Legionella News Around The World


The UK’s Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have now published their new Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L8 and guidance documents dealing with the management of Legionnaires' disease risks and the control of legionella bacteria in water systems.

Eplus Global directors have recently reviewed the HSE’s new ACOP L8 and supporting documents, comparing them to the 3rd addition which was released in 2006, and have identified several important changes to the way in which Legionella risks should now be managed.

The main changes to the HSE’s ACOP L8 are summarised here:
Technical guidance has been removed from the ACOP L8 and now moved to a new document, HSG 274 which is split into three parts as follows:
HSG 274
Part 1 - cooling water systems.

Part 2 - hot and cold water systems. 
Part 3 - other risk systems.

The new ACOP L8 makes clear reference to COSHH, HASAW Act, Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations and gives guidance on how to comply with these.

The new documents give improved guidance on how to comply with health and safety law. The scope and application of the new documents are expanded and now include specific references to spa pools.

Details concerning “Carrying out a Risk Assessment” are no longer simply guidance, they are now specifically included in the new approved code of practice (Para 38) giving this aspect greater authority. The previous ACOP L8 (former Para 38) stated that Legionella risk assessments must be reviewed after no more than two years. This constraint is now removed. However, the new ACOP L8 states that they should be reviewed regularly or if there is a belief that the risk assessment is no longer valid. The ACOP gives a number of specific circumstances where risk assessments should be reviewed. This is now down to the advice of the consultants and ultimately set by the Duty Holder or his RP. At Eplus we have linked the frequency to the building risk level. Call us for more detail.

There is now the potential for the role of the “Responsible Person” to be an external party. This leads us to the opption of FM companies to who are doing day to day control.

There is now more emphasis on the dissemination of information and discussion with employees. How this is achieved effectively should be given thorough consideration.

Details concerning the need to review control measures (former Para 61) are no longer simply guidance, they are now specifically included in the new approved code of practice (Para 61) giving this aspect greater authority.

The responsibilities of manufacturers, importers, suppliers and installers have been expanded under the new ACOP L8 (Paras 76-81) to make them more onerous. Much of this was previously guidance.

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