LEGIONNAIRE’S DISEASE The disease is a pneumonia-like illness caused by the Legionella bacteria. Everyone is susceptible to infection. The bacterium is a common one which survives and multiplies in water. It is widespread in natural and fresh water such as rivers, lakes, streams and ponds. It may also be found in wet soil.
An Information Sheet (Information Sheet 20b) has been issued by the Methodist Church, CLICK HERE
The Health and Safety Executive have issued two documents:-
Legionnaires’ disease - A brief guide for dutyholders
Who is this leaflet for?
This leaflet is aimed at employers and people in control of premises, eg landlords, where man-made water systems are used that could be a potential source for legionella bacteria growth. It will help you to understand the health risks associated with legionella. Legionnaires’ disease: The control of legionella bacteria in water systems (see below)provides further details about how to manage and control the risks in your system.
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Legionnaires’ disease - The control of legionella bacteria in water systems
Approved Code of Practice and guidance
This is a free-to-download, web-friendly version of L8, (Third edition, published 2000). This version has been adapted for online use from HSE’s current printed version.
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This book is written for dutyholders, including employers and those with health and safety responsibilities for others, to help them comply with their legal duties. These include identifying and assessing sources of risk, preparing a scheme to prevent or control risk, implementing, managing and monitoring precautions, keeping records of precautions and appointing a manager to be responsible for others.
The Approved Code of Practice and guidance give practical advice on the legal requirements concerning the risk from exposure to legionella bacteria. The Code also gives guidance on compliance with the relevant parts of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.