella Control Association work?
The LCA administers a voluntary Code of Conduct which requires registered companies to establish a management system of policies and procedures to meet 9 service provider commitments and to produce a statement of compliance which explains how the organisation complies. Companies also need to comply with specific Service Standards for those legionella control services that it is registered for. The LCA then audits the company against the Code and the service standards and provided they meet a satisfactory standard then they are given, a 12 month certificate and their name will appear on the LCA website. If their systems fall some way short they are given 3 months in which to put things right after which their name will be removed from the website.
Each year on 1st July service providers are required to re-register and provide an updated Statement of Compliance and any other information requested. There is an 8 week window until 31st August during which the member company must successfully re-register. The service provider is required to register which specific areas of activity associated with controlling legionella they are involved in such as legionella risk assessment, chemical water treatment services, cleaning and disinfection etc. They have to pay extra for each of these categories and they are required to comply with a specific service standard associated each area of activity. Their areas of registered activity are indicated on the website and printed on their registration certificate.
The member company is given a site audit by the LCA every year when their systems are examined closely. If any non-conformances are identified they have 3 months in which to correct these after which time their name is removed from the LCA website.