New Legionnaires’ disease prevention advice issued

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A new Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) for Legionnaires’ disease has been published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), updating the guidance on managing Legionella bacteria in water systems.

Legionella bacteria can thrive in man-made environments such as cooling towers, evaporative condensers, hot and cold water systems, spa pools, humidifiers and emergency showers, and exposure to it often has serious consequences for people.

Each year there are between 230 and 350 cases of the pneumonia-like illness Legionnaires’ disease, which can be fatal for those in high-risk groups, such as people aged over 45 or with chronic respiratory or kidney problems.

Employers and landlords already have a responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) to identify, manage and control risks related to Legionella bacteria.

The new ACoP is designed to clarify the regulations and guidance, and to provide information to employers, landlords and in-house health and safety professionals about Legionella risks.

Lorraine Medcalf, Legionella policy lead for the HSE, said: “The revised ACoP provides greater clarity for dutyholders on what constitutes legal requirements and what is guidance.

“Where possible we have simplified terminology. The review also enabled us to update technical guidance to incorporate technological advancements.”

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Published: 9th December 2013