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Approved Code of Practice L8 revised and new HSG274 Technical Guidance issued

posted 5 Aug 2014, 05:48 by Ian Clarenbone

Approved Code of Practice L8 Legionnaires Disease – The control of Legionella bacteria in water systems

ACoP L8 has recently been revised.  The latest edition of ACoP L8 is aimed at dutyholders, including employers, those in control of premises and those with health and safety responsibilities for others, to help them comply with their legal duties in relation to Legionella. 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.

This ACoP and guidance on regulations contains revisions to simplify and clarify the text. The main changes are the removal of Part 2, the technical guidance, which is now published separately in HSG274, and giving the following issues ACoP status:

·        risk assessment

·        the specific role of an appointed competent person, known as the ‘responsible person’

·        the control scheme

·        review of control measures

·        duties and responsibilities of those involved in the supply of water systems      

HSG274 Legionnaires Disease -Technical Guidance

This guidance is for dutyholders, which includes employers, those in control of premises 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 responsible for others.

 The guidance gives practical advice on the legal requirements of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 concerning the risk from exposure to Legionella and guidance on compliance with the relevant parts of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

 The guidance is in three parts:

 ·        Part 1: The control of Legionella bacteria in evaporative cooling systems

·        Part 2: The control of Legionella bacteria in hot and cold water systems

·        Part 3: The control of Legionella bacteria in other risk systems

Copies of both of the above documents can be downloaded direct from the Health and Safety Executive website or can be obtained from us.

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