In the UK there are legal regulations in place that cover and control the of area of legionella control in water systems, these regulations are governed and enforced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
The three main Acts that cover legionella legislation and compliance, include:
- The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999 (COSHH)
The HSE provides a wide spectrum of advice and written reports covering legionella regulations in the UK. The main code of practice (ACoP L8 / HSG274) document which pertains to the ongoing compliance of monitoring, controlling and prevention of legionella in water systems. The ACoP L8/HSG274 document provides employers, statuary duty holders, and industry operators clear written advice on the regulations covering legionella to ensure compliance and legal responsibilities are achieved.
Any UK organisation must comply with the legislation governed by the HSE for the control of legionella, as failing to meet the required compliance standard, demonstrate evidence such risk assessments, monitoring and maintenance records will be dealt with very severely and may result in legal prosecution.
To ensure you are meeting your legal duties and responsibilities any organisation should commence with a risk assessment of their water system to ensure legionella does not become a danger to health.