This expert guide explains what duty holders, including employers, landlords and other people responsible for the management of property and facilities in the UK must do to minimise the risks from Legionella bacteria and Legionnaires’ disease in their workplace. The guide highlights the UK’s primary health and safety legislation covering the control of legionella, and sets out what duty holders need to do to comply with the law. It looks at the need to appoint a competent or responsible person, the importance of the risk assessment process, how to develop a written scheme of control, what practical measures can be taken to ensure water safety is maintained, and concludes with a review of what records need to be kept and for how long.
Here we take a look at what it means to be the duty holder, responsible for the control of legionella and Legionnaires’ disease risks in a business. In the UK legionella control is just one of the many issues which business owners, directors and senior managers have to be on top of – it’s a legal requirement.