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   DATE: 21 May 2008   AUTHOR: EDITOR
     
 

Controlling Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems
What You Need To Do?
 
The identification and assessment of the foreseeable risk caused by Legionella Bacteria are covered by the following statutory regulations:
 
1.      Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 - Regulation 6.
2.      Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (Regulation 3).
3.      Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (Sections 2, 3 and 4).
 
Statute requires the 'responsible person' to identify and assess the risk of exposure to Legionella Bacteria from work activity and / or water systems on the premises. As part of this study consideration should be given to harmful bacteria in storm water. The 'responsible person' is either:
 
(a)         the employer, where the risk is from their undertaking / operation to others; or
(b)         the self employed, where there is a risk from their undertaking to either themselves or others; or
(c)         where a person controls and / or maintains a premises where building systems present a risk to tenants.
 
Water systems would include the following
 
          Water systems incorporating a cooling tower.
          Water systems incorporating an evaporative condenser.
          Hot and cold water systems.
          Other plant systems containing water which is likely to exceed 20 C and which produce spray or aerosol during operation or when being maintained.
 
In simple terms you need to identify the foreseeable risk if you are the 'responsible person'.

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