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Employers are required to control the risk of exposure to legionella bacteria in accordance with Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations. This is achieved by following the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) L8 The Control of Legionella (Bacteria in Water Systems) in general these require the employer to conduct the following:
If you fail to produce an up to date Legionella risk assessment upon request from an enforcing authority you are open to criticism and could face a fine.
A legionella written control scheme would be created as an all inclusive process as outlined within the HSE's technical guidance (HSG274), covering legionella risk management, its documentation, measures and controls. When combined, these allow for the management of risks relating to legionella bacteria to be assesed as an ongoing managed process for water systems over a period of sustained time.
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