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Water Treatment Apprenticeships

December 2021 The LCA has been a strong supporter of the Water Treatment Apprenticeship scheme as we recognise the positive impact it would have had on the standards of training and competence in our industry.  Regrettably there have been several government funding changes that mean the scheme is no longer viable.  The focus appears to have moved to college based basic apprenticeships, rather than highly technical apprenticeships that can only be delivered by industry professionals. In August the government announced changes to funding rules and the a

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Internal Auditing

December 2021 The LCA in the past issued service delivery standard checklists to assist LCA members in how they audit themselves for service delivery.  This year the service delivery standards have been revised but the checklists have not been reissued.  A number of members have questioned why we have not provided the ‘exam questions’ and have only provided the ‘syllabus’.  Fundamentally, LCA members must understand the service delivery standard detail and how they comply with this in their operation.  In past ye

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Revised Confidentiality Agreement and Committee Member and Assessor Rules of Conduct

November 2021 There is a revised confidentiality agreement being rolled out as member audits become due. This is designed to be an agreement between the LCA and the member, signed once and kept on file.  This is partly in response to the increasing need to share information as part of remote auditing.  It is also intended to streamline the assessors’ time and allow an efficient use of time at audit. The rules regarding the conduct of the LCA management committee members and the LCA assessors have recently been updated and formalised.  

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2021 Code of Conduct and Calibration Guidance Published

19th April 2021 The 2021 LCA Code of Conduct for Members has been published today in the Members’ area of the LCA website ready for it to start to be used from the 1st of July 2021.  Members are encouraged to read this revised code as soon as possible and start to plan any changes that may be needed for their management procedures and statement of compliance.  The LCA webinars on the changes to the code, service delivery standards and other documents are available on the Media page of the LCA website.

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Factors to Consider When Interpreting and Reporting Positive Legionella results

March 2021 The LCA requires its Members to have in place management procedures and appropriately competent staff, that give them the capability of responding appropriately to positive legionella results.  Positive legionella results following sampling are one area where it’s possible to misinterpret the meaning and end up with what could at best be inappropriate expense and at worst, a dangerous situation and risk to life.   Sample Planning Interpretation of results starts with a suitable sample plan.  If inappropriate samp

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