In the UK all businesses have a legal responsibility to manage the risks from legionella in their workplaces. In this article our water safety experts explain what legionella is, how it can cause Legionnaires’ disease and who is at risk. It then goes on to consider the risk assessment process and how water temperature, minimising stagnant water conditions and good water system design can help control the risks from legionella in building water systems.
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.
When should you test for legionella is one of the key questions which anyone with responsibility for the management and control of health and safety in the workplace, and in particular the delivery of safe water supplies asks. The simple answer would be to do whatever the UK’s safety laws require you to do as a minimum… and here we’ll explain more. Read more
In this article we review the rare but serious lung condition known as Legionnaires’ disease looking at its diagnosis, treatment and consider whether it is preventable.
We start by reviewing typical symptoms and what’s involved in diagnosing the condition, how it can be treated and conclude with measures that can be put into place to control the risks to people, including the management of water safety in engineered water systems.
In this expert guide the air quality specialists at WTS examine the effects of microbiological contamination on indoor air quality and look at the main culprits and what can be done to manage the risks to ensure clean, safe indoor environments can be maintained.
In this expert guide the specialists at Water Treatment Services examine the use of expansion vessels in pressurised heating systems, the potential legionella risks arising from their use and what can be done to manage those risks in line with current health and safety guidance from the Health and Safety Executive including ACOP L8 and HSG274 Part 2.
The Health & Safety Executives Approved Code of Practice ACOP L8 – “Legionnaires’ disease: The control of legionella bacteria in water systems” provides guidelines for those with responsibility for the control of legionella in water systems. This includes dutyholders, employers, those in control of premises including landlords and those with health and safety responsibilities for others. If that describes you, or if you are involved with the control of legionella at your place of work then get up to speed by downloading your complimentary copy of the HSE’s ACOP L8 now – simply use the download button below.
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.