Month: November 2017

What is Legionnaires Disease and How To Prevent It

Did you know that incorrect water temperature is a key risk factor for legionella growth. Legionella growth can of course lead to Legionnaires Disease. If you are an employer or person in control of a premises then you must organise a risk assessment from exposure to legionella. Here are some key facts about Legionnaires Disease, what to expect and how to prevent it…

The Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) Legionnaires’ Disease

Issued by the Government’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) this code significantly extends the scope of its guidance on control of legionella bacteria in water. The code applies to all hot and cold water systems in the workplace regardless of their capacity, i.e. the lower limit of 300 litres previously used to exclude domestic systems, no longer applies. Whilst domestic systems may represent a risk, the code only applies to a risk arising from a work activity. This means that all employers, who manage premises with hot/cold water systems and/or wet cooling systems, have a legal responsibility to identify any risk of contamination and to prevent or control it. These records have to be kept for a minimum of five years. Read more

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