Updated information on managing and controlling legionella bacteria in water systems - Palmers Solicitors

Updated information on managing and controlling legionella bacteria in water systems

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revised the Legionnaires’ disease Approved Code of Practice (ACOP). The clarity of information within the ACOP has been improved by the publication of technical guidance online as opposed to within the body of the ACOP, with the focus of the ACOP being upon more general guidance.

More specifically, there is revised guidance to assist those who have responsibility for management of the risks of legionella bacteria. Employers, those in control of premises and other “dutyholders” are obliged to manage those risks.

Lorraine Medcalf, HSE’s Legionella policy lead, explained the benefits of the change: “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 and separate it from general guidance on the regulations, making it available on our website”.

Information in the revised publication includes:

  • identifying and assessing sources of risk
  • preparing a scheme to prevent or control risk
  • implementing, managing and monitoring precautions
  • keeping records of precautions
  • appointing a competent person with sufficient authority and knowledge of an installation to help take measures needed to comply with the law.

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