Your Legal Duties

It is imperative for anyone storing or using water in a manner that may expose individuals to Legionella bacteria to fulfil their statutory obligations.

Those who hold responsibility for managed premises, such as employers or individuals overseeing buildings with hot/cold water services or wet cooling systems, are obligated under Health and Safety legislation to carry out specific duties.

The Five Principles

ACoP L8 stipulates that the person responsible for your water systems must follow these five basic principles:

  • 1 Identify and assess sources of risk.
  • 2 Prepare a written scheme for controlling the risk.
  • 3 Implement, manage and monitor precautions.
  • 4 Keep records of precautions.
  • 5 Appoint a person to be managerially responsible.

The Legal Information

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA), Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999 (COSHH) and Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 2002 (MHSWR) state that there are guidelines which must be followed to protect employees and the public from the risks associated with Legionella.

Health and Safety at Work Act


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